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As Mexico enters the final stages to introduce a tax on sugary soft drink and junk food, new public opinion data reveals Australians are also in favour of pricing interventions to improve health, with more than two thirds (68%) in support of increasing the price of unhealthy foods and using the money to reduce the cost of healthy foods.
The government and the Australian public should be wary of the Australian Food and Grocery Council's (AFGC) Healthier Australia Commitment, which was launched today, according to the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC).
The Obesity Policy Coalition has backed an election commitment announced today by the ACT Greens to restrict junk food advertising directed at children. The proposed plan would mean junk food advertising was no longer able to be shown on TV when large numbers of children are watching.
Today's announcement by KFC Australia that it will no longer provide toys with children's meals has been welcomed by the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC), who urged other fast food companies to follow suit.
93% of South Australians agree the time has come to put a stop to unhealthy food producers from targeting kids through glitzy television ads and marketing ploys.
Endorsements by well-known sports personalities and selective nutrition claims on food packaging influence parents to buy unhealthy food for their children, according to Cancer Council Victoriaâ€™s new study.
Despite Australian children's high rates of overweight and obesity, there are few controls on advertising practices targeting advertisements for unhealthy foods and beverages to children in Australia and much is left up to self-regulation by the food and beverage industry.
The Obesity Policy Coalition has applauded Tasmanian Minister for Consumer Protection, Nick McKim, for taking the lead in protecting children from junk food advertising by calling for an investigation today.
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).
More than half of supermarket products marketed at kids are unhealthy, new research from the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has revealed.
If you are one of the few Australians who still smoke, you would not expect to be able to buy cigarettes in a hospital or health clinic. It is counter-intuitive for tobacco to be sold in the very places that treat smoking-related diseases. In the same vein, the centres that treat chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, should not sell junk food and drinks.
Three in five Australian adults get sucked in by promotions and specials on junk food and sugary drinks at the supermarket, research released today shows.
For the first time in history, Australian children could live shorter lives than their parents. The reason? High rates of excess weight and obesity.
The Federal Government has bowed to food industry pressure by rejecting traffic light labels in its response to the Labelling Logic review today, according to Jane Martin, senior policy adviser for the Obesity Policy Coalition.
The OPC has released one of the most comprehensive investigations into Australia's self-regulatory system for food marketing ever undertaken, Exposing the Charade.