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“Predatory” marketing of junk food slammed for contribution to childhood obesity

A global report out this week puts marketing of unhealthy food squarely in the frame for the rise in childhood obesity.

A report published this week by the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the medical journal, the Lancet, condemns the advertising of unhealthy foods aimed at children which it says is fueling the childhood obesity crisis. The number of obese children and adolescents increased from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016 – an 11-fold increase, the report notes.

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