A number of reports and guidelines related to overweight and obesity, nutrition, food promotion and marketing, physical activity, and other health issues and conditions, have been developed by various government and health bodies, organisations and associations.
Refer to the links provided below to gain access to several reports and guidelines, each intended for use within state, national and/or international contexts.
The summary provided with each report or set of guidelines, aims to highlight important information, background and aims relevant to the report/guidelines, as well as provide web links and references for electronic or hard copy access.
To access downloadable reports, click here: Reports
The NHMRC (revised) Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults, and Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia, were launched in June 2003. They are based on the best available scientific evidence, which can improve the health of Australians and reduce the burden of preventable diet-related death, illness and disability. These guidelines attempt to provide information about healthy eating and lifestyle choices, with the aim of promoting good nutrition and health, and preventing, reducing and minimising the risk of diet-related diseases within the Australian population.
Each guideline, which is no longer listed by number, deals with a key health issue. The prevention of obesity is a strong theme throughout the new guidelines. Changes to the guidelines also include cautions about eating too much sugar and a new section that addresses safe storage and preparation of food. Of particular interest were the recommendations of decreasing the age at which children may consume reduced fat dairy products from four to two years, and that babies be breast fed until around six months.
The guidelines are aimed at health care professionals to assist them in providing advice about healthy eating. Comprehensive information for consumers has also been prepared.
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) - http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/
Full Report is available from http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/focus-on-nutrition-survey-2008-09
The Key messages - the ones most relevant to ANZOS are bad news (see main article).
The inside track on the marketing strategies of Olympic food and soft drink sponsors, and the sponsorship deals behind them.
The recent 2012 summer Olympic games in London were a huge success (unless you measure success in terms of Australian gold medals). However, anyone who watched the telecasts from the games could not avoid being exposed to a significant amount of marketing by junk food manufactures including some shameless promos by high profile athletes.
One of our New Zealand Council members, Prof Elaine Rush was interviewed on national television discussing how food manufacturers use sponsorship of the Olympics and other sports sponsorship to downplay the role diet has in obesity, rather than acknowledging that both increased activity and a healthier diet are vital.
See her interview here: http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/junk-food-olympics-video-5017646
Elaine referred to the work undertaken by the UK food advocacy group called sustain which found that corporate sponsorship accounts for less than 10% of the total funding for the London2012 Games, and junk food sponsors contribute only around 2% of the IOC income. Yet sponsors like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury’s are given an unrivalled platform to promote their unhealthy brands and products. The report concludes that the IOC should set proper conditions on promoting healthy eating in their sponsorship deals, and that junk food brands should be excluded from sponsoring all sporting events.
You will find a copy of this report here: http://www.sustainweb.org/publications/?id=237
The International Obesity TaskForce (IOTF) has been working in Asia and in the Pacific region to encourage the development of new policies that address the prevention and management of overweight and obesity.
The Asia-Pacific Perspective: Redefining Obesity and its Treatment document, provides a regional emphasis on the importance of obesity, its prevention and treatment. The document suggests diagnostic criteria to identify overweight and obesity in Asian populations, and provides information on prevention and treatment of obesity in Asian and Pacific communities. The intention is for the document to be used to encourage the development of effective obesity prevention programmes and policies.
This document constitutes a useful starting point, whose management approaches must be implemented in conjunction with existing national guidelines. The guidelines contained in this report aim to strengthen obesity management in countries of the Region and will be useful to all health professionals interested and involved in the diagnosis, management and prevention of obesity.
Asia Pacific IOTF – http://www.iotf.org/asiapacific/
World Health Organisation, International Association for the Study of Obesity, International Obesity TaskForce. The Asia-Pacific Perspective: Redefining obesity and its treatment. Sydney: Health Communications, 2000.
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