Foods marketed to children in the UK are less healthy.

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Researchers at the have found that foods being marketed to children in are less healthy than those marketed to the general population. The researchers suggest the implementation of nutritional guidelines to regulate food marketed to children.

Dr Kirsten , from the ’s Centre for Lifespan and Chronic Illness Research, said: “Consumers may think that foods marketed for children, using cartoon characters and promoted for lunchboxes might be healthier options than the equivalent foods marketed more for adults. In fact we found that it was the opposite. Foods like yoghurts and often had substantially more fat and sugar per than similar adult-version products. This is very worrying and does not help consumers’ confidence in choosing appropriate healthy foods for their children.”

Nutritional data originated from yoghurts, and from seven major and categorized as children’s or non-children’s products based on the characteristic, promotional nature or information on the . Fat, content was compared per and per recommended .

Dr Angela Madden, in at the , said: “This study was co-ordinated by one of our students, Amy Lythgoe, who graduated with a BSc (Hons) Dietetics in 2011. Amy and the research team have provided some useful new evidence which will help parents become aware that choosing foods that are marketed to children may not be the healthiest option. This is an opportunity for food manufacturers to look at their child-orientated products and think about how they can improve them.”

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Science Daily

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