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Jane Martin, Obesity Policy Coalition Executive Manager, responds to findings from The Lancet Global Burden of Disease Study
Friday 16 October 2020
Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition has called for an accelerated approach in progressing a national obesity strategy in order to tackle Australia’s poor diets and spiralling obesity epidemic.
Food industry marketing sugary baby foods as healthy, misleading consumers
Thursday 24 September 2020
Processed baby foods that are high in added sugar from concentrated fruit ingredients are being marketed as healthy, posing a health risk to infants a new study has found.
A missed opportunity: Food ministers reject key recommendation to improve Health Star Rating system
Wednesday 15 July 2020
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has condemned the dismissal by the Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) of the recommendation to lower the health star rating for some packaged foods, to more accurately penalise sugar and salt.
Three in four support mandatory Health Star Ratings: new survey
Wednesday 15 July 2020
As food ministers meet later this week to discuss Australia’s Health Star Rating system, a new survey has found three in four Australians want the Government to mandate health stars being displayed on the front of all packaged food and drinks.
Junk food brands capitalising on lockdown
Sunday 10 May 2020
Public health groups have slammed fast food corporations for their shameless marketing targeting people in isolation, health workers and bored kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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