The Queensland Government has announced a ban on sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks from public hospitals and healthcare facilities. The ban will take effect by the end of the year and aims to tackle obesity.
Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles has also called for a suite of actions to improve children’s diets and prevent child obesity by reducing children’s exposure to unhealthy food and sugary drink marketing.
Heart Foundation CEO Stephen Vines commended the Queensland Government on the landmark decision to rein in the consumption of sugary drinks and junk food across the state while congratulating the Minister for a commitment to reduce children’s exposure to junk food marketing.
“Making the healthy choice the easy choice for patients, staff and visitors in Queensland hospitals and health care settings is immensely important to tackling obesity and reducing the risk of chronic disease, including heart disease,” Mr Vines said.
“We know that 26% of children and 64% of Queensland adults, more than 2 million people, are overweight or obese. Although many factors influence obesity, research shows sugary drinks and energy dense foods play a significant role in driving up obesity rates.
“It’s too easy to grab junk food and sugary drinks from hospitals and we know these foods can come at a cost to health and are a major contributor to people’s intake of sugar, saturated fat, salt and energy.
“We congratulate the Queensland Government and the Minister for this milestone, which will make it easier for Queenslanders to make healthier choices.”