Gov't Declares War on Child Obesity

      November 13, 2008 12:03

      Unhealthy food products that are high in calories and low in nutrients, such as instant noodles, will not be allowed to appear on television advertisements between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. from as early as January 2010. From March next year, school cafeterias will be banned from selling unhealthy food products such as instant noodles

      The Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs is to fight obesity among children by banning TV advertising for unhealthy food during children's shows, it said Wednesday. The cause of surge in the number of obese children is thought to be bad dietary habits of children.

      Some 8.3 percent of boys and 9.5 percent of girls between five and nine were obese last year, and 17.9 and 11.4 percent among those aged between 10 and 14.

      According to the planned law, "unhealthy" snacks are defined as those with 200 kcal or more calories, over 3 g in saturated fat, or over 13 grams of sugar, and with less than 2 g in protein and a nut proportion of 10 percent or less in the total product.

      Meal substitutes such as hamburgers and instant noodles will be deemed unhealthy if they have over 500 kcal or over 3 g of saturated fat and over 600 mg of sodium.

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