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One Australian healthy food advocate has called for some pretty big action against junk food in Australia. The Daily Mail reports that he has ramped up a campaign to change the way food is advertised to children.

Aaron Schultz is the founder of the Game Changer movement – something that is trying to get rid of the association between unhealthy food and sport and he’s now taking on junk food and children.

This week he unveiled his plan that junk food like McDonald’s meals should be labelled in a similar way to cigarettes and at a media conference he presented a burger case labelled with the words, “BIG MACS MAKE BIG CHILDREN” and a picture of two overweight children.

He said, “Just like a cigarette packet demonstrates the causes of cigarette smoking and its damages, this image demonstrates what the fast food product can do to the human body”.


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Last week the ABC reported that four independent reviews of Australia’s plain packaging have been done and across the board they found it was successful. The benefit is that more people now than ever are attempting to quit and are re-thinking their decision to smoke.

So if that has been successful for smoking, would this be successful for obesity?

Do you think this should go ahead? Would you like to see something like this in place? Would it help you?


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  1. Look, its not the junk food that is the problem. Its lack of exercise. When i was a kid. we used to go to our local fish and chip shop. Get a Bobs worth of chips cooked in animal fat. and a coke. We went out and played with your mates. Burnt it off. Not sit around with a cell phone Txting and playing games on them. We played real games. No problem.

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    • Paul
      People still do that. Just look at how many different sports are played in this country and the hundreds of thousands of kids who are playing those sports.
      It’s unfair to label everyone with the same title.

    • However it was different then…talking of when I grew up in the late 40s – 50s & we’re not talking of organised sport but of just getting out on shank’s pony or the good old treadly & racing around with your mates. There was organised sport too but only at weekends. Talking here about after school or during school holidays. We were out of the house straight after breakfast & usually only reappeared for meals. Wonderful times remembered & great bonds made.

    • I think it’s about after-school activities, week-ends, school vacations, holiday weeks, that most children nowadays are missing out on that much-needed exercise! Organized sports activities were always around for some school children since the 1940s. And then, this translates into adulthood lives! Sadly, since the 1970s, when some children were unlucky to be “kidnapped” & never to be seen, parents started to keep a tight rein on their children’s free time! “Stranger danger” was not the only message for our kids’ safety, but, also included “friends, relatives” overly friendly overtures!

    • I agree even as I got older in uk we would have fish and chips for supper some nights but walked everywhere and as kids always playing outside be it skipping rounders soccer bike rides etc technology us great but had a lot to answer for!!! Happy and hardly ever sick!!

    • Mums drive kids everywhere these days…it’s a catch 22…damned if you don’t and damned if you do…

    • But you might have eaten smaller portions. Or simply scoffed large helpings while in the main growing years and then cut back on reaching adulthood.

    • Exactly. We even had fried bread for lunch almost every day of the week. for breakfat thick toasted bread over the coals with loads of butter jam and cream, Nothing like it, all home made,The pan of fat. that was always on top of the stove, an old wood burner ,was topped up every sunday and when cooking eggs they used to swim around in fat. One of my favourite sandwhiches was lamb fat and salt even better if their was marrow bone jelly on it I am not fat now and wasn’t fat then. most of my heath problems come from a long life of hard work and worry!

    • Exercise can never, alone, account for all the calories we eat. We need to exercise a lot of control over the consumption of junk food and sugery drinks. I’m all for health warnings on packaging, though I bet it will be a lot harder to legislate if the new trade agreement gets through parliament.

  2. All the labelling hasnt worked. People should watch the sugar film. We need to learn control not just in eating. It is a mixture of diet and exercise. There was little junk food or take away when i was young. I never saw a fat child until i went to high school. In the whole school there was one obese child. I read the sugar content of everything now and am very aware. Try shopping in the supermarket without buying anything in a tin bottle or packet staying only in the meat and veg. That includes packet cakes and breads. That will make anyone realise how basic our food choice should be but isnt.

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    • I agree if everyone saw that sugar film it would go a long way in making people change how they eat.

  3. Hate junk food but agree Paul Granger, exercise is important – sadly for many its not part of life. On saying that off for my walk can’t live without exercising makes me feel great.

  4. I don’t eat a lot of junk food, but if the chips were cooked in different oil it would help[ I’m told. It is amazing how many calories is in a big mac and fries!!

  5. Oh and it’s not just the older generation who can’t be bothered to exercise, my son teaches PE even the young kids can’t be bothered lots of them, much prefer computer games these days- sad but I blame parents for not encouraging kids to get outside as we did as kids

  6. Demonising fast food is a cop-out. We, society/government, do not value exercise/outdoor activities- evident by the way our schools have gradually allowed PE/sport to be erroded in the school week and replaced with more sedentary activities. Couple this with the advent of both parents moving into the workforce and you encourage the fast-food mindset. Just look at the amount of pre-prepared meals available in the supermarket- things you don’t have to spend time preparing before your family can dine. More basics taught at school level, ie. food values, growing foods and food preparation are a more effective way of combating obesity, schools with veggie gardens are already showing how education is affecting the food choices in the family homes.

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    • NOT a case of having too little time – more a case of can’t be bothered. Even Jamie Oliver shows how a meal can be prepared and on the table in 30 minutes..

  7. Stop focusing on the kids. Its the parents whose at fault. They should start cooking at home instead of take away.

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    • Can’t just blame parents alone, not knowing their circumstances. Growing up in the 40s-50s, there were 1-parent working families, since the mid-80s, slowly crept up to 2-working parents, to make ends meet! The fear of “redundancy” when the workplaces were “shedding” their numbers, made most mothers seek part-time jobs just in case! It’s gotten worse since the FIFO & DIDO scenario has become the norm. Most mothers would leave cooked meals for their children, warmed later in the microwave, but, still their kids would spend their pocket money on “fast foods”!

    • My son (25) is overweight, but it didn’t happen at home. I cooked all meals (packed lunch) except for the occasional treat, all his growing up years. But when he stopped growing (he’s 6′ 4″ he didn’t cut back and found cooking for himself too hard.

    • We used to in the old days…mum or nan would cook during the week, Friday night was fish and chip night or a hamburger with the lot from the local fish and chip shop…what a treat…and if we were very good, an ice cream…next morning we were playing footy or cricket…depending on which season…oh, and it was the time our parents, and NOT the politically correct idiots, had control in running our lives…lol. Our parents had control of us for our own good and that is what we liked and expected…not some idiot of a teacher as in nowadays telling us we kids have rights to ignore our parents.

    • I know people who only do takeaway once a week for the kids, and there are signs of obesity…I agree it is the lifestyle, not enough outdoors running around. Too much sitting or laying around with their little gadgets or computers. The young families I know are aware of the problems, so are saying a big “NO” to their kids and MAKING them go outside and play. I do think the plain packaging might help, but not as much as staying away from Maccas etc….home-made burgers and fish and chips are great!!!

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