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Delegate Calls for Health Warnings on Snack Packages to Combat Child Obesity

By Zhao Runhua / Mar 04, 2019 12:37 PM / Politics & Law

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

China should add health warnings to snack packages in order to advise children and their parents about obesity risks, a corporate delegate has proposed to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s top political advisory body.

An Ting, president of an international art group, proposed the measure, saying that he noticed increasing numbers of obese children in China today compared to when he was a kid.

An proposed that companies be required to include children’s sugar consumption facts and add obesity warnings on snack packages via new laws and industry rules.

An cited a report from Peking University, which says that 28% of China’s children between 7 and 18 will be obese by 2030 if no further action is taken. Meanwhile the U.S., while still home to a higher percentage overall, has seen improvements in its childhood obesity rates ever since it implemented its own measures toward reducing sugar intake.

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