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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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SAAVEDRA-GARCIA, Lorena et al. Food and beverage supply and advertising in schools and their surroundings in Metropolitan Lima. An exploratory study. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2020, vol.37, n.4, pp.726-732.  Epub Nov 09, 2020. ISSN 1726-4634.

This study aimed to describe the supply and advertising of foods and beverages both inside educational institutions and in their respective local areas in 15 public and private schools in Lima during 2019. Unbiased observations were recorded regarding the types of food available, the presence of octagons, and advertisements used in kiosks and cafeterias. Mobile food vendors were observed at the end of the school day. All schools offered processed products, 73.3% sold food with octagons, and 60% displayed advertising for processed and ultraprocessed foods. Mobile food vendors were observed in 86.7% of schools, several of which were found to sell ultraprocessed products. The results suggest an unhealthy food environment both inside and outside schools, and a noncompliance with current regulations. It is therefore necessary to improve the dissemination and supervision of the food policy, and develop strategies with schools to promote healthy eating.

Keywords : Food Legislation; Food and Beverages; Food Labelling; Schools.

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