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The Obesity Policy Coalition is concerned about the increasing levels of overweight and obesity, particularly in Australian children. Indications are that overweight and obesity among children is not merely increasing but accelerating.
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.
The Obesity Policy Coalition has commented on a number of issues in the media and through media releases.
The Obesity Policy Coalition is calling on the Federal Government to commit to a national action plan to prevent obesity following today's release of figures by the National Health Performance Authority.
The Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed The Greens' pledge to put prevention at the forefront of its health platform ahead of the Victorian election.
As new figures reveal high rates of overweight and obesity right across the country, the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) is calling for a national obesity strategy to address a serious and widespread weight problem.
The Victorian Health Monitor has found that obesity prevalence in Victoria has been grossly underestimated. The report found that, when measured, almost 25 per cent of the Victorian population has a BMI in the obese category, which is much higher than the 17 per cent rate based on self-reporting.
A landmark study involving more than 100 nutrition and policy experts from 53 organisations across the country has identified critical action areas for Australian governments to tackle the rise of obesity through unhealthy diets - now one of the leading causes of preventable death and disability in Australia.
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: