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J Law Med. 2008 Aug;16(1):49-56.

UNCROC and the prevention of childhood obesity: the right not to have food advertisements on television.

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Faculty of Business and Law, School of Law, Deakin University.

Abstract

This article discusses how legal rights-based discourse could inform the response of Australian State and federal governments to the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity. The authors contend that the principles in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (a treaty which has been ratified but not implemented) are capable of providing a basis for a legislative program to prevent childhood obesity. It is argued that an approach to legislation which is grounded on the basis of children's rights would require that there be restrictions on advertising food to children. The authors set out specific proposals for legislative reforms which the federal Parliament could enact to implement the Convention so as to restrict advertising to children. The scope of the discussion is then expanded to consider the implications of rights-based discourse in broader public health contexts.

PMID:
18807794
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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