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Back to the naughty corner: McDonald’s breaches marketing to kids codes again
Thursday 2 April 2020
A McDonald’s advertisement has been pulled after The Advertising Standards Community Panel (the Panel) found the company in breach of the Quick Service Restaurant Initiative for Responsible Advertising and Marketing to Children (QSRI) after a complaint by the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) was upheld.
Obesity experts criticise decade of inaction to tackle Australia’s obesity epidemic
Wednesday 4 March 2020
The Obesity Policy Coalition has slammed the failure of successive governments to tackle Australia’s obesity problem, despite a report published 10 years ago promising to make Australia the ‘healthiest country by 2020’.
Junk food brands influence parents through kids’ sport sponsorship
Wednesday 26 February 2020
New Cancer Council Victoria research has found that when unhealthy food and drink brands sponsor kids’ sport programs parents are more likely to recognise, choose and view these brands in a positive light.
OPC responds to World Cancer Research Fund report on protecting children from junk food marketing
Friday 24 January 2020
Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition has responded to the World Cancer Research Fund's report on protecting children from junk food marketing
Time to can fast food marketing targeting teens
Tuesday 21 January 2020
VicHealth and the Obesity Policy Coalition are calling for higher standards on fast food marketing to teenagers and children after new research has revealed how unhealthy food and drink ads manipulate teens into buying their products.
Public health groups call for tougher penalties to protect children from unhealthy food marketing
Wednesday 11 December 2019
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) is urging the Commonwealth Government to introduce higher standards to protect children after Kellogg’s exploited a loophole in the food industry’s flimsy marketing codes to lure kids into consuming products packed with sugar.
OPC responds to the Australian Beverages Council’s progress report to reduce sugar across the industry
Monday 25 November 2019
Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition has responded to the Australian Beverages Council’s progress report to reduce sugar across the industry
Parents sweet-talked into sugar-laden toddler snacks
Wednesday 13 November 2019
A new survey has found toddler products boasting nutrition claims and real fruit elements are high in sugar and packed with processed ingredients.
OPC welcomes sugary drinks removal at Melbourne museums
Friday 8 November 2019
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) welcomed today’s announcement by Museums Victoria and VicHealth to phase out sugary drinks from all museums across Melbourne as an important step in tackling childhood obesity.
OPC calls for removal of unhealthy food marketing on public transport to protect kids
Friday 23 August 2019
At a time when almost a quarter of children are above a healthy weight, new research from the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has found that 61% of the food advertisements on Melbourne’s public transport network promote unhealthy food and drinks.
OPC welcomes commitment from the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation to review food labelling for added sugars and Health Star Rating
Monday 19 August 2019
Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed a commitment from the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation to review food labelling for added sugars but said implementation of the Health Star Rating must be rapid if real change is to be achieved.
Health experts call for action on childhood obesity
Tuesday 23 July 2019
A coalition of health experts is calling for increased action on obesity with a new report released today highlighting almost a quarter of Victorian children are overweight or obese.
Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition responds to new research showing a link between higher consumption of sugary drinks and increased risk of cancer
Thursday 11 July 2019
As new data research published in the British Medical Journal shows a link between high consumption of sugary drinks and increased risk of cancer, the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) is calling on government to regulate the marketing and availability of these drinks.
OPC calls for urgent action as obesity burden increases
Thursday 13 June 2019
New data shows overweight and obesity is now a leading contributor to Australia’s burden of disease, second only to smoking.
OPC welcomes Opposition’s plan for tackling Australia’s obesity epidemic
Thursday 2 May 2019
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has welcomed the federal Opposition’s strong actions to tackle obesity in Australia.
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