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Councils call for junk food advertising ban

Friday March 18 2016

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COUNCILS have called for the power to ban junk food advertising near schools to combat child obesity.

The Local Government Association says the move would reduce children’s exposure to unhealthy food and drinks high in salt, fat and sugar.

Research shows that marketing and advertising can be a big influence on young people’s choice of food and drink.

A recent study found that 75 per cent of food and drink marketing seen by young people was for junk food, with many buying more than one food or drink item in response.

Latest figures show that three and a half million children are obese – one in five 10 and 11-year-olds and one in 10 four and five-year-olds.

What do you think WABers? Do your kids eat too much junk food? Will removing advertising near schools make a difference?

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Reply Posted by Ken on Friday March 18 2016 at 18:30
Why not just put the prices up to stop people buying it like you do with cigarettes because this government tries to rule everyone's life telling people what they can and can't do

Reply Posted by paul on Monday March 21 2016 at 09:34
It needs banning in newspapapers and on telly aswell

Reply Posted by Slim Jim on Monday March 21 2016 at 20:10
There has always been shops like this near Schools , the School I went to had 2 shops and a fish shop with in 300mtr of the School gates ,nobody was shouting close them down or have them moved , what has this world come to ????

Reply Posted by Whats Occurrin on Tuesday March 22 2016 at 16:24
Come on...why do so many gullible people buy into the Government's scare mongering tactics every time they want to raise more revenue?
When I was a kid, we called it "puppy fat", these days the Government want us to believe we have an obesity "crisis"...absolute twaddle!!!
Notice how every so often they pick on a different aspect of the way we eat, drink, smoke etc.? Then all of a sudden the prices of certain items rise?
Easy money for them to rake in when we are sadly a country of sheep, who follow their every, carefully manufactured word.