According to AIPT (2017), the diet habit of Australians is worst nutritionally.
Though Australia does not fall in the top ten list of obese country, 35% of daily food requirement is fulfilled by junk foods in Australia.
The entire Australia eats 3 kg of food every hour that is more the entire worlds average.
Hence, the Australian government should implement several harsh steps to improve the condition (AIPT 2017).
Why eating junk food is a concern?
Habit of junk food is one of the major concerns worldwide due to its deleterious effects on health.
There are several health complication that arises due to consumption of junk foods (Sánchez-Villegas et al. 2012).
Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, dementia, loss in appetite controlling power, cravings and depression are among those complications.
Furthermore it suppresses the activity of brain and liver and hence lead to serious complications like cancer (Lustig, Schmidt and Brindis 2012).
Why eating junk food is a concern?
Junk food contains a lot of carbohydrates that spikes the blood sugar level, leading to insulin imbalance and type 2 diabetes (Powell and Nguyen 2013).
According to (), high junk food consumption leads to asthma and rhinitis, high chest congestion and drippy nose (Lustig, Schmidt and Brindis 2012).
Diet full of junk food interferes with brains synapses and molecules affecting learning and memory as well as leads to depression or stress (Sánchez-Villegas et al. 2012).
Consumption of junk foods with high carbohydrate and fat leads to store microorganisms in teeth enamel and by producing acids it affects our teeth. Further, it leads to formation of acne on the skin as well (Lustig, Schmidt and Brindis 2012).
The Australian government should focus on using star labelling on the food packet so that consumer can understand the nutritional property of that product before buying.
The government should ban the marketing and advertisements of junk food products so that kids under 16 years cannot become influenced by those products.
Reason for such recommendation
According to the data of Australian obesity statistics, more than 60% od adults are suffering from obesity and 10% are highly obese (National Eating Disorders and Obesity 2017).
Within this data, 51.5 million people show up to Fast food courts every day and 40% of household dinners were served with fast foods.
27.4% children found to be obese in Australia and all them accepted the consumption of fast-food in their daily life (National Eating Disorders and Obesity 2017).
Advertisements have the capability to mold individuals preference regarding anything and hence, food products that have the potential to lead obesity should be banned from advertisement.
Parents are not being able to filer their children's preference regarding food as thousands of channels advertise the same unhealthy diet as tasty and lip-smacking. Hence, it should be banned for children under 16 years of age (Morley et al. 2012).
Similar examples from around the globe
There are several countries who has already takes such harsh steps to protect the citizens from obesity and other major complications.
These countries are European union countries, Canada, Britain, Chile, France, Ireland, Mexico and the United States of America .
These countries have taken pledges namely the Children's food and beverages' advertising initiative according to which all the fast food items advertisement has been banned for children under 12 years of age.
This initiative has led them towards great success as the food marketing has dripped by 48 percent that means so many children have been diverted to healthy nutrition from fast food habits (Morley et al. 2012).
The government should utilize social media and broadcasting media to spread awareness about healthy diet so that people can shift their habit towards healthy from junk food.
Organize different food festivals and events related to health and nutrition so that health can be fused within their dietary habit.
The government should organize food surveys so that it comes easier to understand the reason of fast food consumption.
Further, the government should try to eliminate those barriers so that every individual can focus on their health properly (Powell and Nguyen 2012).
The prime aim of this presentation was to draw everyone's attention towards this major health related concern.
60% of Australians are suffering from obesity and the primary reason behind this is consumption of junk food.
The presentation recommended that banning fast food advertisements can prevent the sale of these unhealthy food products in Australia.
Further the assignment provided examples of different countries that have successfully banned fast-food advertisements for children so that the habit can be diverted from unhealthy food to healthy diet.
Finally the presentation suggested few steps that the government or broadcasting ministry can take regarding food habits to assess the reason behind such consumption and alter it for positive future implications.
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Lustig, R.H., Schmidt, L.A. and Brindis, C.D., 2012. Public health: the toxic truth about sugar. Nature, 482(7383), p.27.
Morley, B., Martin, J., Niven, P. and Wakefield, M., 2012. Health Public Policy Public opinion on food?related obesity prevention policy initiatives. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 23(2), pp.86-91.
National Eating Disorders and Obesity 2017. Australia's Obesity Statistics in 2017 - National Eating Disorders and Obesity. [online] National Eating Disorders and Obesity. Available at: https://eatingdisordersaustralia.org.au/australias-obesity-statistics-2017/ [Accessed 19 Feb. 2018].
Powell, L.M. and Nguyen, B.T., 2013. Fast-food and full-service restaurant consumption among children and adolescents: effect on energy, beverage, and nutrient intake. JAMA pediatrics, 167(1), pp.14-20.
Sánchez-Villegas, A., Toledo, E., de Irala, J., Ruiz-Canela, M., Pla-Vidal, J. and Martínez-González, M.A., 2012. Fast-food and commercial baked goods consumption and the risk of depression. Public health nutrition, 15(3), pp.424-432.