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Australia: Missed chance to tackle obesity

The Australian government has released its response to the  National Preventative Health Taskforce report.  The Age says it has rejected its own experts’ recommendations to take on the powerful food and alcohol industries.

An editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald calls the report “curiously timid and bleakly ineffective”.  It rejected many of the more contentious recommendations –  such as a ban on junk-food advertising before 9 pm.

Professor Rob Moodie, chair of the Taskforce,  summarised the report at a public lecture. He welcomed some initiatives and pointed out the government’s failings on others.

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald, 14 May 2010

Read more: The Age, 13 May 2010

Read more: Croakey blog, 13 May 2010

Read the Australian government’s response

Published on May 15, 2010 in Australian news