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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Call to action on Australia's National Obesity Strategy, this World Obesity Day

Monday 6 March 2023
by Jane Martin, Executive Manager, Obesity Policy Coalition
This World Obesity Day, the Obesity Policy Coalition is calling out the lack of progress on Australia’s National Obesity Strategy, a year on from its launch. This roadmap was released by the previous federal government but to date, it’s a half-built road, sadly lacking drivers.

Thumbs down for new food advertising code that fails to protect Australian children (Croakey)

Wednesday 17 August 2022
by Jane Martin
Last November, the Australian Association of National Advertisers announced new rules to reduce advertising of unhealthy food and drinks to children under 15 including on TV. But a recent complaint lodged by the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) to Ad Standards revealed that the new Food and Beverages Code deserves an F for fail. OPC is calling for the Federal, State and Territory governments to set higher standards to protect children from the processed food industry’s unhealthy food marketing.

Implementing the National Obesity Strategy: no time to waste (MJA InSight+)

Monday 14 March 2022
by Jane Martin
LAST week, on World Obesity Day, the long-awaited National Obesity Strategy was launched by the Morrison government, lauded as an Australian first. The Health Minister acknowledged it had an ambitious aim: to halt the rise, and reverse the trend in the prevalence of obesity in adults, and to reduce overweight and obesity in children and adolescents by at least 5% by 2030.

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”.

Where is the National Obesity Strategy?

Thursday 19 August 2021
by Jane Martin
Obesity is an urgent public health issue, set to overtake tobacco as the leading risk factor contributing to disease burden in Australia. Despite this, the promised National Obesity Strategy – agreed to by all governments in 2018 – is yet to be delivered.

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.
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