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Moving beyond 'rates, roads and rubbish' : how do local governments make choices about healthy public policy to prevent obesity?

Allender, Steven, Gleeson, Erin, Crammond, Brad, Sacks, Gary, Lawrence, Mark, Peeters, Anna, Loff, Bebe and Swinburn, Boyd 2009, Moving beyond 'rates, roads and rubbish' : how do local governments make choices about healthy public policy to prevent obesity?, Australia and New Zealand health policy, vol. 6, no. Article 20, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1186/1743-8462-6-20.

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Title Moving beyond 'rates, roads and rubbish' : how do local governments make choices about healthy public policy to prevent obesity?
Author(s) Allender, StevenORCID iD for Allender, Steven orcid.org/0000-0002-4842-3294
Gleeson, Erin
Crammond, Brad
Sacks, GaryORCID iD for Sacks, Gary orcid.org/0000-0001-9736-1539
Lawrence, MarkORCID iD for Lawrence, Mark orcid.org/0000-0001-6899-3983
Peeters, Anna
Loff, Bebe
Swinburn, Boyd
Journal name Australia and New Zealand health policy
Volume number 6
Issue number Article 20
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-08-23
ISSN 1743-8462
Summary While the causes of obesity are well known traditional education and treatment strategies do not appear to be making an impact. One solution as part of a broader complimentary set of strategies may be regulatory intervention at local government level to create environments for healthy nutrition and increased physical activity. Semi structured interviews were conducted with representatives of local government in Australia. Factors most likely to facilitate policy change were those supported by external funding, developed from an evidence base and sensitive to community and market forces. Barriers to change included a perceived or real lack of power to make change and the complexity of the legislative framework. The development of a systematic evidence base to provide clear feedback on the size and scope of the obesity epidemic at a local level, coupled with cost benefit analysis for any potential regulatory intervention, are crucial to developing a regulatory environment which creates the physical and social environment required to prevent obesity.
Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1743-8462-6-20
Field of Research 160508 Health Policy
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Allender et al (The authors)
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019904

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