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Australia: New obesity report is a recipe for fatness

The Australian House of Representatives released its report on the obesity inquiry last week.  Professor Boyd Swinburn sent some comments to health blog Croakey:

The Parliamentary Inquiry on Obesity served up a largely evidence-free set of weak recommendations for obesity prevention. The Committee took a feather duster approach to the prevention part of their brief, lightly touching all options without disturbing the status quo.  They dismissed the mountain of direct and indirect evidence that marketing increases junk food consumption and obesity and instead plumped for two programs which cost hundreds of millions of dollars and have no evidence for any effect on reducing obesity.

It is time for the politicians to look at the evidence, listen to the people and do something meaningful about obesity prevention, especially childhood obesity.

Aside from the piles of evidence reviews on the topic, it is also question of ethics and children’s rights.  In an age of burgeoning childhood obesity, to allow multinational companies to continually bombard children with sophisticated marketing techniques to get them to pester their parents to buy them the very foods that promote obesity is downright unethical.

Read more: Croakey (the Crikeky health blog), 9 June 2009

Published on June 9, 2009 in Australian news