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Reports of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity [ 73% ]

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.


Health coalition applauds Tasmania for taking the lead on junk food ads [ 70% ]

10 May 2011

The Obesity Policy Coalition has applauded Tasmanian Minister for Consumer Protection, Nick McKim, for taking the lead in protecting children from junk food advertising by calling for an investigation today.

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OPC urges Senate to support junk ad bill [ 70% ]

21 November 2011

The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has urged all Federal MPs to support a Bill to be introduced into the Senate tomorrow to protect children from junk food advertising.

Next steps: building on the prevention system to address overweight & obesity in Victoria [ 70% ]

18 July 2014

Read the Obesity Policy Coalition’s call to action for all Victorian political parties to build on the prevention system to address overweight and obesity in Victoria through five key action areas:

  1. Comprehensive plan
  2. Marketing of unhealthy food
  3. Food environments
  4. Kilojoule menu labelling
  5. Planning laws 


Policy brief: Reforming planning laws to reduce overweight and obesity in Australia [ 70% ]

1 October 2014


The Australian population's high rates of obesity and the resultant increased risk of non-communicable diseases (NCD), present a great challenge to governments and policy makers. Increasingly, strategies to influence health have become priorities for planners, however Australian planning laws continue to operate largely without regard for public health goals.

This policy brief provides an overview of:

  1. The growing body of research into the impact of urban planning on health and non-communicable disease, particularly through influencing physical activity levels and diets; 
  2. The limited role of local governments in shaping planning priorities, their growing role in promoting preventative health in local communities, and the conflict that currently exists between the operation of these two schemes; and 
  3. The potential for reform of planning laws by State Governments to impact rates of overweight and obesity and to improve health in Australian communities. 




Complaints [ 68% ]

The Obesity Policy Coalition makes complaints to regulatory and self-regulatory agencies about issues such as food marketing to children.

Traffic light labels a win for consumers' health [ 68% ]

28 January 2011

The Obesity Policy Coalition has applauded the food labelling review's recommendations for traffic light labelling on front of food packages and fast food menus as a victory for consumers and the health of Australians.

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