London Junk Food Ads on Public Transport Banned to Tackle Child Obesity

Eileen GuzmanMay 12, 2018

Tfl, the company that runs public transport in the city, said it supports the mayor's attempts to make London healthier.

The move is meant to tackle the "ticking timebomb" of childhood obesity in London.

Mr Khan says that "bold steps" are required in order to do the right thing for young people and alleviate pressure the health service.

"It can't be right that, in a city as prosperous as London, where you live and the income you have can have a massive impact on whether you have access to healthy, nutritious food and your exposure to junk food advertising".

He also wants to introduce a ban on new hot food takeaways opening within 400 meters of schools as part of his draft London Plan.

Under Mr Khan's plans, adverts for unhealthy food and drink would be banned from the underground network, buses and bus shelters, plus the Overground trains run by Transport for London (TfL).

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has revealed his strategy to improve London's environment.

According to London City Hall, there is a disproportionate spread of childhood obesity in different areas of London, as a young person in a less affluent borough such as Barking and Dagenham is almost twice as likely to be overweight as a counterpart in Richmond-upon-Thames.

Chief Medical Officer, professor Sally Davies, said: "The evidence is clear that although it is not a silver bullet, restricting the amount of junk food adverts children are exposed to will help reduce obesity".

Children in poorer areas are disproportionately affected, with children in Barking and Dagenham nearly twice as likely to be overweight as children from Richmond.

The ban will target food retailers with products deemed high in fat, salt or sugar such as McDonald's. Is that junk food too?

Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of NY and now a World Health Organisation global ambassador, has "applauded" the proposed advertising ban.

The latest ban will now go out to consultation but has already been welcomed by some celebrities and proponents of big state interference, including chef Jamie Oliver.

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