Adelaide council investigating banning junk food advertising at bus shelters near schools

The ABC has reported that the City of Marion council in South Australia is investigating if it can ban junk food advertising at bus shelters near schools. A City of councillor was driving passed a school when he saw an … Continue reading

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Does U.S. food advertising target disadvantaged communities?

One out of every three food-related ads on Spanish-language TV is for fast food, 16% are ads for confectionery and 9% are for sugary drinks and snacks. Marketing spend on Black-targeted TV shows similar rates of fast food ads and confectionery (18%) … Continue reading

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Another study finds TV ads influence kid’s diets

Children who watch more commercial television also eat and drink more unhealthy foods. A study of 417 ten to 16 year old Australian children has found that those who watched the least commercial TV had a lower unhealthy food score … Continue reading

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Teen boys more vulnerable to junk food ads

In a comprehensive study of Australian secondary school students’ diet and physical activity, Cancer Council and the National Heart Foundation of Australia found that Australian teenage boys consume more fast food and snacks high in salt and drink more sugary … Continue reading

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Australian sporting organisations are setting a poor example

  Food, alcohol and gambling sponsorship is common in Australian sport. A study of 53 different sports organisations in Australia found only 14 that didn’t have ‘unhealthy’ sponsors. Cricket, rugby league, rugby union, Australian rules football, football (soccer), basketball and … Continue reading

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Australian children’s TV viewing patterns haven’t changed

Between 2001 and 2013 there has been a small decline in the average television audience aged 0-14 years. Children on average watched just under two hours of TV a day, down half an hour since 2001. However the pattern of … Continue reading

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What messages do kids take from fast food ads?

Ads for fast food over emphasise premiums and under emphasise healthy food choices which is the opposite to guidelines within the advertising self-regulatory initiatives in the US. A study showed television ads for McDonald’s and Burger King to 3-7 year … Continue reading

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Teens rising screen use a threat to their health

Seventy seven percent of Australian teens spend more than the recommended two hours a day on electronic devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, video games and TV. That proportion rises to 89% on weekends and that’s more than when the … Continue reading

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How can governments support healthy food preferences?

The food system is an interconnected network of producers, industry and institutions. But at its heart is the individual. This graphic from The Lancet shows how policy can affect all parts of the network. Continue reading

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Australian support for initiatives to reduce childhood obesity

A poll of over 1000 Australians found 85% agree that unhealthy eating habits are a major problem for Australian children and 75% agree we have to do more to lower their intake of fatty, sugary and salty foods or they … Continue reading

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