Takepart: "Other Countries Restrict Predatory Junk-Food Ads, but America Won't Budge"

"So, Why Should You Care? In 2010, the World Health Organization published 16 pages’ worth of recommendations for ways in which United Nations member states could reduce the influence of junk-food marketing to children. The document cites a study from the U.K. that revealed that 62.5 percent of all advertisements during children's programming were for food products, compared with 18.4 percent during prime-time programming, and that 'the majority of adverts seen by children around the globe are for heavily processed foods high in fat, sugar, salt and calories.'...More than one-third of all American children and adolescents are overweight or obese, and as of 2014, the U.S. has the fifth-highest childhood obesity rate in the world. Different economic and political structures are at play, but whether it's South Korea or the U.K. or Russia or the U.S., childhood obesity is similarly problematic and deserves to be addressed."

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McDonald's Happy Meal ad for the Disney film 'Home.' (Photo: Getty Images)

McDonald's Happy Meal ad for the Disney film 'Home.' (Photo: Getty Images)