INSIDE OUR FOOD COMPANIES

Unhealthy diets are creating a public health crisis in Australia

Unhealthy diets and obesity are leading contributors to poor health in Australia. This has a high cost to the economy, including large impacts on the health care system and productivity.

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.

'Inside our Food Companies' is a series of reports that present the findings of monitoring and benchmarking studies of food companies in Australia.

Benchmarking company nutrition policies and commitments

In this series of reports, we assessed the largest Australian food companies on their policies 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 companies are demonstrating leadership in relation to obesity prevention and nutrition, and identify areas for improvement.

Monitoring the healthiness of Australian supermarkets

The 'Inside our Supermarkets 2020' report assessed the healthiness of Australian supermarkets. The aim of this study was to assess the degree to which the in-store environment within major Australian supermarket chains (Coles, Woolworths, ALDI and independent stores) promote healthy eating, and how this varies according to the level of socioeconomic disadvantage of the area in which the stores were located.  

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