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OPC welcomes ACCC legal action against Heinz for marketing high-sugar toddler snacks as ‘healthy’
Monday 19 March 2018
The Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed the Federal Court's judgment that Heinz Shredz was being falsely marketed as a healthy snack for toddlers.
New evidence: Sugary soft drinks could increase cancer risk, no matter your weight
Thursday 22 February 2018
Drinking sugary soft drinks could increase cancer risk, regardless of body size, reveals new research from Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne.
Sugar, Sugar or Honey, Honey? Health Agencies Call for Clearer Labelling of ‘Added Sugar'
Tuesday 21 November 2017
A coalition of leading health agencies, the Obesity Policy Coalition, has written to the state and territory health ministers who make up the Australia New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation calling on them to urgently adopt a recommendation to identify ‘added sugars' on food labels when they meet later this month.
Tipping the Scales: We must halt obesity to save Australian lives
Tuesday 19 September 2017
Thirty-four leading community, public health, medical and academic groups have today united for the first time to call for urgent Federal Government action to address Australia’s serious obesity problem.
Free toys have powerful influence on what kids want to eat: study
Tuesday 27 June 2017
New research from Cancer Council Victoria has revealed what food companies have known for decades – that supplying movie character toys with fast food has an enormous impact on what Aussie kids want to eat.
More than half of foods aimed at kids are unhealthy: research
Tuesday 27 June 2017
More than half of supermarket products marketed at kids are unhealthy, new research from the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has revealed.
Removing sugary drinks from hospitals, health services a positive step
Thursday 8 June 2017
The Obesity Policy Coalition has applauded the NSW Government for committing to remove all sugary drinks and boost healthy food choices in its hospitals and health services, in a change to take effect from December.
OPC welcomes funding boost for chronic disease and obesity prevention initiatives and research
Thursday 11 May 2017
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has welcomed the Federal Budget announcement of $10m for research into chronic disease prevention, $10m for walking interventions and $5 million to enable better GP interventions for patients with obesity, but obesity prevention is still incredibly underfunded.
Landmark report sets out ambitious roadmap to tackle obesity and unhealthy diets
Monday 20 February 2017
A landmark study involving more than 100 nutrition and policy experts from 53 organisations across the country has identified critical action areas for Australian governments to tackle the rise of obesity through unhealthy diets - now one of the leading causes of preventable death and disability in Australia.
4 in 5 Victorians support kilojoules on the menu: survey shows
Friday 10 February 2017
Leading health organisations have today congratulated the Victorian Government for passing legislation to make kilojoule labelling on menus mandatory, as new data shows the majority of Victorians support the move, along with an education campaign.
New report highlights urgent need for national obesity strategy
Thursday 8 December 2016
As new figures reveal high rates of overweight and obesity right across the country, the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) is calling for a national obesity strategy to address a serious and widespread weight problem.
Unilever Paddle Pop ad found in breach of responsible marketing to kids code
Wednesday 7 December 2016
Australia's independent advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Board (ASB) has found Unilever in breach of the Responsible Children's Marketing Initiative (RCMI) after a complaint by the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) was upheld.
Grattan report shows the time is right for a sugary drinks tax in Australia
Wednesday 23 November 2016
The Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed a major Grattan Institute report recommending the introduction of a tax on sugary drinks in Australia, which is urgently needed to help curb increasing rates of obesity and chronic disease.
OPC applauds Greens for committing to sugary drinks tax
Wednesday 22 June 2016
The Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed The Greens' pledge to introduce a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks as part of its broader plan to combat Australia's worsening obesity problem.
Heinz under spotlight over 'healthy' high-sugar toddler snacks
Tuesday 21 June 2016
Food companies who make misleading health claims on children's products have been put on notice today by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
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