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Curbing obesity rates in Australia: where is the way forward? Hertie School of Governance, Berlin (15 Nov 2015) [ 43% ]

15 November 2015

Hertie School of Governance opinion piece by Jane Martin

Health Star Rating Call on Food Ministers [ 43% ]

26 June 2014

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Obesity Policy Coalition have called on Ministers at the Food Ministers’ Forum[1] tomorrow to support the Health Star Rating system and to re-establish the website that facilitates the new Health Star Rating on packaged food.

Sugary drinks tax [ 41% ]

Obesity Policy Coalition Executive Manager Jane Martin debunks the sugary drinks industry’s myths with credible evidence of why Australia needs a tax on sugary drinks.

That's not cricket: Junk food sponsors mentioned more than 1,000 times per match, report shows [ 39% ]

28 January 2015

A new report from the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has revealed the incredibly large volume of junk food marketing in cricket broadcasts.

Issues Paper to inform the development of a national food plan [ 39% ]

1 September 2011

The OPC's submission to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry's Issues Paper to inform the development of a national food plan recommended:

  • An overarching approach to food policy and regulation that prioritises public health, in particular the reduction of obesity, overweight and chronic diease 
  • Prioritisation of public health objectives when considering how to minimise regulatory burdens
  • Linkages between the plan and other food related documents
  • Recognition of food advertising as a key driver of childhood overweight and obesity
  • Development and administration of the plan across portfolios, with input from public health group.

The OPC also recommended that the government adopt the recommendations in the Labelling Logic report, investigate options for taxing/subsiding foods to influence consumption, set maximum targets for fat, sugar and salt across food categories (and targets for reduced population intake) and restrict unhealthy food advertising to children.

Curbing obesity rates: what does the evidence show? Health Voices (Nov 2015) [ 38% ]

1 November 2015

Health Voices opinion piece by Jane Martin

Sugary drinks tax could save 1,600+ lives: study [ 38% ]

14 April 2016

A 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks in Australia could save more than 1,600 lives and raise $400 million per year for much-needed obesity prevention initiatives, new research co-authored by the Obesity Policy Coalition has revealed.

Second Kellogg's ad pulled in two weeks following OPC complaint [ 38% ]

4 July 2013

For the second time in two weeks Kellogg's has been forced to withdraw two TV advertisements after a complaint from the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) was upheld by the Advertising Standards Board (ASB).

End the Charade! The ongoing failure to protect children from unhealthy food marketing [ 37% ]

1 December 2015

Australians are becoming increasingly concerned about children’s unhealthy diets, high rates of overweight and obesity and the marketing of unhealthy food to children. The nation’s system for protecting children from unhealthy food marketing is mostly a voluntary, self-regulatory system, operated by the food and advertising industries. In 2012, the Obesity Policy Coalition released a report titled Exposing the Charade. This report explored the problems of unhealthy food marketing to children and highlighted the key failures of the self-regulatory system to protect children from this type of marketing. In particular, it highlighted major loopholes in the self-regulatory codes, explored the narrow application of these codes and concluded that government led regulation is urgently needed.

This new report from the OPC, End the Charade! demonstrates that the system is continuing to fail and that the few protections that do exist are being slowly weakened, and with no accountability or input from stakeholders.

Health groups throw down the challenge to Coca Cola [ 37% ]

11 September 2013

Peak health and community organisations have written to senior leaders in Coca-Cola's Australian and New Zealand operations calling for the company to stop weight-washing the issue of obesity with expensive advertising, and instead take practical steps to address the core drivers of weight gain.

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