Opinion pieces

The Obesity Policy Coalition frequently provides an expert voice on obesity prevention in the media, academic journals, and blogs and other media. Read more below.

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Let’s untangle the murky politics around kids and food (and ditch the guilt) (The Conversation)

Wednesday 9 January 2019
by Jane Martin
Naturally, parents want the best for their children. While they shouldn’t chastise themselves for offering the occasional treat, what used to be an “occasional” treat is becoming something that’s “every day”, or “several times a day”.

Obesity: a problem worth fighting (Canberra Times)

Wednesday 12 December 2018
by Jane Martin
Obesity has become one of the greatest public health challenges of our time; nearly two-thirds of adults and over a quarter of children in Australia are an unhealthy weight.

We have the tools to fight obesity, so let's use them (Herald Sun)

Wednesday 24 October 2018
by Jane Martin
Sadly being above a healthy weight has become the norm in Australia with nearly two-thirds of adults and over a quarter of children being classified as overweight or obese. We already know obesity, poor diet and a lack of physical activity contribute to the large proportion of preventable disease in Australia.

Tax on soft drinks is sweet (The Australian)

Tuesday 22 May 2018
by Jane Martin
Coca-Cola Amatil's fierce opposition to a health levy to increase the price of sugary drinks is not surprising; it's our largest manufacturer of the product. Australians should not be taken in by the arguments of Coca-Cola Amatil's group managing director, Alison Watkins. Coca-Cola is not in the business of health. It is in the business of selling drinks, and its job is to return a profit to shareholders by selling a lot of these — mostly sugary — drinks.

Hook, line and sugar: Parents are being tricked into making unhealthy choices (Herald Sun)

Friday 13 April 2018
by Jane Martin
When I discovered the so-called 'iron man' cereal (you know the one) I was buying for my teenage son was one third sugar, I felt pretty gutted. Wasn't this supposed to create and fuel fit young men, like the athlete on the pack? That healthy, buff iron man, plus the lists of nutrition claims – like protein, calcium, 'carbs' – plastered all over the box were clearly doing their job: convincing me this was a healthy choice. They got me hook, line and sugar.

Taxing sugary drinks will save lives and cut obesity (Sydney Morning Herald)

Tuesday 30 January 2018
by Jane Martin
The Australian Medical Association is one of many organisations to recommend a health levy on sugary drinks to discourage people from drinking them, but neither the Coalition nor the Opposition want a bar of this. Read the full article

Don't let the sugar tax debate distract us from the obesity crisis (The Guardian)

Wednesday 4 October 2017
by Jane Martin, Anna Peeters and Steven Allender
One single policy can't fix the obesity crisis. But our eight-point plan can – if the government will act.

Actually, we do need a strategy for obesity (Daily Telegraph)

Thursday 24 August 2017
by Jane Martin
What if I told you there's a chronic health condition that affects one in four children in Australia, shortening their life expectancy and compromising their mental health as well as putting them at greater risk of social isolation? It's also preventable and is being fostered by the corporate sector, while the federal government sits on the sidelines.

Junk food and drink have no place in our hospitals (MJA Insight)

Thursday 1 June 2017
by Jane Martin
If you are one of the few Australians who still smoke, you would not expect to be able to buy cigarettes in a hospital or health clinic. It is counter-intuitive for tobacco to be sold in the very places that treat smoking-related diseases. In the same vein, the centres that treat chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, should not sell junk food and drinks.

How we get sucked in by junk food specials in supermarkets (The Conversation)

Tuesday 11 October 2016
by Jane Martin
Three in five Australian adults get sucked in by promotions and specials on junk food and sugary drinks at the supermarket, research released today shows.

We need a tax on sugary drinks to get serious about the fight against obesity (Sydney Morning Herald)

Wednesday 22 June 2016
by Jane Martin
Sugary drinks are the largest contributor of added sugar in Australian diets. Many people would be shocked to learn that a typical 600ml bottle of soft drink contains a whopping 16 teaspoons of sugar. This is sugar that our bodies simply do not need, and a major contributor to Australia's obesity epidemic.

Obesity: We know what to do (MJA Insight)

Monday 6 June 2016
by Jane Martin
Over the past decade, Australia’s weight problem has worsened. Since the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) launched in June 2006, we’ve seen a rise in obesity rates among many demographics, while the burden of disease for poor diets and obesity has increased.

Australian sugary drinks tax could prevent thousands of heart attacks and strokes and save 1,600 lives (The Conversation)

Thursday 14 April 2016
by Sacks G, Martin J, Veerman L
Last month the United Kingdom announced a sugar tax on soft drinks. The tax will come into effect in 2018, with the funds to be used to address childhood obesity.

Obesity prevention policy falling behind (MJA Podcast)

Monday 4 April 2016
by Rob Moodie, Jane Martin and Penny Tolhurst
Australia's flagging chronic disease prevention policies.

We can avoid weight creep: here's how (The Conversation)

Wednesday 20 January 2016
by Jane Martin
Many of us enter a new year reflecting on where we have been and our plans for the future. For some, this will mean acknowledging that a couple more kilos have crept on over the past year. Others will have health on their hit list for 2016; resolving to eat better and lose weight could be part of that.
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