Rates of overweight and obesity in Australia are influenced by changes in the physical, social and economic environments. These changes have led to an obesogenic environment that discourages physical activity and healthy diets, while promoting sedentary activities and consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages.
The Obesity Policy Coalition advocates to influence change in policy to help prevent obesity, particularly in children, through advocacy on several key issues of focus. These include:
Initiatives in neighbourhoods, schools, and communities, together with policy change at the local, state and federal government levels, will be needed to shape environments that support healthy lifestyles. A concerted, long term cross-sectoral effort by governments, communities, industry and individuals will be required to change environments and behaviours to reduce rates of overweight and obesity.