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WHO Urges Member States To Cut Exposure Of Children To Marketing Of Unhealthy Foods

January 21, 2011: 12:04 PM EST

The World Health Organization is asking governments to reduce children's exposure to marketing of foods with high levels of fat, sugar, or salt. These foods put children at risk of developing noncommunicable diseases, which account for about 60% of all deaths globally and pose a serious threat to human health and development. With 43 million pre-school children worldwide obese or overweight, WHO is highlighting the risks of an unhealthy diet, one of the four most common factors linked to cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases, and diabetes, and there will be a United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of NCDs in September, in New York.

"Reducing the marketing of unhealthy foods to children", World Health Organisation (WHO), January 21, 2011, © World Health Organisation (WHO)
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