Junk Food Promotions

Restricting the promotion of less healthy food and drink by price and place forms as part of our 10-point policy call, with evidence suggesting these promotions are heavily skewed towards unhealthy products and can increase our consumption of these types of products. As a result, we are calling for the protection of children from the advertising and marketing of less healthy food and drink everywhere – including marketing in supermarkets.
Through our membership of the Obesity Health Alliance, we advocate for restrictions on the promotion of less healthy food and drink by price and place across the retail environment, not just food retailers, as an important measure towards reducing the prevalence of obesity.
Check out some of our very own research in this field below, which has helped to strengthen the evidence base, indicates public support for policies and inform consultation responses.

Purchases of price promotions on less healthy food and drink in the North West

A survey of adults in the North West exploring purchases of food and drink items on promotion, type of promotions found and support for restrictions

Fieldwork: Availability of less healthy food and drink in traditional non-food retailers

The fieldwork strand of a large project in collaboration with the UK Health Forum and commissioned by Public Health England which explores the marketing and availability of less healthy food and drink in traditional non-food retailers.

Consumer survey: Availability of less healthy food and drink in traditional non-food retailers

The consumer survey strand of a large project in collaboration with the UK Health Forum and commissioned by Public Health England which explores the marketing and availability of less healthy food and drink in traditional non-food retailers.

Out of Place: The extent of supermarket promotions

We supported the Obesity Health Alliance in collecting data on the amount of location-based promotions in supermarkets.

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