Cancer Council: Junk food adverts should go

Picture: File

Picture: File

Cancer Council NSW has started a new campaign calling on the NSW Government to limit junk-food advertising to children. 

The council says advertisers are targeting children with “manipulative” marketing that undermines their health. The campaign is called Our Kids, Our Call.

Gymea mum Linda Tollis believes that changes should at least be made to television adverts.

“Junk food advertisements should be limited and not shown during prime-time TV to protect our kids,” she said.

“My children have asked for junk food after it’s been advertised and they’ve told me I’m mean for not buying it.”

Cancer Council NSW regional nutrition officer Maddy Gough said junk food adverts needed to be limited.

“Sydney children are being bombarded with unhealthy food ads everywhere,” she said. “Advertising influences what foods children like, what they pester their parents to buy and what they want to eat.”

You can find out more or join the Our Kids, Our Call campaign at www.ourkidsourcall.com.au.

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