Diabetes Voice

Diabetes Voice is the online magazine of IDF. It covers the latest developments in diabetes care, education, prevention, research, health policy and economics, as well as themes related to living with diabetes. Diabetes Voice goes to the heart of issues that are crucial to all those who can further the promotion of diabetes care, prevention, and a cure worldwide.

Editor-in-Chief: Dr Douglas Villarroel (Bolivia)
Editor: Elizabeth Snouffer (USA)

Diabetes Voice was made available as a print and digital magazine until 2018. It is now available as a digital platform at diabetesvoice.org.

Archive content of the magazine until March 2018 is available below.

Issue: September 2011
Section: Diabetes views

The impact of food advertising to children – why we must protect our most vulnerable citizens

Last update: 10/03/2017

Globally, the prevalence of paediatric overweight and obesity has risen dramatically over the last 30 years and is now widely considered to qualify as an epidemic. In many countries, a third of young people suffer from excess adiposity, which is associated with a raft of medical co-morbidities such as type 2 diabetes and some cancers, as well as a reduced quality of life and poorer socioeconomic outcomes. This is a concern not only for the individuals and families involved, but also for society as a whole, as health services and employers struggle to cope with the financial implications of an overweight population. In this article, Emma Boyland looks at the role of pervasive food advertising via television and other media in driving up the numbers of children worldwide who are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, and makes a call for intervention to prevent further related damage to health.

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