Action - GNPR 2016-2017: Promotion of healthy diet and prevention of obesity and diet-related NCDs (q18) - Implementation of legislation on marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children

Programme: GNPR 2016-2017: Promotion of healthy diet and prevention of obesity and diet-related NCDs (q18)

Programme description

These programmes and actions were reported by countries for the 2nd WHO Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016-2017 module on actions related to healthy diets, overweight and diet-related NCDs. More actions and programmes reported can be accessed through the country page.

Programme type


WHO (2018) Global Nutrition Policy Review. Country progress in creating enabling policy environments for promoting healthy diets and nutrition

The Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016–2017 is the report of the second comprehensive analysis of nutrition-related policy environment, coordination mechanisms, available capacities and actions being taken in 176 Member States (91%) and one area which responded to the survey carried out between July 2016 and December 2017.

Implementation details : 

Communication channels, settings and contexts: TV (mandatory), radio (mandatory), promotions (mandatory). Objectives of the measures are: to limit the power (or persuasive intent) of marketing of foods and beverages high in saturated fatty acids, trans-fatty acids, free sugars, or salt; to prevent misleading marketing messages for children; to reduce or prevent childhood obesity; to foster healthy diets and lifestyle habits; to improve health of population (incl. reducing obesity). The approach to defining which foods and beverages are covered by the measure: nutrient profile model; foods and non-alcoholic beverages high in sugar, sodium and saturated fats. Applies to children from 0-18 years of age.

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