Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Should there be standards for marketing "healthy" foods to children?


Last week the UN General Assembly held a UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The Summit focused on the four most prominent non-communicable diseases, namely, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. They also looked at the issue of food marketing to children. Bloomberg news reported that the 
"stake for the makers of snacks, drinks, cigarettes and drugs is a market with combined sales of more than $2 trillion worldwide last year."
Click here to see the full text  of the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases adopted by the UN.

The food industry seems to be taking a proactive approach to guarding the status quo. Marion Nestle's excellent food blog Food Politics put out an urgent call to action this morning about having standards around what items can be marketed as "healthy" to children? Read the full post http://www.foodpolitics.com/2011/09/help-rescue-the-governments-marketing-to-kids-nutrition-standards/

ADDENDUM:
Marion Nestle is disappointed in the UN  resolution. Read her take on the subject on her blog Food Politics