Majority of readers want stricter rules on junk food advertising

A new NHS report says 26% of men and 29% of women are obese, while over 56% of adults risk chronic disease due to their weight. The Obesity Health Alliance is urging new regulations.

Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 4:06 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th December 2019, 5:24 pm
The Obesity Health Alliance wants new regulations on junk food advertising.

So we asked in our Facebook poll: “Do you think the next Government should bring in new guidelines to restrict the marketing of junk food?”

At the time of writing 522 people had voted with 67% saying yes, 33% no.

Graham Storey said: “Just go to the hospital entrance first thing, lunch and tea time and see people on drips, in wheelchairs after amputations smoking outside. Think that tells you the answer.”

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Eileen Joyce said: “It’s up to the people to change their habits not the government! You know what’s good and what’s bad for you. There is nothing wrong with having a treat now and again, but people need to have everything in moderation.”

David Owen thinks: “The answer is yes. The gov should do more. But do not ever forget it is an individual’s responsibility and theirs alone for what they shovel into their mouths.”

Clive Ketley said: “Can people not make decisions for themselves. I hate the blame someone else culture. If there was no advertising do you think people would not eat junk food and drink alcohol?”

JC Bold said: “No. If chubsters can't stop shovelling pies into their cakeholes then that is their problem, not the vendors.”

Raymond Reed agreed, saying: “What an excuse… I is massive because I am brainwashed by commercials … Get a grip.”