ACMA report delivers blow to self regulation of junk food ads
A report released today by the media watchdog, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), further highlights the inadequacy of self-regulation of junk food advertising, according to Jane Martin, senior policy adviser for the Obesity Policy Coalition.
Evidence shows childhood obesity can be prevented
Researchers have compelling evidence that programs targeting children in settings where they spend the most time, and focusing on policies, curricula, and cultural change for healthy eating and physical activity, can prevent and reduce obesity in children and adolescents.
Fast food outlets plate up junk during Junior Masterchef
A recent decision by the Advertising Standards Board that Junior Masterchef is not primarily directed to children and not covered by food industry advertising codes highlights how ineffective self-regulation is in protecting children from junk food marketing.
Obesity and healthy eating in Australia
This evidence summary outlines current trends in obesity and healthy eating in Australia and Victoria. It also gives an overview of the impacts of an unhealthy diet, as well as barriers and enablers to changing the eating patterns of a population. It has been informed by recent research and policy documents.
Behavioural insights and healthier lives
Dr David Halpern, CEO of the UK-based Behavioural Insights Team, summarises his stint as VicHealth’s inaugural Leading Thinker. Throughout his residency, David’s influence has introduced behavioural insights to VicHealth and partners as an approach to address the health and wellbeing issues facing Victoria.