January 10th, 2012

Canadians back ban on junk food ads targeting kids: Survey

By Sarah Schmidt
Vancouver Sun

The majority of Canadians strongly support an outright ban on junk food marketing aimed at children, a new government-commissioned survey has found.

More than half of those surveyed (53 per cent) said they are strong supporters of banning all marketing of high-fat, high-sugar or high-salt foods aimed directly at kids and youth. Six in 10 strongly support restricting this type of junk-food marketing.

Support for the taxation of junk food and sugary drinks is also “high,” with a significant minority strongly supporting slapping a special tax on soft drinks (40 per cent) and junk foods such as chips and candy (37 per cent) to fund programs to fight childhood obesity.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/health/Canadians+back+junk+food+targeting+kids+Survey/5969183/story.html#ixzz1j48bCwyN

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