In April 2022, the UK will introduce a severe restriction on promotions of food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar. Obesity is a serious issue for the Brits.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnsons launches an assault on obesity: he wants to ban promotions for unhealthy food in supermarkets. The corona crisis has strengthened his conviction, he says.
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Unilever, the multinational that owns ice cream brands such as Magnum, will no longer target children under 12 on traditional and social media. The measure follows alarming reports from organisations such as the World Health Organisation regarding childhood obesity.
Neighbourhood stores and convenience stores often display unhealthy snacks and sugar-rich beverages in an all-too prominent way, according to a British study. Health organisations have met the challenge of developing a more balanced store layout.
The Dutch government wants to reduce taxes on water and sugar-free soft drinks, making them cheaper for consumers. At the same time, it wants to discourage the sale of alcohol and junk food, in the struggle against obesity.
The food industry's voluntary efforts alone will not solve child obesity according to the World Health Organization. Taxation and marketing restrictions are required to achieve that goal, it feels.