TEENS exposed to junk food adverts are twice as likely to be fat, a study reveals.
And those in the poorest areas are most at risk from the impact of burger, pizza and snack promotions on TV and social media.
Cancer Research UK wants ministers to limit ads before 9pm, and stop outlets opening near schools.
One in three kids is overweight or obese — increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart, liver disease and cancer.
Overall those with daily recall of the ads were 120 per cent more likely to be obese than those with minimal exposure, say researchers who polled 3,348 kids aged 11-19.
Jyotsna Vohra, of Cancer Research UK, said: “The eating habits adopted in childhood are more likely to remain into adulthood.
“Curbing exposure to these ads would help reduce obesity.”
David Taylor-Robinson, of the Royal College of Paediatrics, said: “Impressionable youngsters are bombarded with ads.”
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Public Health England wants kids to consume 20 per cent less sugar by 2020.
Chief nutritionist Dr. Alison Tedstone said it would consult on ad restrictions.
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