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Battle Against Diabetes and Obesity Moves to Disneyland

June 11, 2012
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The role of food in diabetes and obesity is becoming clearer. New York City is trying to ban the sale of large sugary drinks. The Walt Disney Company is restricting the advertising of certain foods on its television programs and web sites. It is also reducing the salt content of the food it sells at Disney theme parks.

Under the new rules, many candies, sugar cereals and fast foods will not be acceptable. Current advertisers such as Capri Sun drinks and Kraft Lunchables meals will no longer be accepted.

Disney said it was following recommendations of the federal government.

The company is introducing the “Mickey Check” on its products that meet Disney standards for limited calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar.

You can see the new Disney nutritional standards here.

Michelle Obama said, “Disney is doing what no major media company has ever done in the U.S. – and what I hope every company will do.”



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