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Food Marketing to Children: Position statement


UK Faculty of Public Health

Subject Keywords: Food, Environment, Transport, Obesity, Nutrition, Dental health
Topic: Obesity
Type: Report
Region: United Kingdom

Poor nutrition has a significant impact on health. It affects non-communicable diseases, such as obesity, dental caries, cardiovascular disease and some cancers, as well as immune status and recovery from infection and common deficiencies such as anaemia.

Around a third of children and young people are overweight or obese in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The effects of poor nutrition on non-communicable diseases build up throughout the life course. Food habits and taste develop at an early age. Childhood nutrition is affected by a wide range of factors. This paper focuses on food marketing.

FPH has published expert resources on a range of issues connected to food, the environment, transport and obesity that demonstrate the importance of an integrated approach to improving people's health.

The statements give an overview of key public health issues and make recommendations for action to tackle the issues they address.

The evidenced-based position and briefing statements are available here



Rights: © Faculty of Public Health
Suggested citation:

UK Faculty of Public Health. (2013) Food Marketing to Children: Position statement [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st November 2019].


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