Chile has just passed the most stringent labelling law in the world. It is requiring labelling of unhealthy foods high in sugar, calories, saturated fat and salt with an unmissable label in large black lettering. It is also banning the sale of such food in schools along with food advertising aimed at children, as well as banning the inclusion of toys in unhealthy food products. It’s a comprehensive, smart, no nonsense approach to stemming obesity in a country that has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world, and it is the first to follow the recommendations made by the World Health Organization. The law could set off a sea change in such measures, with country after country taking meaningful measures to encourage us to eat better.
With high levels of childhood obesity prevalent in Ireland, is the 'Chilean approach' the definitive action that should be pursued vigorously by all who have responsibility for producing & promoting food & wellness in our society? Share your comments below.