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February 22, 2007

MMA all for move to ban fast food adverts

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 9:09 am

Star: KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has welcomed the Health Ministry’s proposal to ban advertisements for fast food.
Its president Datuk Dr Teoh Siang Chin said the nutritional value of fast food was doubtful.
“The changing diet of ‘civilised homo sapiens’ is a contributing factor in the rise of lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes and hypertension.
“As such, the education and influence for proper dietary habits should be a continuous process in school and at home,” he said in a statement.
Dr Teoh added that rather than the outright banning of such advertisements, there should be a requirement that fast food companies bear a “social sin tax” to promote healthy living and eating.
“This would be more palatable to the advertising and media sector and a ‘win-win’ solution,” he added.
The Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia project director Noor Nirwandy Mat Noordin said the Health Ministry should give fast food restaurants and products labels just like the danger labels on cigarette boxes.

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