ASSESSMENT OF COMPANY POLICIES AND COMMITMENTS RELATED TO OBESITY PREVENTION AND NUTRITION

AUSTRALIA 2018

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.

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.​

SUPERMARKETS

FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANUFACTURERS

QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANTS

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