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The Independent reports: Children are being bombarded with scenes of unhealthy eating on TV, in programmes which “unrealistically” portray slim, healthy characters consuming high levels of fatty, sugary and salty foods, health experts have warned.

While laws were passed in 2007 to curb the advertising of foods high in fat and sugar to under-16s, no such restrictions are in place for portrayals of food in the programmes children watch.

However, a new study has revealed what one expert called “very poor” representation of food and diet in TV shows aimed at children.

Unhealthy foods accounted for nearly half of the food shown, with sweet snacks the most commonly shown item. Sugary drinks represented a quarter of all the drinks displayed on screen.

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