International News: Australian Medical Association wants tax on sugary drinks and ban on junk food ads

The Guardian

The Australian Medical Association has called for a tax on sugary drinks to tackle obesity and for water to be the “default beverage option” with meals. In a position paper, released on Sunday, the AMA backed a number of measures to decrease obesity including banning junk food ads targeted at children.

“Advertising and marketing unhealthy food and drink to children should be prohibited altogether, and the loophole that allows children to be exposed to junk food and alcohol advertising during coverage of sporting events must be closed,” the president of the AMA, Michael Gannon, said in a statement on Sunday.

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