The Importance Of Childhood Obesity In Australia

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Reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity in local schools Childhood obesity rates have been increasing throughout the world for many years now and are predicted to continue to do so. In Australia over 25% of children are overweight, considering that 61% of the adult population is either overweight or obese too (1), finding a solution for obesity in its early stages has become an even greater focus. Dietary and lifestyle lessons learnt during childhood are often carrier into adulthood (2), creating an environment that provides a strong focus on healthy eating, such as one within a school, would play a large part in instilling these. To further enable this it is imperative that policies regarding the aversion of childhood obesity are implemented…show more content…
Children’s programs allocate 5 minutes for every 30 minutes to advertising, of which everything presented must be done so in a fair and truthful context(7), therefore food advertisement is done at a lesser extent. At the present time there is no regulation limiting whether or not unhealthy foods can be advertised during children’s programming (7). This is a drawback to the children’s advertising policy as effective commercials promoting the purchase of unhealthy foods continue to be aired. It can also be noted that children tend to watch a majority of television at night, 6-8.30pm (7), when these regulations don’t apply. Many countries around the world, including Sweden, Norway, Canada and Italy among others, have legislation banning advertising directed at children under the age of 12 altogether (7). As a result, children are free to watch programs free of absolutely any unhealthy food…show more content…
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