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Majority of readers want stricter rules on junk food advertising

December 05, 2019 / Tony Gillan

A new NHS report says 26% of men and 29% of women are obese, while over 56% of adults risk chronic disease due to their weight. The Obesity Health Alliance is urging new regulations. So we asked in our Facebook poll: “Do you think the next Government should bring in new guidelines to restrict the marketing of junk food?” At the time of writing 522 people had voted with 67% saying yes, 33% no. Graham Storey said: “Just go to the hospital entrance first thing, lunch and tea time and see people on drips, in wheelchairs after amputations smoking outside. Think that tells you the answer.” Eileen Joyce said: “It’s up to the people to change their habits not the government! You know what’s good and what’s bad for you. There is nothing wrong with having a treat now and again, but people need to have everything in moderation.”