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The effect of junk food advertising on obesity in children

Published Monday, January 15, 2018

This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 16 January 2018 from 9.30-11am on the effect of junk food advertising on obesity in children. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee and the debate will be opened by Maggie Throup MP.

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There are controls on advertising for high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) foods in both broadcast and non-broadcast media in the UK.

A Commons Library briefing paper, Advertising to children, provides more general information on advertising and children.

Please note that this briefing focuses narrowly on issues around the advertising of HFSS products. It does not consider other wider factors and Government policies that may impact on childhood obesity rates.

Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0012

Authors: Nikki Sutherland; Sarah Barber; Lukas Audickas; Sarah Pepin

Topics: Health education and preventive medicine, Obesity

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