restricting unhealthy food marketing to children

Calls for restricting the marketing of unhealthy foods to children ignored by policy makers: What can we do?

 

An unhealthy diet is the leading risk factor for death, life years lost and disability in Canada. Processed diets full of free sugar, saturated fats, and high levels of sodium make a substantial contribution to global and national obesity, dyslipidemia, diabetes, and hypertension. While these diseases cannot purely be linked to unhealthy eating – there are many contributing factors – dietary choices can be attributed directly to an environment that markets unhealthy food and beverage options. Where these marketing messages cause the most concern is with children, who easily influenced by these highly visible advertising campaigns.

Copeman Healthcare physician, Mark Gelfer, MD, CCFP, FCFP, along with Eric Mang, MPA; Tara Duhaney, MHSc and Norm Campbell, MD,FRCPC, address the impact on our health, the health of our children and the action required to address the federal government regulations over the marketing of unhealthy foods.

Read the entire Commentary, as published in The official journal of the College of Family Physician Physicians in Canada