Senator Nancy Greene Raine’s Child Health Protection legislation was given second reading in the House of Commons recently.
The act could lead to a nationwide ban on food and beverage marketing campaigns aimed at children.
The food and beverage industries take exception to the proposed legislation which doesn’t even define what qualifies as an “unhealthy food”.
Besides, shouldn’t parents be the final arbiters of what their children eat and watch?
Some also argue that the proposed law distracts from the real causes of childhood obesity, which is a lack of balance between diet, screen time and physical activity.
The last I knew, junk food wasn’t an age-restricted product like tobacco or lottery tickets, so why should it be regulated as such?
Ironically, didn’t Nancy Greene score a lucrative endorsement deal by hawking some junk food back in the ’70s and ’80s?
I’ll be darned! A politician embracing the “do as I say, not as I do” position.