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Academics from the University of Auckland have called for statutory restrictions on ‘unhealthy’ food advertising to children. They believe the new industry’s “Children and Young People’s Advertising Code” fails to ...

The Spanish Consumer Organisation (OCU) issued a press release calling on the government to ban the advertising of 'unhealthy' food and beverage to children. It also asks to include strict nutritional criteria such as those developed by the World He...

On 27 July, the Alliance for Food Safety (Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria), a coalition of organisations aiming to tackle obesity in Mexico, claimed Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé breached their international commitment on advertising to child...

On 15 November, the NCD Alliance (NCDA) and Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) adopted the Sharjah Declaration on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), following the Global NCD Alliance Forum, held in the United Arab Emirates on 14/15 November. Advocacy g...

On 29 September, WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity released a draft final report in which it calls for statutory restrictions on the marketing of sugar-sweetened non-alcoholic beverages and energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods (‘unhe...

In an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag over the weekend, a representative of the German Green party called for regulation banning the advertising of “unhealthy” food to children. Renate Künast, who is the Chairperson ...

On 24 August, consumer group Foodwatch Germany released a report in which it claims that the EU Pledge is ineffective and calls on the federal government to ban the marketing of food products to under 16 years old based on WHO Europe nutrient profile...

On 22 June, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan gave a speech at the third meeting of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) in Hong Kong during which she highlighted the need for regulatory and statutory approaches to reduce the marketi...

A paper published in the May 2015 World Health Organisation (WHO) Bulletin reveals broad support among the public health community in New Zealand for restrictions on food marketing to children. This is in line with recommendations from the recently f...

In a new press release, BEUC - the umbrella body for EU member states' national consumer groups – urges member states and EU Pledge signatories to endorse the nutrient profile model developed by the Europe Regional Office of the World Health Or...

On 19 February, the WHO Regional office for Europe launched its nutrient profiling model aimed at policy-makers across the WHO Europe Region willing to regulate food advertising to children. The model determines whether a food product may or may not...

Consumer group Foodwatch has lent support to a coalition of 11 professional medical societies, including the German Diabetes Association and German Cancer Aid, which are calling for a ban on food advertising aimed at children, among other measures in...

On 10 July, as world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to assess efforts made since 2011 in controlling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), Susana Malcorra, Chef de Cabinet of Ban-Ki moon, delivered a speech on behalf of the UN Sec...

In a statement issued on 19 May at the opening of the World Health Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier de Schutter called for a global agreement to tackle the obesity epidemic, which should include a consensus on the need for...

Estonian First Lady Evelin Ilves, on a working visit to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) European headquarters in Copenhagen, agreed to become spokesperson on non-communicable diseases. With her training as a doctor, Mrs Ilves has a stron...

On 17 September, in light of the ongoing sixty-third session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (16-19 September), a group of European public health NGOs* released a statement backing statutory restrictions on the marketing of ‘unhealthy&...

A new book entitled “Obesity in Mexico: Recommendations for Federal Policies” edited by Dr. Juan Ángel Rivera Dommarco and Dr. Mauricio Hernández Ávila was presented during the International Health Sciences Congress (...

On 9 November, the WHO released a set of voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) calling on national governments to report on policies to reduce the impact of food and drink marketing to children fo...

In an interview with Peruvian daily newspaper El Comercio, the Deputy Minister for Health, Enrique Jacoby, called for legislation to control children’s food and beverage advertising. This move follows a proposal for a “junk food tax&rdquo...

On 18 December, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the Children’s Food Campaign released a report entitled “The 21st century gingerbread house” calling on the UK Government to introduce consistent advertising regulations across ...

On 27 April, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a report on Non communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the context of the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and NCD Control, which was held this week in Moscow. The report &nb...

On 22 March, an alliance of public health NGOs including the World Heart Federation, the International Diabetes Foundation and the Union for International Cancer Control unveiled a series of recommendations for Heads of State and Government, ahead of...