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Queensland government bans junk food advertising

sugary food, junk foodThe Queensland government is clamping down on high fat and high sugar foods with the introduction of a ban on junk food ads across its billboards, train stations and transport

Foods will be ruled in or out based on salt, sugar and fat content.

“This is about doing what we can to protect our kids from the kind of marketing that leads them to make unhealthy choices,” state Health Minister Steven Miles said on Sunday.

The ban will not yet apply at big sporting venues in the state due to the complex nature of stadium contracts.

“Obesity is a real challenge for our community, for our hospitals and the health services, but also for the individuals who are suffering — this is really just a decision about the Government leading by example and saying that we will use our spaces to advertise healthier options,” Miles added.

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