Junk food advertising in Canberra could be restricted to tackle childhood

Brisbane Times
Natasha Boddy

The ACT government could restrict junk food advertising aimed at children and remove unhealthy food from supermarket checkouts as it considers ways to tackle Canberra’s childhood obesity epidemic.

Other ideas being considered include banning fast-food vouchers as rewards for junior sport, restrictions on junk food sponsorships for sports clubs and improving the availability and price of healthy foods at sports venues and canteens.

The suggestions are floated in findings from a public consultation on food and drinking marketing, due to be released by the government on Thursday.

The consultation received more than 500 submissions and revealed Canberra parents strongly support restrictions on marketing techniques that cause their children to pester them for unhealthy products.

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