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messageJunk food adverts and obesity
Posted by Spartacus February 12, 10:00PM

There is an article on the BBC today that said Walls ice cream are going to stop aiming adverts at the youth and produce healthier treats.
[www.bbc.co.uk]

This really is the tip of the obesity iceberg problem IMHO.

Should all junk food adverts (burgers, fried chicken and fast food delivery services for example) be banned on screen,in print or other media to help promote a healthier diet as out of sight is out of mind ?

Or is that promoting a nanny state ?

messageRe: Junk food adverts and obesity
Posted by Blah Blah February 12, 10:41PM

The cost of treating obesity related medical conditions far outweighs any concerns we should have for the food industry. In an ideal world, education would be enough to make us all eat responsibly. But we have a food industry that stuffs our supermarkets and high streets with processed food that leaves us hungry (helping us to overeat) and turns us all into sugar and processed fat addicts. And that is before we get onto the methods used to provide cheap meat. It completely baffles me, that when we know so much about nutrition and the body, that we continue to do nothing about so much bad food.

messageRe: Junk food adverts and obesity
Posted by Gaynor Hill February 13, 12:21AM

Yes people do know they just can't be bothered to cook it's easy to do something in 30 mins and with pre packed salads ready chopped veg all works out cheaper if you cannot be bothered to do it yourself

messageRe: Junk food adverts and obesity
Posted by Spartacus February 14, 01:41PM

There is a fascinating (long) read on how ultra processed foods took over our shopping baskets in the Guardian

Well worth a read over a chocolate biscuit but I hope after reading it you will think about reducing your chocolate biscuit and other ultra processed foods consumption.

[www.theguardian.com]

messageRe: Junk food adverts and obesity
Posted by Spartacus February 14, 01:55PM

Also worth a gander at this website and they offer an app (if you want to install it) that gives you the score of processed foods so that you can try and eat healthier ones

[world.openfoodfacts.org]

messageRe: Junk food adverts and obesity
Posted by KidKruger February 16, 08:55AM

If you canít pick it or kill it, donít eat it.
People need to own the problem with processed foods themselves, relying on Govt for protection is naive.
The food industry is set up (and supported by Govt) to give you least value and max profit to orgs.

messageRe: Junk food adverts and obesity
Posted by seenbeen February 16, 11:35AM

A friend works in a sixth form college and the canteen dished up unhealthy stuff until the teachers complained and the menus changed to much healthier foods. The students then started buying their food in the local high street- kebabs, chips, fried chicken etc so the canteen reverted back to the awful stuff.

messageRe: Junk food adverts and obesity
Posted by Spartacus February 16, 11:42AM

Seenbeen that's a truly sad state of affairs, that kids are so brainwashed into eating badly that they choose it over healthy options.

I wonder if the adverts were banned and healthy options are promoted from a young age, then over say ten years, that the nation's diet would change as young people aren't indoctrinated into poor diets ?

Something's got to give before the waistbands of the nation does.

messageRe: Junk food adverts and obesity
Posted by JohnL February 16, 11:50AM

seenbeen Wrote:
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> A friend works in a sixth form college and the
> canteen dished up unhealthy stuff until the
> teachers complained and the menus changed to much
> healthier foods. The students then started buying
> their food in the local high street- kebabs,
> chips, fried chicken etc so the canteen reverted
> back to the awful stuff.

Why not healthy on most days then on Friday a treat day.


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