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Katy calls for junk food ad ban

By GnT 13 December 2007 92

The ACT government has joined the call to ban “junk food” advertising to children, in a bid to curb the “major endemic problems of overweight and obesity”.

I have two problems with this. First of all, define “junk food”. There are many borderline foods which are nutritious in moderation. Who is going to decide which foods fit the “junk” category, and on what criteria? Secondly, where do parents’ responsibilities lie? Surely offereing a free toy with a food purchase is a legitimate promotion, and it’s up to parents to say “no” to the foods they don’t want their child consuming.

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johnboy 8:17 pm 20 Dec 07

Good food is whatever I approve of.

Junk is food I disaprove of.

Let’s face it, you can spend four hours making a hamburger that is both healthy and a work of culinary beauty.

On the other hand you can get a caesar salad that will clog your arteries just to look at it.

Food defies simple classifications.

If you want to ban food advertising in children’s TV hours I’d be OK with that.

Mælinar 8:01 pm 20 Dec 07

Apologies for the frankness. A diet high in meat means your poo hole is processing chunkier poo. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that when comparing somebodys poo hole that has processed golf balls to tennis balls, the poo hole that has been pushing out tennis balls is more likely to get cancers etc.

That said, a diet high in the appropriate fruits will completely screw your research, so try another angle.

Skidbladnir 5:20 pm 20 Dec 07

No idea, go ask Katy Gallagher what she means. We’re just a bunch of people with internet connections.

GnT 5:15 pm 20 Dec 07

Okay, so we’ve established there is credible research showing a diet high in red meat and processed meats increases your risk of cancer. (There’s also this credible research showing a high protein moderate cabohydrate diet can help you lose weight and therefore reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease, but anyway.)

What does this have to do with Chicken McNuggets?

And how does this get us any closer to a definition of “junk food”?

Mr Evil 4:45 pm 20 Dec 07

I feel so cheated now. If Sam Neil is a liar, then who is left to trust in this evil and heartless corporate world?

Katy Gallagher?

Skidbladnir 4:41 pm 20 Dec 07

He also said that it was possible to bring back dinosaurs by filling them with frog DNA.

Its entirely possible, if not likely, that he was paid to lie.

Mr Evil 4:31 pm 20 Dec 07

Sepi, are you saying that Sam Neil’s a liar?

Sam would never lie: if he says red meat is okay, then goddamn it, red meat IS okay! 🙂

sepi 4:15 pm 20 Dec 07

i found one.

Probably the most surprising finding was that red meat and processed meat were convincingly linked to colorectal cancer. On average, if you eat large amounts of red or processed meat you have about a 30 per cent increased risk of colorectal cancer compared with someone who eats little or none. And the more meat you eat, the greater the risk. On average you shouldn’t eat more than 300 grams of red meat a week. But Australian men eat more than 700 grams of red and processed meat a week, and Australian women almost 500 grams.

sepi 4:12 pm 20 Dec 07

I get most of my research from newspapers. And now they make you pay to search the archives, which makes citing a bit harder.

justbands 3:03 pm 20 Dec 07



& here…


& here…


& if I still had access to my ex-employers medical databases, I could link up hundreds of studies showing the link.

Cited. 🙂

Skidbladnir 2:40 pm 20 Dec 07

My research has found that 35% of all uncited research is absolute bollocks, with a further 15-25% being misrepresented.

Thumper 2:35 pm 20 Dec 07

Researchers have found that being born leads to dying.


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