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Sydney kids face up to 2800 ads for junk food on school run each year

Sydney students view up to 2800 advertisements for junk food while travelling to and from school each year prompting Cancer Council NSW to call for a ban on such ads being displayed on government property. Research, published by the Sax Institute on Tuesday, used Google Maps to plot the likely commutes of attendees at 21 Sydney primary and high schools, totalling 23,000 students.

A third of the ads encountered on these commutes were for food and, of these, 75 per cent were for “discretionary foods”, described by the Australian Dietary Guidelines as foods not a necessary part of the diet.

Read the full story in the Sydney Morning Herald