BMA unhappy that OFCOM has not recommended a ban on all food advertising to children

NewsGuard 100/100 Score

The BMA has aired it's disappointment that OFCOM has not recommended a ban on all food advertising to children.

Dr Peter Maguire, Deputy Chair of the BMA's Board of Science said:

"OFCOM's own research clearly states that TV advertising has an effect on children's eating habits, yet they refuse to recommend a ban. We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic and must use all the tools in our armoury to prevent the next generation of British children being the most obese in history."

He added:

"Obesity in children stores up a lifetime of poor health. These children are at greater risk of having high blood pressure, developing diabetes and heart problems. As doctors we see the effects of childhood obesity every day. I have seen children as young as eleven with adult onset diabetes, something which would have been unheard of a generation ago. Surely the health of our children is more important than advertising revenues."


The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of News Medical.
Post a new comment

While we only use edited and approved content for Azthena answers, it may on occasions provide incorrect responses. Please confirm any data provided with the related suppliers or authors. We do not provide medical advice, if you search for medical information you must always consult a medical professional before acting on any information provided.

Your questions, but not your email details will be shared with OpenAI and retained for 30 days in accordance with their privacy principles.

Please do not ask questions that use sensitive or confidential information.

Read the full Terms & Conditions.

You might also like...
Maternal diabetes linked to a slight increase in ADHD risk in children