Junk food addiction: BBC News Review 2022

December 9, 2023



The junk food you love might soon have ‘addictive’ written on it. A major review has found that adding warning labels to ultra-processed food could stop people buying it.
Researchers say these foods can have the same addiction symptoms as drugs.They estimate one in seven adults and one in eight children are already addicted to ultra-processed foods.
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👉Key words and phrases:
tackle
🔎 deal with
-Police are patrolling the streets to help tackle crime.
-Campaigners say we should eat less meat and dairy to try to tackle climate change.

labelled
🔎 described in a specific way
-Neil was labelled the class clown in school. His teachers thought he was cheeky.
-The captain has been labelled as the worst player in the sport’s history.

slapping
🔎 attaching urgently
-I slapped my money onto the café counter when I received an urgent call.
-The boy slapped his homework down in anger and left the classroom.

✔️ 0:00 – Introduction
✔️ 0:26 – Story
✔️ 1:16 – Headline 1
✔️ 2:55 – Headline 2
✔️ 4:20 – Headline 3
✔️ 5:36 – Language summary

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  1. Reply
    @bbclearningenglish December 9, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    You can find other episodes of News Review along with quizzes and downloads here on our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview-2023

  2. What is the meaning of metaphoric. Could you please explain it

  3. Thank you very much sir, mam

  4. I enjoyed, warm appreciation to whom tackle with ignorance

  5. I reckon that I will bear in mind 3 new words. Firstly I just knew that "tackle" but currently I know more about them.1, labelled: described a specific way
    2, tackle :deal with something
    3,slapping: attached urgently
    4.slap down: defeat something

  6. I really like to learn english with BBC Learning! Thank you Neil and Beth

  7. Labeling junk food as 'Addictive' emphasizes the importance of slapping down its overuse.

  8. helpful

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    @santayunitagultom5239 December 9, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    I have avoided the junk food. However, If I only few times for lunch, fast food, which are most of them junk food. It would be best option.

  10. something i have to admit that this channel helped me learning a lot that English class.

  11. Ultra-process food should be labered addictive and I need to ride bicycle to help tackle climate change.Slapping down one's suggestion is not polite.

  12. Great

  13. Reply
    @harikrishnapolampally8710 December 9, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    Beth and Neil are enjoying and presenting very well.. that's really makes feel pleasant and knowledgeable..

  14. ❤❤

  15. Reply
    @alessandrolucariello8529 December 9, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    Just remember if you're on this video, it's because of your teacher 😔

  16. Hahaha this episode was really useful. I didnt know that Bbc learning English has this corner which is used to review. Im gonna use this channel a lot from now on, I reckon.
    Thinking back in school time, The label I had was vitamin that gives positive, cheerful and bubbly vibe😮😊

  17. 😂😂😂😂❤

  18. Reply
    @jean-yveslegall2562 December 9, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    I can't say I'm really addicted to junk food, but I become addictive to you and your great work ❤😅 Thank you both !!

  19. I am eating Mac now 😅

  20. Interesting, but I've never heard about, for example, someone being mugged because of junk food. So, clearly, not as addictive as drugs.

  21. Good morning,
    Slapping bad behavior with garlick comes soon at us, tackle with hourchange last coming sutterday of this month could be o problem, menkind shouldn't be labelled…
    How else, entirely families put out of their inherritage or own skills, like Mendeleev label cause of his orrigine.
    My brothers and me are still here, mom hope also and dad-somewhere.
    My brother Simion-Valentin IJAC, english citizen, is alive, and healthy-so I hope, born at 25 of november together with his twinbrother Ovidiu-Valeriu IJAC, the first named known as well as Tom Holland.
    These all are possible because of struggle and love for life. Have no idea wich year my granny Maria IJAC was born, what I can say, saw today on TV Fatima and realised that I knew and met her again these days, only never knew her name.
    Thank you all very much, had best summer ever and a hard autamn but good days. Goodies for all, tea or coffees, bread or pumpkin.
    Corina Miriam Georgeta IJAC
    12/13 oct 2023 p.Chr.

  22. One solution to tackle obesity is by slapping the addictive labels to ultra-processed food.

  23. Another great job from bbc, thanks Neil and Beth

  24. It's very urgent to tackle the over use of junk foods. We must be care about our good health.

  25. Thank you. It is a helpful way to learn vocabulary and listening English.

  26. Reply
    @HEEDWAYIELTSshomonSIR December 9, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    informative videos. Labeling must be made compulsory for each and every eatable product. Thank you.

  27. Reply
    @miguelangelperez2849 December 9, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    And in this episode we present Neil as the joker 🃏

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