Editor's note

I don’t know about you, but when I do my weekly supermarket shop I’m drawn to the confectionery aisle to see if my favourite chocolate is on special. It seems it is every other week. There are far fewer alluring specials on fresh fruit and vegetables.

Adrian Cameron and his colleagues from the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University looked at supermarket specials over the course of a year. The results of their study, out today, are stark: junk foods are discounted, on average, twice as often as healthy foods; and the lower the health star rating, the greater the discount.

In many cases, supermarkets use these discounts to capitalise on our tendency towards impulse buying junk foods. But what impact does this have on our diets? In a country facing rising levels of obesity, these trends are driving people towards unhealthy choices – and this needs to change.

Phoebe Roth

Assistant Editor, Health+Medicine

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