Advertising: Eating Disorders

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Mike Amesbury Mike Amesbury Labour, Weaver Vale

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the advertising industry promotes positive body images.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Promoting social responsibility is one of DCMS’s six Departmental priorities and we engage regularly with the advertising industry to do this.

Alongside this the advertising industry, through the Advertising Standards Authority, the industries independent regulator, has recently undertaken proactive research on the use of harmful gender stereotypes in advertising and has subsequently made significant changes to the advertising codes.

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