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Ad­verts for foods and drinks that make peo­ple fat are go­ing to be banned on pub­lic trans­port in Lon­don. The ban on so-called “junk” food ad­verts comes early next year and cov­ers Lon­don’s buses, tube trains, rail net­work and trams.

“Junk” food ad­verts will also be banned at bus stops and tube and some train sta­tions, un­der plans an­nounced by Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The ban will come into ef­fect next Fe­bru­ary, and fol­lows pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion by Khan this May which saw 82 per cent sup­port among the pub­lic for a ban on “junk” food ad­verts. “Junk” food ad­verts tar­geted by the ban in­clude food and non-al­co­holic drinks con­sid­ered to be high in fat, sugar and salt in­clud­ing sug­ary drinks, cheese­burg­ers, choco­late bars and salted nuts. Khan aims to use the ban as part of a cam­paign to tackle ris­ing lev­els of child­hood obe­sity. Child­hood obe­sity lev­els in Lon­don are worse than those in other parts of the coun­try.

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