Kia Ora, this is Stick News. In New Zealand some people want to ban junk food advertising during the main times children watch TV. But some television broadcasters have told the government this is not a good idea.
In New Zealand, many people are obese. Obesity is thought to cause many health problems.
So the government is thinking of ways to reduce obesity. And an inquiry is now being carried out.
Some people think advertising junk food to children contributes to obesity. They say banning this kind of advertising at certain times would help reduce obesity.
But the TV people disagree. They said such a ban “was unlikely to have any significant impact on obesity levels”.
The television broadcasters are worried that restricting junk food advertising would damage the local television production industry.
And the government’s obesity inquiry continues.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 26th of July.
conversations with sarah
# 75 What does obesity mean?
Takashi and Sarah talk about obesity in New Zealand.
Step 1: Repeat Takashi’s lines.
Step 2: Read Takashi’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.
Takashi Do you read the New Zealand news much?
Sarah Yeah, quite a bit actually.
Takashi What’s in the news at the moment?
Sarah Um. Obesity seems to be a big topic recently.
Takashi What does obesity mean?
Sarah Well, a person who is obese has a lot of body fat. Enough to for it to be dangerous to their health.
Takashi Is obesity a big problem in New Zealand?
Sarah Yeah, it seems to be. I think I read that one in five adults in New Zealand is obese and one in ten children.
Takashi Really? That’s a lot.
Sarah Mmm, yeah.
The music on today’s show was by David Schombert.
It was the second track from the album Quiet Life vol.2