All are invited to the CEDAR/MRC Epidemiology Seminar:
Food marketing regulation and childhood obesity prevention
Over the last twenty years, a range of studies have established that food marketing affects children’s consumption preferences and purchase requests. However, in stark contrast with what has happened for tobacco products, public authorities in the UK, in Europe and beyond have been extremely reluctant to restrict the marketing of food high in fat, sugar and salt, preferring to rely instead on the self-regulatory commitments or ‘pledges’ of food industry operators. This reluctance to impose legally binding restrictions on food marketing, particularly to children, raises a range of questions which this talk proposes to focus on.
Amandine Garde is Professor of Law and founding director of the new Law & NCD Research Unit at the University of Liverpool. Her expertise lies in the role that legal instruments can play in preventing obesity and other non-communicable diseases. She regularly advises international organisations, NGOs and governments worldwide, and was a member of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Science and Evidence to the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.
Before moving to Liverpool in 2013, she lectured at King’s College London (where she obtained her PhD), at the Faculty of Law in Cambridge (where she was also a Fellow of Selwyn College), at the University of Exeter and at Durham University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence in 2005-2006 and is also a qualified solicitor.
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