Health-e News: ‘Ban junk food adverts’

For the first time in world history, there are more obese than underweight people. Yet both are symptoms of malnutrition, products of a global food system that is geared towards profits rather than nutrition. Local activists want a radical shift in the entire food system, including a total ban on junk food advertising. Is this possible and will this make a difference to South Africans’ waistlines? HEALTH-E’s Amy Green reports.

Eating junk food, especially sugary drinks, is “effectively poisoning your body”, according to Andrew Bennie, a food sovereignty activist and researcher, based at the University of the Witwatersrand. “So why are people allowed to advertise the consumption of poison, really?” he asks.

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