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New report highlights urgent need for national obesity strategy

Thursday 8 December 2016
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.

Unilever Paddle Pop ad found in breach of responsible marketing to kids code

Wednesday 7 December 2016
Australia's independent advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Board (ASB) has found Unilever in breach of the Responsible Children's Marketing Initiative (RCMI) after a complaint by the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) was upheld.

Grattan report shows the time is right for a sugary drinks tax in Australia

Wednesday 23 November 2016
The Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed a major Grattan Institute report recommending the introduction of a tax on sugary drinks in Australia, which is urgently needed to help curb increasing rates of obesity and chronic disease.

OPC applauds Greens for committing to sugary drinks tax

Wednesday 22 June 2016
The Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed The Greens' pledge to introduce a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks as part of its broader plan to combat Australia's worsening obesity problem.

Heinz under spotlight over 'healthy' high-sugar toddler snacks

Tuesday 21 June 2016
Food companies who make misleading health claims on children's products have been put on notice today by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

OPC welcomes Labor's plan to tackle obesity, chronic disease

Monday 20 June 2016
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has welcomed Labor's plan to prevent chronic disease but warns more needs to be done to reduce the impact of obesity.

Unhealthy snack bars don't reveal health rating: survey

Monday 16 May 2016
More than 63 per cent of snack bars on major supermarket shelves do not display the Government-led Health Star Rating System and some manufacturers only use the stars on high-rating products, a new survey from the Obesity Policy Coalition has revealed.

Sugary drinks tax could save 1,600+ lives: study

Thursday 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.

KJs on the menu: a healthy step for Victorians

Thursday 7 April 2016
The Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed the Victorian Government's announcement this morning that it will implement mandatory kilojoule labelling in chain fast food outlets and supermarkets across the state.

Australia making no progress to prevent obesity, alcohol harm: MJA report

Monday 4 April 2016
Australia's investment in life-saving health promotion programs now lags well behind many other comparable Western countries, public health experts say.

Australia should follow UK with 20% sugary drinks tax

Thursday 17 March 2016
The Federal Government should implement a 20% tax on sugary drinks to improve the health of Australians and reduce the burden of chronic disease, according to Jane Martin, Executive Manager, Obesity Policy Coalition.

Charade of 'responsible' junk food ads worsening

Tuesday 1 December 2015
A new Obesity Policy Coalition report calls for action to protect children from junk food marketing, as profit-hungry food advertisers exploit loopholes in self-regulatory codes. The report, End the Charade, highlights the failures of self-regulation by the food and advertising industries, exposing sneaky tactics that are resulting in children being bombarded with junk food advertising.

Fanta loses fizz: Ad and app pulled for directly marketing to kids

Wednesday 15 July 2015
A Fanta television advertisement and mobile phone app have been pulled after the Advertising Standards Board found they broke the rules by directly marketing an unhealthy drink to children.

OPC congratulates Kellogg's for adding Health Star Ratings to cereal products

Monday 20 April 2015
The Obesity Policy Coalition is today congratulating Kellogg's on its decision to add Health Star Ratings to its breakfast cereal products.

Back to school warning: 'healthy' kids' fruit drinks contain more sugar than soft drinks

Monday 13 April 2015
Many popular children's fruit drinks which promote themselves as healthy options have been found to contain up to 7 teaspoons of sugar - even more sugar than for the same amount of Coke.
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