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.