The Reading / Listening - Cartoon Characters - Level 2

Candy makers in the UK may have to stop putting cartoon characters on their sweets. Health groups said food companies use characters from Peppa Pig and Disney on wrappers. The companies do this to get children to buy chocolate and candies. The health groups said 51 per cent of products using cartoon characters were bad for children. The products fell below the requirements needed to advertise on children's TV shows. They were very high in fat, sugar and salt. The groups want the government to ban the use of these characters to sell unhealthy sweets to children.



The groups trying to get the ban are Action on Sugar, Action on Salt and the Children's Food Campaign. They looked at the nutrition in 526 products. The wrapping had colourful cartoon characters to attract children. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were among the worst products. These were 99 per cent sugar. A nutritionist from the Action on Sugar group, said: "It's shocking that companies are exploiting the health of our children by using cartoon characters on their high-sugar food and drink products, particularly on chocolates and sweets, which are already hard to resist for children."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cartoon Characters - Level 0 Cartoon Characters - Level 1   or  Cartoon Characters - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/04/food-drink-companies-cartoon-characters-appeal-children-sugar-survey
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/peppa-pig-disney-characters-could-16249968
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7098743/More-HALF-food-aimed-children-high-sugar-salt-campaigners-call-ban.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Candy
  2. get children to
  3. 51 per cent
  4. The products fell below
  5. advertise on
  6. They were very high
  7. ban the use
  8. sell unhealthy
  1. of products
  2. of these characters
  3. children's TV shows
  4. sweets to children
  5. in fat
  6. buy chocolate
  7. the requirements
  8. makers in the UK

Paragraph 2

  1. The groups trying
  2. They looked at the nutrition in
  3. The wrapping had colourful
  4. among
  5. These were 99 per cent
  6. exploiting the health
  7. particularly on
  8. hard to resist
  1. sugar
  2. cartoon characters
  3. chocolates
  4. for children
  5. of our children
  6. to get the ban
  7. the worst products
  8. 526 products

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Candy makers in the UK (1) ___________________ stop putting cartoon characters (2) ___________________. Health groups said food companies use characters from Peppa Pig and Disney on wrappers. The companies do (3) ___________________ children to buy chocolate and candies. The health groups said 51 per cent of products using cartoon characters (4) ___________________ children. The products fell below the requirements needed to advertise on children's TV shows. They were (5) ___________________ fat, sugar and salt. The groups want the government to ban (6) ___________________ these characters to sell unhealthy sweets to children.

The groups trying to (7) ___________________ are Action on Sugar, Action on Salt and the Children's Food Campaign. They looked at (8) ___________________ 526 products. The wrapping had colourful cartoon characters to attract children. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were (9) ___________________ products. These were 99 per cent sugar. A nutritionist from the Action on Sugar group, said: "It's shocking that companies (10) ___________________ health of our children by using cartoon characters (11) ___________________-sugar food and drink products, particularly on chocolates and sweets, which are already (12) ___________________ for children."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

CandymakersintheUKmayhavetostopputtingcartooncharactersonth
eirsweets.HealthgroupssaidfoodcompaniesusecharactersfromPepp
aPigandDisneyonwrappers.Thecompaniesdothistogetchildrentobuy
chocolateandcandies.Thehealthgroupssaid51percentofproductsusi
ngcartooncharacterswerebadforchildren.Theproductsfellbelowther
equirementsneededtoadvertiseonchildren'sTVshows.Theywerevery
highinfat,sugarandsalt.Thegroupswantthegovernmenttobantheuse
ofthesecharacterstosellunhealthysweetstochildren.Thegroupstryin
gtogetthebanareActiononSugar,ActiononSaltandtheChildren'sFood
Campaign.Theylookedatthenutritionin526products.Thewrappingha
dcolourfulcartooncharacterstoattractchildren.ThePeppaPigCandyBi
teswereamongtheworstproducts.Thesewere99percentsugar.Anutri
tionistfromtheActiononSugargroup,said:"It'sshockingthatcompani
esareexploitingthehealthofourchildrenbyusingcartooncharacterson
theirhigh-sugarfoodanddrinkproducts,particularlyonchocolatesand
sweets,whicharealreadyhardtoresistforchildren."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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