Profit-hungry junk food advertisers - like McDonalds, KFC and Hungry Jacks - are showing no signs of reducing junk food advertising to children, despite their promise of ‘self-regulation. In fact, the amount of junk-food advertising to Australian kids hasn’t changed since 2009.
They’re using sneaky tactics and exploiting loopholes in codes and standards to continually bombard children with unhealthy products - and the Australian government is failing to step in and protect young children and their health.
Junk foods are highly profitable. It's not in the food industry's financial interest to curb advertising to children - that’s why they haven’t. But when governments mandate regulations, the industry is forced to toe the line.
Isn’t it time the Australian government upheld its responsibility to Australian children and enforced regulations that protect their health?