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Overweight and counterweights

Valentina Rozo | December 12, 2017

Through field work in twelve schools in Ciudad Bolívar in Bogotá, this document shows the need for the State to regulate and monitor the supply and advertising of ultra-processed food products in school environments.

 

Does regulation on the supply and advertising of ultra-processed food products work in Bogotá? Is self-regulation by the sugary drinks industry being fulfilled? Do principals in Ciudad Bolívar schools worry about how they are feeding their students?

To answer these questions, Dejusticia conducted research in twelve schools in Ciudad Bolívar in Bogotá. This document addresses these questions from a quantitative as well as qualitative analysis, which allows to identify non-compliance with the existing regulation. In addition, it presents evidence on the sugary drinks lack of knowledge regarding the self-regulation agreement and its non-compliance.

The text shows the need for the State to regulate and monitor the offer and advertising of ultra-processed food products in school environments. This takes on greater relevance if one takes into account the inefficiency of the self-regulation mechanisms embodied in the document.

 


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