Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, today welcomed a campaign from the Heart Foundation, Diabetes Foundation and Cancer Council aimed at addressing the impact of sugary drinks on childhood obesity.
“There is no question that sugary drinks are a big contributing factor to Australia’s childhood obesity epidemic,” said Senator Di Natale.
“Public health experts agree that the childhood obesity crisis in Australia will cause diabetes and heart disease to skyrocket in the coming decades. I applaud the “Rethink Sugary Drinks” campaign for highlighting the role of sugary drinks in that crisis.
“While no bill or regulation can replace the role of a parent in ensuring good nutrition for their children, governments can take some common-sense steps to help combat this growing public health issue.
“I have a bill before the Senate that would ban ads that promote unhealthy foods on TV during peak viewing times for kids and prohibit marketing on websites targeted at children. When parliament returns in February I will move to refer my bill to a committee so that we can hear from all the experts and start dealing with one of the biggest public health issues facing our country."
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