In 2008, the Australian Government appointed a National Preventative Health Taskforce to develop strategies to tackle chronic disease caused by tobacco, alcohol and obesity. The Taskforce released a final report entitled Australia: The Healthiest Country by 2020 – National Preventative Health Strategy – The roadmap for action.
The roadmap outlined 27 recommended action items under 10 Key Action Areas designed to reduce and control obesity in Australia. In 2010, the Government published its response to the roadmap, indicating its plans and intended actions in relation to each Key Action Area.
The Obesity Policy Coalition’s report, Obesity in Australia: a decade of inaction, assesses the progress made in the decade since the Commonwealth Government published its response to the roadmap.
Of the 27 recommended actions made in the original roadmap to reduce and control obesity in Australia, the OPC found that only one had been fully completed. Many (20) have made limited progress, while six have not been progressed at all.
Obesity in Australia: A decade of inaction
Evaluating 10 years of government (in)action against the National Health Preventative Taskforce's obesity policy recommendations.
Obesity in Australia: A decade of inaction – Appendix
A detailed analysis that supports the main report.