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Remove online junk food marketing to tackle obesity.

Byline: AILBHE DALY HEALTH WARNING

LOOPHOLES in the marketing of junk food online should be closed to protect kids, a senator has said.

Fine Gael's Catherine Noone blasted the marketing of fizzy drinks and sugary snacks to youngsters. She said: "We know there is a direct link to junk food marketing directed at children and childhood obesity.

"It was for this reason we took action by regulating television and radio advertising.

"However, there currently are no regulations for the online market, arguable the most impactful platform for young people.

"Parents have a right and expectation that their children should be allowed to access the internet without being targeted by companies promoting health damaging products. We must bring our regulations up to date with our changing society by introducing similar restriction to online activity.

"By closing these loopholes, we can begin to modernise our marketing regulations and turn the tide on obesity."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2018
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