Tempting treats ‘can be killers’
Tuesday 13th November 2012, 3:00PM GMT.
THE marketing of chocolates and sweets may have to be restricted in line with cigarettes to break Jersey’s addiction to unhealthy fatty foods, a senior doctor at the General Hospital has warned.
Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Neil MacLachlan says that tempting snacks and treats should not be placed near checkouts or promoted in a way that targets children.
‘It is not in the interests of anyone except those making a profit by marketing unhealthy foods in this way,’ he said. ‘I read an article about this in the New England Journal of Medicine and I was in town and everywhere I went there were mountains of rubbish sweets. It was ridiculous.’