Advancing Public Policy

Advancing Public Policy is a new series of Lawson Centre stories that show the impact of child nutrition research at U of T Medicine.

These narratives trace the collective efforts of Lawson Centre and U of T faculty to provide solid evidence for policy and practice, highlighting successes and ongoing challenges.


Supermarket shelves by Julie Feinstein, DreamstimeIn the Marketing Crosshairs

Parents often worry about the content their children encounter online, and how it will affect the health of their minds. Perhaps we need to pay more attention to the ads they’re seeing online as well, especially those promoting unhealthy foods.

Professor Mary L’Abbé and her research group have looked closely at food and beverage advertisements, and their potential impact on children’s consumption choices and health.

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Map of food insecurity in CanadaNot Enough Food on the Table

“There’s nothing to eat!” — that familiar lament at the fridge door is more about mood than food for most middle-class families. Yet for a shocking number of Canadians, it’s a genuine challenge.

Professor Valerie Tarasuk says the scale of food insecurity in Canada is alarming, and her research data backs that claim.

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