Fiji Time: 6:24 PM on Saturday 27 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Study reveals ads influence children's weight

Shayal Devi
Sunday, July 27, 2014

STUDIES conducted by the Fiji Obesity Prevention in Communities last year showed about 17.8 per cent of adolescents in the country were overweight or obese.

The study was carried out through the Pacific Obesity Prevention in Communities project established by the World Health Organization

And another study conducted in the same period by the Fiji National Nutrition Survey under the Ministry of Health revealed 12.9 per cent of children less than five years and 14.5 percent between the ages of five and 18 were overweight.

This was revealed by National adviser for non-communicable diseases Dr Isimeli Tukana at a workshop on controlling marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages and unhealthy foods to children at the Sea Breeze Hotel in Lautoka yesterday.

He said this was because children in Fiji were heavily exposed to advertising of unhealthy food and non-alcoholic drinks that had little nutritional value.

"Advertising influences children's food choices, purchase requests and consumption patterns," Dr Tukana said.

"Regular consumption of unhealthy food and non-alcoholic beverages are known to significantly contribute to obesity in children and NCDs in adulthood." He said more needed to be done with regards to creating an environment conducive to safe and adequate nutrition for children.

"There needs to be a comprehensive ban on advertisements of unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages aimed at children."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63900.6200
JPY 50.424247.4242
GBP 0.37370.3657
EUR 0.43830.4263
NZD 0.68420.6512
AUD 0.65260.6276
USD 0.49640.4794

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 26th August 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Veremalua gets help from Ryan on overseas contract
  2. Apologies as fans seek Ryan
  3. Beggar braves the heat for festivity
  4. Cost of living
  5. Fijian family survives quake
  6. Firm takes action over mynah nuisance
  7. Impact of VAT cutback
  8. Crowd delights chief
  9. It's gold for all
  10. PM leads celebrations

Top Stories this Week

  1. Ardent fan escorted out of celebrations Sunday (21 Aug)
  2. God — is he dead? Maybe, but not Osea Kolinisau's Sunday (21 Aug)
  3. 1 charged, 2 under probe for break-in Thursday (25 Aug)
  4. Wong helps Rawaca get a gold medal Friday (26 Aug)
  5. Ryan confirms decision to leave Fiji Sunday (21 Aug)
  6. Taliga eyes Tokyo Tuesday (23 Aug)
  7. 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurs in Fiji Monday (22 Aug)
  8. 7s top job Tuesday (23 Aug)
  9. Police escort fan away Monday (22 Aug)
  10. 'Ryan a loss' Tuesday (23 Aug)