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NZ: Health guns fire on obesity front

NZ health organisations want more than just educational messages in the battle against obesity. Carolyn Watts and Robert Scragg comment on some of the wide ranging environmental changes that are needed. Jeremy Irwin gives the food industry’s view.

Proposals include:

  • bans on junk-food adverts on children’s TV or near schools
  • banning high-sugar and high-fat foods from school canteens
  • a better balance in TV food advertising
  • maximum limits on sugar and fat content in food and drinks.

There is also support for a tax on high-sugar drinks, with the proceeds to be poured into nutrition programmes.

Source: NZ Herald, 1 Oct 2005

Published on October 1, 2005 in New Zealand news