A Total Ban Is The Only Way To Go

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24 October 2008

 

    



A TOTAL BAN ON JUNK FOOD ADS DURING KIDS TV IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO


The Queensland Prevention Alliance has called for a much tougher stance than today’s proposal by the

Australia Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) who want a voluntary code restricting advertising of

unhealthy foods to children under 12.


“This simply isn’t good enough – previous volunteer codes around advertising have been shown to be

ineffective. Also, the AFGC’s proposed voluntary code is not applicable to food and beverage companies

outside of supermarkets, so companies such as fast food giants wouldn’t be required to adopt this new

code,” said Diabetes Australia – Queensland CEO, Michelle Trute. .


The Queensland Prevention Alliance also refuted claims by the AFGC that it is misrepresenting the facts

from the recently released Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey.  


“Our main aim in this campaign is to educate Queensland parents so they can make an informed decision

about the State Government’s proposed ban on TV junk food advertising to children.  The industry claims

food and drink advertising only contributes two percent to children’s choice in products.  However, if

advertising has next to no impact on our kids’ dietary choices, then why do junk food companies spend

millions of dollars every year on advertising to children?” Ms Trute said.  


Research has found that advertising nutritious foods promotes positive attitudes and beliefs about these

foods, and yet we continue to see 73 percent of all ads shown during kids programs promoting foods and

drinks that are high in fat, salt and sugar with little nutritional value.  


“We know that the junk food industry is increasingly targeting our children at one of the highest levels in

the world and, considering our skyrocketing childhood obesity rates, it’s safe to assume there’s a strong

relationship here. We need tougher regulations.  We need to stop exploiting our children.  We need to

curb our obesity epidemic.  And, we need to act now,” Ms Trute said.


A recent survey found 86 percent of parents supported a total ban on junk food ads during kids’ television

programs, but to date only about 1,500 have completed the survey available on the Queensland

Government website. The Queensland Prevention Alliance strongly urges all Queensland parents to let

the State Government know how they feel about junk food advertising during children’s TV.


The State Government’s discussion paper and survey regarding junk food advertising is available at



With just one week to go in this important campaign, the Queensland Prevention Alliance hopes more

parents will jump online and support the proposed ban on junk food advertising during children’s

television. 

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The Queensland Prevention Alliance consists of AMA Queensland, Cancer Council Queensland,

Diabetes Australia – Queensland and the Heart Foundation.


MEDIA CONTACT: 



Diabetes Australia – Queensland:

Melissa Pizzato, 07 3239 5625 or 0416 913 761






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