Report urges Ontario to ban junk food marketing to kids under 12
March 04, 2013 | Canadian Press | Comments
A new report is urging the Ontario government to ban the marketing of junk food to kids under the age of 12.
It’s also urging a ban on promotions and displays of high-calorie, low-nutrient foods at the cash in stores, starting with sugary drinks.
It wants restaurants, including fast-food and grocery stores, to list the calories of each item on their menu.
It’s just a few of the many recommendations in the report focusing on reducing childhood obesity.
The government said it will create a group headed by Health Minister Deb Matthews to give direction on how to implement the recommendations.
The government says in 2004, 27.5% of Ontario kids between the ages of 2 and 17 were overweight or obese.