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17 May 2019

Policies for tackling obesity and creating healthier food environments: 2019 progress update Australian governments

This report summarises and assesses the actions taken by Australian governments (July 2016 – December 2018) in relation to the recommended policies identified in the 2017 Food Policy Index report to assess the food and diet-related policies that were in place in each jurisdiction, and identify recommended actions for each government based on international best practice. While each jurisdiction has made some progress in relation to the recommended policies, there is large variation in the actions taken by each jurisdiction, and there continues to be varying levels of implementation of internationally recommended policies across Australia. The authors argued that Australia needs a national co-ordinated approach to address unhealthy diets and obesity. An increased focus on sharing of good practice with respect to policy design and implementation is required as part of the National Obesity Strategy that is currently under development.