The Queensland state government in Australia will ban junk food advertising at government-owned sites as it seeks to curb obesity.
The health risks from junk food are becoming increasingly apparent. A recent study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal linked the consumption of what it called ‘ultra-processed’ foods to a higher risk of an early death. The researchers found that every 10 percent increase in the intake of foods such as white bread, packaged snacks, ready-to-heat meals, sugary cereals, confectionaries, fizzy drinks and potato chips is associated with a 14 percent higher risk of death within the following 7 years.
Other research has found that a junk food diet raises the risk of depression.
To read why it is important for kids to learn a new way to eat, see ‘Starvation on a full stomach’, a great article by Mirja Holtrop.