A state-wide audit of unhealthy sponsorship within junior sporting clubs in Victoria, Australia

Martino, Florentine, Chung, A, Potter, J, Heneghan, T, Chisholm, M, Riesenberg, D, Gupta, A and Backholer, Kathryn 2021, A state-wide audit of unhealthy sponsorship within junior sporting clubs in Victoria, Australia, Public Health Nutrition, vol. 24, no. 12, pp. 3797-3804, doi: 10.1017/S1368980021002159.

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Title A state-wide audit of unhealthy sponsorship within junior sporting clubs in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Martino, FlorentineORCID iD for Martino, Florentine orcid.org/0000-0001-6718-5239
Chung, A
Potter, J
Heneghan, T
Chisholm, M
Riesenberg, D
Gupta, A
Backholer, KathrynORCID iD for Backholer, Kathryn orcid.org/0000-0002-3323-575X
Journal name Public Health Nutrition
Volume number 24
Issue number 12
Start page 3797
End page 3804
Total pages 8
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2021
ISSN 1368-9800
1475-2727
Keyword(s) Alcohol
Children
Community club
Fast-food
Gambling
Sport sponsorship
Summary AbstractObjective:To systematically audit the extent of unhealthy sponsorship within junior community sporting clubs and ascertain whether differences exist across geographical areas and sport types.Design:Club sponsorship data were assessed to determine the extent of unhealthy food/beverage, alcohol and gambling sponsorship using a cross-sectional design. Differences across geographical areas were assessed using logistic regressions.Setting:A stratified random sampling procedure was used to select thirty communities across the state of Victoria, Australia. Within each community, local clubs across the top eight participating junior sports were selected for audit.Participants:Sponsorship data were collected from 191 club websites and Facebook pages in September–November 2019.Results:Unhealthy sponsorships represented 8·9 % of all identified sponsorship arrangements. A quarter of all clubs accepted alcohol (25·6 %) and unhealthy food sponsors (25·9 %), and one-fifth of all clubs accepted high-risk food (unhealthy brands with large market share) (18·1 %) and gambling sponsors (20·4 %). Acceptance of unhealthy sponsorship differed across sport types with football, netball, cricket and soccer clubs having the greatest numbers. Compared with metro areas, a significantly greater proportion of sporting clubs in regional areas were affiliated with unhealthy food (32·7 % v. 19·6 %) and high-risk food sponsors (26·9 % v. 9·8 %). A higher proportion of clubs in low socio-economic status (SES), compared with the high SES areas, were affiliated with alcohol (33·9 % v. 16·5 %) and gambling sponsors (27·4 % v. 12·6 %).Conclusion:Victorian children participating in community junior sports are being exposed to marketing of unhealthy brands and products. Public health intervention is necessary to protect children from this exposure.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S1368980021002159
Field of Research 11 Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30151883

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