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Vic Govt’s Healthy Eating Enterprise will help tackle obesity time bomb [ 100% ]

6 March 2012

The Obesity Policy Coalition has applauded the Victorian Government’s Healthy Eating Enterprise stating it is going to the heart of the issue and tackling some of the key drivers of obesity by integrating and embedding principles around healthy eating where people work, play and live.

Health groups release landmark blueprint to tackle key driver of childhood obesity [ 98% ]

9 May 2011

The Obesity Policy Coalition has today released the first Australian plan for legislation that offers real protection for children from unhealthy food advertising – one of the key drivers of childhood obesity.

New COAG Report: Obesity tops the list of areas of concern for Australia's future health [ 96% ]

12 June 2014

The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) is calling for government action to stem the obesity epidemic following the release of the COAG Reform Council's final report on healthcare reform.

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing Inquiry into Obesity [ 94% ]

13 June 2008

The terms of reference for the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing Inquiry into Obesity were to report on the implications of increasing obesity rates for Australia's health system, and to recommend actions by government, industry, individuals and the broader community to manage the obesity epidemic.

The OPC's submission to the Inquiry made a number of recommendations for action by government, including the following:

  • Develop a whole of government, long-term strategy for preventing overweight and obesity.
  • Regularly collect and disseminate weight, nutrition and physical activity data to inform, and evaluate the effectiveness of, policies and programs.
  • Develop a national food and nutrition policy.
  • Restrict all forms of marketing of unhealthy food to children.
  • Develop a ‘traffic light' food labelling system, for mandatory use on the front of food packaging and on fast food menus.
  • Request the Department of Treasury and Finance to investigate mechanisms to increase the price of unhealthy food and subsidise fruit and vegetables.
  • Provide funding to support workplace health promotion (commencing in the public sector).
  • Support supermarkets to promote healthy food choices.

Submissions [ 93% ]

The Obesity Policy Coalition advocates for policy and regulatory change to help prevent obesity by preparing submissions in response to inquiries by state and federal government bodies.

Obesity: A Call for Action -- Federal Obesity Policies [ 93% ]

8 October 2013

The Obesity Policy Coalition recommends four key actions by the Australian Government to address the obesity problem:

1. Develop a comprehensive national healthy weight strategy.

2. Take steps to reduce children’s exposure to marketing of unhealthy food.

3. Support effective implementation of the health star rating food labelling system.

4. Investigate food pricing policies to encourage healthier eating patterns.

No single intervention in isolation can be expected to have a substantial effect on overweight and obesity rates. However, a comprehensive package of policies, including these four key actions, has the potential to change Australia’s obesogenic environment, bring about a shift in eating and activity patterns, and halt increasing rates of overweight and obesity.

Read the report here. 

Media [ 93% ]

The Obesity Policy Coalition has commented on a number of issues in the media and through media releases.

OPC welcomes Labor's plan to tackle obesity, chronic disease [ 92% ]

20 June 2016

The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has welcomed Labor's plan to prevent chronic disease but warns more needs to be done to reduce the impact of obesity.

Overweight and obesity at tipping point [ 92% ]

27 May 2011

Figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate that urgent government attention is required to tip the scales on Australia's rising obesity epidemic.

OPC welcomes funding boost for chronic disease and obesity prevention initiatives and research [ 88% ]

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.

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