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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The Obesity Policy Coalition has commented on a number of issues in the media and through media releases.
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.
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.
The Obesity Policy Coalition has released one of the most comprehensive investigations into Australia's self-regulatory system for food marketing ever undertaken.
Detailed analysis illustrates how the advertising codes that claim to protect children from junk food advertising have resolutely failed. Further, the report highlights the litany of loopholes being used by the processed food industry to continue to promote their products despite childhood obesity sitting at record levels.
Read the report.
See the Obesity Policy Coalition's media release.