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New Junk Food Advert Ban: Same Old Advertising Industry Proposals

By Dr Mimi Tatlow-Golden, Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology and Childhood, The Open University The UK Government has announced plans to significantly restrict online advertising of less healthy food and drinks. A ban on some adverts for certain foods high in...

Letter to The Times – 18th December 2020

Letter to The Times – 18th December 2020

The following letter was sent to The Times in response to an op-ed by an employee of the Adam Smith Institute 'Think Tank' on 16th December. Dear Sir, Morgan Schondelmeier’s article for Times Red Box (Obesity: online ban for high-fat foods is not the answer – 16th...

Response to Sugar Reduction Targets – 7th October 2020

“These results are disappointing, but not surprising. It’s clear from this report that the food industry is unable or unwilling to reformulate voluntarily and it’s now time for a different approach. The significant sugar reduction seen in milk based drinks, shows that...

Response to Calorie Reduction Targets

In response to Public Health England’s publication of calorie reduction guidelines for the food industry, Caroline Cerny, Alliance Lead at the Obesity Health Alliance said: “It’s much harder to eat healthily when so much of the food available to us is over-loaded with...

Letter published in The Times – 11 July, 2020

"Dear Sir,  While we welcome a renewed government focus on reducing obesity, failing to include a policy that stops junk food adverts being shown on TV and online before the 9pm watershed, would be a serious error. Adverts for unhealthy food dominate prime-time TV and...