WINNIPEG – Are your kids eating healthy enough foods?
Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation says they aren’t and a big part of the problem is the millions of advertisements children are bombarded with every year.
In a new report, they say kids are flooded with 25 million ads a year on their favourite websites with about 90 per cent of them promoting unhealthy foods.
They’re calling for an outright ban on food and beverage advertising targeting kids 16 and under.
Spokesperson Christine Houde says it’s already working in other places like Scandanavia.
“I think the best example is in our own backyard,” says Houde. “When you look at Quebec, they have had a ban for the last 30 years. They have the lowest obesity rates and the highest vegetable and fruit intake.”
Houde says the ads are setting our children up for major health problems down the road.