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Poll: Should there be a ban on using cartoon characters to promote unhealthy food?

A group of MPs in the UK are suggesting the measure be taken.

The UK ban could mean foods rich in sugar could no longer use characters like Tony the Tiger.
The UK ban could mean foods rich in sugar could no longer use characters like Tony the Tiger.
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THE UK IS considering a ban on the use of cartoons of fictional characters promoting unhealthy food.

The House of Commons health select committee include this provision as part of a number of measures to try to combat child obesity levels.

If implemented in the UK, it could mean a ban on well-known characters such as Tony the Tiger or the Milk Bar, on advertisements, the BBC reported.

Statistics on childhood obesity in Ireland remain a concern, with the nation still on course to become the “most obese nation in Europe”. The government has been implementing initiatives – with the Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025 – to try to address the problem.

So, this evening we’re asking you: Should there be a ban on using cartoon characters to promote unhealthy food?


Poll Results:

Yes (3968)
No (3357)
Not sure (377)



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