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Children’s health and wellbeing must be prioritised by governments, experts urge

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 20 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m637
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The health and future of every child worldwide is under threat from climate change, ecological degradation, migrating populations, conflict, pervasive inequalities, and predatory commercial practices, a landmark report from over 40 child and adolescent health experts has warned.1

The report, published in The Lancet Commissions, highlighted exploitative marketing practices that push heavily processed fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol, and tobacco at children as a distinct threat.

It warned that in some countries, children are exposed to as many as 30 000 advertisements on television alone every year, and that this …

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