AAP calls for ban on unhealthy food ads to children

06/27/2011 | Reuters · CNN/The Chart blog

The AAP published a policy statement in Pediatrics that calls on lawmakers and regulators to ban advertisements of unhealthy foods, such as junk and fast foods, to children, saying research has found that doing so would help trim the number of overweight and obese children. "We've created a perfect storm for childhood obesity -- media, advertising, and inactivity," lead author Dr. Victor Strasburger said. The statement suggests limiting screen time and promoting good nutrition to children to prevent weight gain.

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