Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ban On Fast Food


This is great.

The government has banned tobacco advertising on TV, maybe they will do the same with fast food.

Fast-food ad ban could cut child obesity:

Study November 20, 2008 – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Banning fast-food advertising on television in the United States could reduce the number of overweight children by as much as 18 percent, researchers said on Wednesday.

But the team at the National Bureau of Economic Research questioned whether it would be practical to impose that kind of government regulation -- something only Sweden, Norway and Finland have done.

We have known for some time that childhood obesity has gripped our culture, but little empirical research has been done that identifies television advertising as a possible cause," said economist Shin-Yi Chou of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

"Our results indicate that a ban on these advertisements would reduce the number of overweight children ages 3-11 in a fixed population by 18 percent and would reduce the number of overweight adolescents ages 12-18 by 14 percent."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 13.9 percent of children aged 2 to 5 are overweight, 18.8 percent of those aged 6 to 11 are and more than 17 percent of those 12 to 19.

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Keywords – Obesity, Childhood Obesity

Rick Kaselj
Registered Kinesiologist Specializing in Injury Rehabilitation
Surrey, BC, Canada

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