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Marketing Food to Children: The Global Regulatory Environment

Author: Corinna Hawkes Source: World Health Organization As part of its strategy on diet, physical activity and health, the World Health Organization has been examining a range of interventions that have the potential to play a role in tackling the globally rising rates of diet-related noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. In this respect, the regulation of the marketing of food, especially to children, has emerged as one area necessitating further attention. This review examines the regulatory environment that surrounds the marketing of food (including non-alcoholic beverages) to children.