Obesity predicted to cost WA $610 million per year by 2026 – The Age

Posted: May 15, 2020 at 7:44 pm

Cancer Council WA chief executive Ashley Reid said a ban on junk food advertising on government assets must be urgently enforced.


"There is huge public support for getting junk food off public transport, with a Cancer Council survey conducted late in 2019 showing that 72 per cent of WA adults supported such a move," he said on Friday.

"This is a quick and simple move; WA has already shown leadership in Australia by restricting alcohol advertising on public transport, so there is no reason why they can't extend this to junk food."

Mr Reid noted that two-thirds of WA adults were above a healthy weight and nearly half were not active enough.

Health minister Roger Cook said even the smallest lifestyle improvements could play a significant role in improving the situation.

"In the past few months, we've seen more Western Australians out cycling and walking, and a renewed interest in preparing healthy food at home," he said.

"This could be a great opportunity to kickstart good habits that help us maintain a healthier weight."


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