Ban junk food advertising on internet, say UK campaigners

Food and drink companies should be banned from marketing unhealthy snacks and drinks to young children via new media such as social networking sites and text messaging, a coalition of international consumer groups and health bodies recommends today.The group is urging governments to adopt a code that they say would curb the rising obesity rates among children. The code would restrict junk food marketing, including outlawing the use of cartoon characters, celebrity tie-ins, free gifts and competitions aimed at younger audiences.The federation of consumer organisations – including the UK group Which? – wants its code to be adopted by governments as part of the World Health Organisation’s broader strategy to tackle obesity and diet-related disease.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/mar/15/advertising.food

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