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Can the junk food marketing on children really be restricted?

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Advertisements of junk-food are nowadays present everywhere: on television, websites, social media, games, in supermarkets, and even in schools (in some countries like USA). This marketing is highly aggressive and very impactful on children. Especially small kids are very susceptible to persuasive messages used in marketing - if they see a cartoon character and creative colorful packaging advertised on a chocolate bar, the first thing they do is run to their parent and ask to buy it. All this has been proven to increase food intake in children leading to obesity.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is planning to provide countries with recommendations on measures to restrict food marketing to which children are exposed.

Do you think the restriction of marketing towards children will help them eat less junk food? Can its exposure really be restricted, especially in the omnipresent internet age?
Do you think it is a resposibility of the government to regulate it or is it an individual obligation of the parents to restrict their children?

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Actually  the young people become obese and having diabetics  due to influence of junk food advertisements. Govt can regulate, otherwise, they pay more money  to spend for health expense of public. Unfortunately, junk food sale  give lot GST to Govt. Childhood obesity, Juvenile diabetics  and adult diabetics  directly related with Junk food  consumption, which promoted by retail advertisements influencing children

I think why Govt cannot have policy on Junk food advt. London  city banned junk food advts in public transport due to better health for public.

A new study from top academics has claimed 100,000 obesity cases have been prevented due to a ban on junk food advertising on the Transport for London (TfL) network.


Since February 2019, adverts for foods high in calories from sugar or fat, or high in salt, have been banned across the TfL network.

Food and drink brands, restaurants, takeaways and delivery services are only allowed to place adverts that promote healthier products - rather than simply publicising brands.

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