Food marketing, obesity prevention and children’s rights

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WHO policy to limit marketing of unhealthy foods to children
WHO Europe

“Professor Amandine Garde has co-authored a new report from the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization which finds that many existing policies aimed at tackling food marketing to children are markedly insufficient, meaning that children continue to be exposed to commercial messages promoting foods high in fats, salt and sugar and that their rights are not effectively protected. 

This report is part of series of policy reports Amandine Garde and other members of the Law & NCD Unit have written on the implementation of unhealthy food marketing restrictions to children. In particular, in May 2018, Unicef published the report she wrote with Seamus Byrne, Nikhil Gokani and Ben Murphy 'A Child’s Rights-Based Approach to Food Marketing: A Guide for Policy Makers,' which is the first to reflect on the added value of a child rights-based approach to food marketing regulation and to argue that the set of WHO recommendations on the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children should inform the interpretation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.”