May 20th, 2014
Let's Ban Food and Beverage Ads! We Can Eat When We Are Hungry and Drink When
By Jeff Ritterman, Vice President of the Board of Directors, San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility
There is a national discussion about the impact of advertising junk food to our children. Public health authorities have pointed out the harm being done. The food and beverage industry claims that voluntary self-regulatory measures adequately protect our children.
The World Health Organization, the UN’s health arm, argues that “for the purpose of substantially reducing the volume and impact of commercial promotion of food and beverages to children, self-regulation is not sufficient.”