AMA calls for digital black-out on junk food ads

It is time to put children’s wellbeing ahead of profits, says the AMA.

The AMA is calling on the Australian Government to put the health of children ahead of the profits of harmful industries by urging for tougher laws on unhealthy food and drink advertising.

AMA President Professor Steve Robson said an online marketing ban would help establish healthy food consumption habits from a young age.

"Limiting junk food advertisements and marketing is about nurturing health in our children, providing them with the opportunity to make healthy choices well into adulthood,” he said.

In a submission to the Department of Health and Aged Care, the AMA has highlighted the preventive health benefits of a digital black-out on junk food adverts along with heavy restrictions on television advertising, sponsorship, and new promotion and placement rules in the retail sector.


Read the AMA’s submission

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