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OPC responds to the Australian Beverages Council's progress report to reduce sugar across the industry

25 Nov 2019
Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition has responded to the Australian Beverages Council's progress report to reduce sugar across the industry

Parents sweet-talked into sugar-laden toddler snacks

13 Nov 2019
A new survey has found toddler products boasting nutrition claims and real fruit elements are high in sugar and packed with processed ingredients.

OPC welcomes sugary drinks removal at Melbourne museums

8 Nov 2019
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) welcomed today's announcement by Museums Victoria and VicHealth to phase out sugary drinks from all museums across Melbourne as an important step in tackling childhood obesity.

OPC calls for removal of unhealthy food marketing on public transport to protect kids

23 Aug 2019
At a time when almost a quarter of children are above a healthy weight, new research from the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has found that 61% of the food advertisements on Melbourne's public transport network promote unhealthy food and drinks.

OPC welcomes commitment from the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation to review food labelling for added sugars and Health Star Rating

19 Aug 2019
Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed a commitment from the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation to review food labelling for added sugars but said implementation of the Health Star Rating must be rapid if real change is to be achieved.

Health experts call for action on childhood obesity

23 Jul 2019
A coalition of health experts is calling for increased action on obesity with a new report released today highlighting almost a quarter of Victorian children are overweight or obese.

Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition responds to new research showing a link between higher consumption of sugary drinks and increased risk of cancer

11 Jul 2019
As new data research published in the British Medical Journal shows a link between high consumption of sugary drinks and increased risk of cancer, the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) is calling on government to regulate the marketing and availability of these drinks.

OPC calls for urgent action as obesity burden increases

13 Jun 2019
New data shows overweight and obesity is now a leading contributor to Australia's burden of disease, second only to smoking.

OPC welcomes Opposition's plan for tackling Australia's obesity epidemic

2 May 2019
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has welcomed the federal Opposition's strong actions to tackle obesity in Australia.

Health experts call for tougher penalties to protect children from junk food marketing

27 Apr 2019
After nearly ten years of self-regulatory codes governing what food companies can promote to kids, the Obesity Policy Coalition is calling on both political parties to introduce stronger restrictions and tough penalties to protect children.

Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition welcomes the Queensland Government's move to ban junk food ads on Government-owned advertising spaces

21 Apr 2019
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has welcomed the Queensland Government's move to ban junk food promotions on all Government-owned advertising spaces. Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the OPC, said the move signalled a key step towards reducing the state's childhood obesity rates and improving diets.

Scorecard shows states vary widely in obesity prevention efforts

2 Apr 2019
New South Wales is taking the most action of any Australian government to improve the healthiness of foods in school canteens and hospitals, while other states lag behind, according to Deakin University's report card on the status of Australia's obesity prevention policies.

McDonald's in hot water over 'Happy Studio' app targeting kids with junk food ads

10 Mar 2019
The Advertising Standards Community Panel (the Panel) found McDonald's in breach of the Quick Service Restaurant Initiative for Responsible Advertising and Marketing to Children (QSRI) after a complaint by the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) was upheld.

Cleaning Up Junk Food In Sport - It's Just Not Cricket

10 Jan 2019
Public health groups are calling on elite sporting clubs to clean their act up as new research shows mums and dads are sick of major sports codes partnering with junk food companies that put profits before health.

OPC welcomes Senate Inquiry's vision for tackling Australia's obesity epidemic

5 Dec 2018
The Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed a Senate Inquiry report into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia as an important step toward saving Australians from a lifetime of chronic disease and even premature death.
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