Sydney buses continue to send the wrong message about what to eat
We’ve been out and about looking at what is advertised on Sydney buses this Summer. Unsurprisingly, it’s no different from our previous research from last Summer or the Summer before. The majority of food ads on our buses were for unhealthy products, similar to our findings back in 2018.
In our sample of buses across five Sydney suburbs, we found that one in four ads were for food; however, of those food ads over 80% were for unhealthy products. The majority of food ads promoted sugary drinks, pies, burgers, and fried chicken and very few ads were for healthy options. We even saw a school bus with pie ads on the side.
Our kids are constantly bombarded with images of junk food on government property. While on the other hand the government is running programs to address poor eating habits and the rates of obesity in the community.
There is something simple that can be done about it. The NSW government could implement an effective policy — like has happened in London, where only healthy foods are allowed to be advertised.
We need your help
The NSW government needs to lead by example and show kids what healthy eating really looks like. We need your help to ask the NSW government to stop advertising unhealthy food on their property. Please sign our petition.