Skip to comments.Junk food ads banned from London transport network to reduce child obesity
Posted on 11/24/2018 8:17:22 AM PST by RightGeek
Adverts for junk food are to be banned on the entire Transport for London (TfL) network to help tackle childhood obesity, Sadiq Khan has announced.
From February, promotions for unhealthy food and soft drinks will be stripped from trains, buses, boats and trams across the capital.
The decision covers the likes of fizzy drinks, chocolate bars, and cheeseburgers, meaning big brands like McDonald's and Cadbury will only be able to feature healthier products on any adverts they want to run.
Mr Khan, London's mayor, said a public consultation launched in May had found "overwhelming support" for a ban, which will apply on all modes of transport controlled by TfL.
He added: "Child obesity is putting the lives of young Londoners at risk and placing huge pressure on our already strained health service.
"It is absolutely imperative that we take tough action against this ticking time bomb now, and reducing exposure to junk food advertising has a role to play in this - not just for children, but parents, families and carers who buy food and prepare meals.
Children from more deprived areas are more affected, with young people in Barking and Dagenham almost twice as likely to be overweight as children from Richmond.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...
Sure glad there are NOT more important problems to work on...
Banning ads will certainly prevent obesity. Just like the anti-drug ads prevent addiction.
The Muslim Bloomberg of London.
I should have mentioned that there is more comedy at the link like “The mayor has also proposed that new hot food takeaways be banned from opening within 400 metres of schools.”
I’ve not seen an ad for fast or junk food in forever but i still eat way too much of it and am a fat ####.
So much for the science behind not letting ads up.
And YES, I know the calories, fat, etc. content in quite a few.
Gave up drinking and gambling. Can’t seem to beat the food habit.
As i’m 50 and the weight is an immediate danger, my 86 year old mom suggested taking up smoking lol.
It’s not without merit.
Possibly get cancer at 80 or drop at 53 from a heart attack!!
But they’re so expensive!
Boy did i go on a tangent :)
Thatll work. Its brilliant.
Liberalism. Anything but individual responsibility.
The Mayor is crazy, wasting time on nonsense like this while London had its 123rd murder of the year yesterday.
LOL - you might try vaping instead of smoking
I tell people, that speech by Rocky in “Rocky Balboa” should be in every school text book in America.
“when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow...Now if you know what youre worth then go out and get what youre worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you aint where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that...”
I’ve thought about it! :)
Its either that or get a sense of belonging by joining a gang.
I was thinking MS13 even though i’m a 50 year old white man. I hear they have a good workout regimen, in between killing legal citizens.
Being white, you’d be a lot better off with the Aryian Brotherhood. They have great workout regimes.
Too bad there are so many foreign invaders running loose in the streets of London.
Kids are FAT because they can’t play outside or WALK where they need to go for fear of being abducted, shot in the crossfire or run over by an ‘Aloha Snackbar’ white panel van!
Don’t you have to kill someone to become a member? gulp!
Ah, who knows what you have to do to join MS13.
There’s a knitting group on my block that meets once a week..
Once a fearsome and proud boxer...to a donut and big mac eater :)
How the mighty have fallen!!!
Kids weren’t obese here until we gave them free breakfast and lunch and replaced play time with a computer game.
And let city streets become so dangerous it isn’t safe to walk anywhere.
It is stunning how much money children under the age of 12 personally spend on fast food.
Tongue and cheek aside, one thing that annoys the living &$%# out of me with millenial parents, is that they bring separate food for kids to all events. It is always some form of chicken nuggets or some processed cheese and cracker, or macoroni and cheese, or some such with little to no nutritional value because their precious will literally not eat anything else. And it is true, it is an arm wrestling competion to have them even taste the tiniest bit of anything, immediately Afterwards they announce they dont like it and immediately start munching on goldfish crackers. Past 2 years old my mother did not carry special food for me, and did not drag around an entire giant bag dedicated solely to keeping me fed and entertained. 20 years later these same kids who would scream at the thought of putting anything made of organic matter in their mouths, will gladly pay 25 bucks for an ounce of kale (previously known as low grade cow food) with a grape and a single julienne slice of carrot. /oldmanrant
Good point. There is not a single ad for fentanyl or meth, but addiction to illegal substances is growing.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.