Obesity Policy Coalition
Studies show that between 1985 and 1997 the combined rate of overweight and obesity in Australia doubled and obesity among young Australians (7–15 years) trebled. Currently one in three Australian adults and one in four Australian children are overweight and obese.
Concerns about rates of overweight and obesity in Australia, and the impact of this on chronic diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, prompted the formation of the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) in 2006. The OPC was established with the aim of influencing change in policy and regulation to support obesity prevention, particularly in Australian children.
The OPC was established by:
The broad objectives of the Obesity Policy Coalition are to identify, analyse and advocate for evidence-based policy and regulatory initiatives to reduce overweight and obesity, particularly in children, at a local, state and national level.
The major areas of policy interest are to:
- analyse and prioritise policy initiatives that are likely to have an impact on reducing obesity, particularly in children
- undertake research to provide the evidence base for policy proposals
- encourage all levels of government to support evidence-based policy initiatives to address the overweight and obesity epidemic, and
- provide leadership to guide and assist researchers and policy professionals working on obesity and overweight issues in Australia.
Legal and regulatory focus
The Obesity Policy Coalition aims to help bring about:
- enforcement of existing laws that support obesity prevention – by persuading regulatory agencies to take enforcement action, particularly in relation to food marketing practices
- law reform to support obesity prevention – by advocating for reform or development of law and regulation that may help prevent obesity, for example, in relation to:
- food composition
- marketing – including food advertising, promotion and labelling
- urban planning, and
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