What is junk food?

Junk food is a term applied to foods and drinks that are high in kilojoules and have added fats, sugars and salt. 

These foods are not required as part of a healthy diet as they provide very little nutritional benefit.  Examples include fried and fatty take-away foods, baked products like pastries, cakes and biscuits and sugar-sweetened drinks. 

Currently, the majority of food advertisements are for junk food which normalises unhealthy eating and influences children’s eating habits.  Here are some junk food advertisements we snapped when out and about in Sydney.

In August 2018, the Council of Australian Government endorsed a national guide to help determine what foods should and should not be promoted to children, in an effort to reduce childhood obesity. 

 

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