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Opinion piece to The Age: World Consumer Rights Day [ 37% ]

15 March 2008

Opinion piece to The Age

Planning Act Puts Victorians’ Health at Risk [ 36% ]

15 July 2013

Community protests in the Dandenong Ranges against the development of a 24-hour McDonald’s fast food outlet highlights the urgent need for potential health impacts to be considered in planning decisions, according to the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC).

Nestle Milky Bar Kids website [ 36% ]

27 July 2011

The OPC complained that the Nestle Milky Bar Kid competition website, at www.milkybar.com.au, breached the Australian Association of National Advertisers' (AANA) Food Code as it was contrary to prevailing community standards and undermined the importance of healthy diets. Recognising that the Responsible Children's Marketing Initiative (RCMI) does not apply to company owned websites, the OPC nevertheless asked the ASB to encourage Nestle to cease promoting Milky Bars directly to children and to withdraw the website.   

The website promoted the search for the new "Milky Bar Kid" competition. If featured young contenders and encouraged children to vote for their favourites. It also featured fun activities for children and promoted milky bars.

Hog's Breath TV ad [ 36% ]

27 July 2011

The OPC complained that a Hog's Breath TV ad breached the Australian Association of National Advertisers' (AANA) Food Code as its content and placement during children's programs was contrary to prevailing community standards on unhealthy food advertising to children, and undermined the importance of healthy diets.

The advertisement featured a young girl and fun imagery and was broadcast during children's programs, including Totally Wild and Saturday Disney. The OPC asked the ASB and AANA to encourage Hog's Breath to become a signatory to the Quick Service Restaurant Initiative for Responsible Advertising and Marketing to Children and to cease advertising to children.

National Preventative Health Taskforce - Discussion Paper [ 35% ]

24 December 2008

The National Preventative Health Taskforce invited submissions on its discussion paper ‘Australia: The Healthiest Country by 2020' and supporting Technical paper ‘Obesity: a need for urgent action'. These papers recommended a range of interventions aimed at halting and reversing the rise of obesity and overweight in Australia by 2020, including restrictions on unhealthy food advertising to children, improved food labelling requirements and a review of the taxation system to improve access to healthier foods/ discourage consumption of unhealthy foods.

The OPC's submission outlined its support for the proposed strategy to address overweight and obesity. It also recommended that:

  • Any coordinating body should be linked to the life of the strategy, implement outcomes, measures and targets and co-ordinate action and research
  • Realistic targets, including mediator targets, should be set
  • Food companies should be required to disclose financial and marketing information
  • Comprehensive restrictions should apply to all forms of marketing of unhealthy food to children under 16 years, and Nutrient Profiling should be used to determine whether a food is ‘unhealthy'.
  • Front of pack traffic light labelling should be introduced and nutrient profiling should be used to determine whether a product is unhealthy or not.
  • The public service should act as model environment for health.

Hog's Breath website [ 35% ]

27 July 2011

The OPC complained that a Hog's Breath website, www.hogsbreath.com.au breached the Australian Association of National Advertisers' (AANA) Food Code as it is contrary to prevailing community standards on advertising unhealthy food to children, and undermines the importance of healthy diets.

The website features an animated hog that promotes unhealthy foods, including burgers, fries and soft drinks to children. It also features children's games and images to download and colour in.

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing Inquiry into Obesity [ 35% ]

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.

OPC applauds Greens' policy to phase out junk food advertising from junior sport and outdoor areas [ 34% ]

5 September 2014

The Obesity Policy Coalition applauds The Greens on the launch of its new plan to combat harmful advertising to children and urges other political parties to follow suit.

Donut King Ice Age 3 TV ad and website [ 34% ]

24 December 2009

The OPC complained that a TV ad and website promoting Donut King’s ‘Ice Age 3 combo’ (iced donut and fruit freeze drink) with a free Ice Age 3 wind-up toy breached the premium and pester power clauses of the AANA Food Code because the ad and website were dominated by promotion of the toy, and encouraged children to pester parents for the toy. The complaint also argued that the ad and website were contrary to prevailing community standards.

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