Are taxes and bans on advertising unhealthy foods or education more effective in tackling an emerging global obesity crisis?
Some 200 lawmakers from 80 countries were sharply divided over how to stem spiraling healthcare costs caused by poor diets at the first global parliamentary summit against hunger and malnutrition, which ended on October 30.
“Education is not enough. We need to use laws,” said Guido Girardi, a Chilean senator and doctor who authored a landmark 2016 law that mandates comprehensive labeling of foods that are high in sugar, salt, saturated fats, and calories.
Unhealthy products also cannot be advertised on Chilean television or the internet, or use toys, cartoons, or stickers to encourage children to eat them, said Girardi.| | | Next → | Single Page