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Australia: Obesity: What politicians should do

The unstoppable Australian obesity and diabetes juggernaut. What should politicians do?

Six regulatory measures would stop the development of childhood obesity say researchers in the August issue of the Medical Journal of Australia.

  • bans on food marketing to children
  • having strict food and physical activity rules for schools
  • removing unhealthy food and drinks from all publicly funded premises
  • having traffic light labelling on all foods, drinks and meals wherever sold
  • changing the relative prices of foods and drinks high in fat or sugar in favour of vegetables and fruit
  • making urban environments more pedestrian and cyclist friendly
  • Read more: Medical Journal of Australia, 185 (4) Aug 2006

    Is the food industry killing us?

    Modern food production methods are helping to make us overweight. Australian governments have introduced education programmes in recent year and the food industry has made some changes. But these aren’t enough.

    Read more: ABC, The Pulse, 25 Aug 2006

    Published on August 20, 2006 in Australian news