Public Health in Practice: Nutrition policy in Latin America | UNC Gillings Carolina Public Health magazine

Lindsey Smith Taillie, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition

Chile’s legislation didn’t simply deal with warning labels. Over a three-year interval, it banned advertising directed at youngsters, banned commercials for junk meals and sugary drinks on tv from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and banned gross sales of those merchandise in colleges.

“It went to a complete new degree, altering the surroundings that youngsters are raised in with regard to meals,” Taillie says. “Our analysis confirmed that this coverage works to cut back consumption of merchandise which have the labels.”

“It went to a complete new degree, altering the surroundings that youngsters are raised in with regard to meals.”

Lindsey Smith Taillie, PhD

When a brand new president took workplace in Chile in 2018, Taillie supported Chilean colleagues in disseminating details about the legislation and its influence to officers within the new administration. “We have been in a position to preserve the legislation in place in Chile,” she says. Since then, “we now have been working with individuals to make use of these outcomes to tell coverage in different nations.”

Taillie and colleagues labored with researchers and advocates in Colombia, which ultimately handed a legislation just like Chile’s. Similar legal guidelines have since been handed in Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico and Brazil. Real-world modifications are what she dreamed of when pursuing a profession in public well being, she mentioned. 

“Being in a position to work this intently to design legal guidelines that have an effect on the complete meals provide, and each individual in that nation, is tremendous cool,” she says. “We can go and see it in motion. We can go to the supermarkets in these nations and see these labels.”

https://gillings-projects.unc.edu/cph-articles/nutrition-policy-in-latin-america

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