ASSESSMENT OF COMPANY POLICIES AND COMMITMENTS RELATED TO OBESITY PREVENTION AND NUTRITION
INSIDE OUR FOOD COMPANIES
UNHEALTHY DIETS ARE CREATING A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS IN AUSTRALIA
The food industry has an important role to play in addressing obesity and improving population diets
Tackling obesity and improving population diets requires a comprehensive societal response, including government policies, community support, and wide-scale action from the food industry.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified a number of actions that the food industry can take to improve population nutrition and create healthier food environments, including:
Limiting the levels of salt, free sugars, saturated fat, and trans fat in products
Ensuring that healthy and nutritious choices are available and affordable to all consumers
Practicing responsible marketing of foods high in salt, free sugars, and unhealthy fats, especially to children
Providing consumers with clear, easily understood, and evidence-based nutrition information on food labels.
Benchmarking company nutrition policies and commitments
'Inside our Food Companies' assessed the largest Australian food companies on their polices and commitments related to obesity prevention and nutrition, across three major food industry sectors: supermarkets, food and beverage manufacturers, and quick service restaurants. The objective was to highlight where Australian food companies are demonstrating leadership in relation to obesity prevention and nutrition, and identify areas for improvement.