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Food Policy Index [ 20% ]

The Food Policy Index developed for Australia assesses the food- and diet-related policies that are in place and identifies gaps.

Policy brief: Overweight, obesity and chronic diseases in Australia [ 20% ]

In Australia, rates of overweight and obesity have increased alarmingly in recent decades in all age groups, with the increase most marked among obese adults. Poor diets, overweight and obesity are leading contributors to burden of disease in Australia.

This policy brief argues that a comprehensive suite of policy and program interventions is urgently required to achieve behaviour change, improve diets and lifestyles, and reduce the burden of chronic disease in Australia.

Uncle Tobys Roll-Ups: 'Made with real fruit' claims [ 19% ]

21 November 2005

In November 2005, the OPC organisations complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission about Uncle Tobys’ marketing of its ‘Fruit Roll-Ups’. The complaint alleged that Uncle Tobys was marketing its Fruit Roll-Ups as if they were fruit in a flattened form or the equivalent of real fruit, and therefore as healthy as fruit (when in fact they contained little fruit and were very high in sugar). Therefore, Uncle Tobys' conduct was misleading and deceptive, and breached the Trade Practices Act.

Obesity: A Call for Action -- Federal Obesity Policies [ 19% ]

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. 

McDonald's vouchers distributed at SPC Ardmona Kids Town Adventure Playground [ 19% ]

28 July 2014

The OPC complained that distribution of these vouchers breached the Quick Service Restaurant Initiative (QSRI) by advertising and marketing products to children which do not represent healthier dietary choices, and do not promote healthy diets or lifestyles.

The vouchers were for a free serving of French fries (small) with any menu purchase at specified McDonalds in the Shepparton area. They were handed out upon a child's admission to the SPC Ardmona KidsTown Adventure Playground just outside of Shepparton. The vouchers featured pictures of Ronald McDonald and fries, was called "Play money" and also promoted the playground. 

Mamee Monster Snacks TV ad & website [ 19% ]

11 April 2014

The OPC complained that a TV ad for Mamee Monster Snacks promoted a product to children which was not a healthier dietary choice.  It featured a large, furry monster smiling widely and eating Mamee Monster snacks, which contain significant amounts of salt and saturated fat

Reports of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity [ 19% ]

1 December 2015


The OPC's submission to the Interim Report of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity welcomed the report but encouraged the Commission to strengthen its position by:

  • highlighting the vital need for WHO and government led policy and regulatory reform;
  • recognising the problems with industry self-regulation and need for governments to manage inherent conflicts of interest;
  • more strongly recognising the social and environmental drivers of overweight and obesity (and the strategies to address them);
  • advocating for the elevation of the WHO Set of Recommendations on the Marketing of Foods and Non-alcoholic Beverages to Children to code or preferably convention status, and/or advocating for a framework convention on food, diets, weight and non-communicable disease; and
  • having regard to the monitoring criteria and progress of the International Network for Obesity/NCD Research, Monitoring and Support (INFORMAS) and the accounting framework recently outlined by Swinburn et al in the Second Lancet Series on Obesity (February, 2015).
The WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity released its Draft Final Report in September 2015. The Draft Final Report is available here

The OPC's responses to the WHO's online consultation questions welcomed the Draft Final Report which included a strengthened focus on prevention, recognition of the importance of government leadership and greater specificity in its recommended Policy Actions. The OPC's responses also highlighting some ways the Final Report could be further strengthened.


Peters Zombies TV ad [ 18% ]

11 April 2014

The OPC argued that this 2013 TV ad for Peters "Zombies" icy poles breached the self-regulatory codes, by using cartoons to promote a product to children that did not represent a healthier dietary choice. Zombies icy poles contain more than 20% sugar, providing more than15 grams of sugar per serve, but no valuable dietary nutrients save for water.

Policy brief: Problems with the Daily Intake Guide Food Labelling Scheme [ 17% ]

11 April 2014

The food industry’s voluntary Daily Intake Guide front-of-pack labelling scheme is not effective to guide consumers to healthier food choices. Research has found that the scheme is confusing for consumers, especially consumers with low literacy and from lower socio-economic groups. The scheme is not based on current recommended energy and nutrient intakes, may be misleading, particularly when used on children’s products, may encourage people to aim to reach (rather than stay below) ‘recommended’ intake levels for unhealthy nutrients (e.g. sodium, saturated fat and sugar) and energy, and does not provide consumers with interpretive guidance about the healthiness of products.

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