Health experts are calling for national strategy to curb Australia’s obesity epidemic that would include a restriction on junk food being sold in school canteens.
The landmark report, released today, involved 100 nutrition and policy experts from 53 organisations around the country and argues that variation in nutrition policies across federal and state governments is hindering efforts to address the issue.
It found, for example, that while each state and territory has healthy food provision in schools, they differ in the way the policies are applied and the extent to which that is monitored and supported.
Study author Dr Gary Sacks of Deakin Univerity’s Global Obesity Centre said in a statement that it is vital that such policies are implemented in a coordinated way.
“There is no silver bullet to helping people eat more healthily – we know from international evidence that we need coordination across federal, state and local government to implement a whole suite of different policies to tackle the problem.”
Also recommended in the study are taxes on unhealthy foods (especially sugary drinks), and regulations to reduce exposure of children to marketing of unhealthy food.