A proposed approach to monitor private-sector policies and practices related to food environments, obesity and non-communicable disease prevention

Sacks, G., Swinburn, B., Kraak, V., Downs, S., Walker, C., Barquera, S., Friel, S., Hawkes, C., Kelly, B., Kumanyika, S., L'Abbe, M., Lee, A., Lobstein, T., Ma, J., Macmullan, J., Mohan, S., Monteiro, C., Neal, B., Rayner, M., Sanders, D., Snowdon, W. and Vandevijvere, S. 2013, A proposed approach to monitor private-sector policies and practices related to food environments, obesity and non-communicable disease prevention, Obesity reviews, vol. 14, no. Supplement S1, pp. 38-48.

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Title A proposed approach to monitor private-sector policies and practices related to food environments, obesity and non-communicable disease prevention
Author(s) Sacks, G.ORCID iD for Sacks, G. orcid.org/0000-0001-9736-1539
Swinburn, B.
Kraak, V.
Downs, S.
Walker, C.
Barquera, S.
Friel, S.
Hawkes, C.
Kelly, B.
Kumanyika, S.
L'Abbe, M.
Lee, A.
Lobstein, T.
Ma, J.
Macmullan, J.
Mohan, S.
Monteiro, C.
Neal, B.
Rayner, M.
Sanders, D.
Snowdon, W.
Vandevijvere, S.
Journal name Obesity reviews
Volume number 14
Issue number Supplement S1
Start page 38
End page 48
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2013-10
ISSN 1467-7881
1467-789X
Keyword(s) INFORMAS
non-communicable diseases
obesity prevention
private sector
Summary Private-sector organizations play a critical role in shaping the food environments of individuals and populations. However, there is currently very limited independent monitoring of private-sector actions related to food environments. This paper reviews previous efforts to monitor the private sector in this area, and outlines a proposed approach to monitor private-sector policies and practices related to food environments, and their influence on obesity and non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention. A step-wise approach to data collection is recommended, in which the first (‘minimal’) step is the collation of publicly available food and nutrition-related policies of selected private-sector organizations. The second (‘expanded’) step assesses the nutritional composition of each organization's products, their promotions to children, their labelling practices, and the accessibility, availability and affordability of their products. The third (‘optimal’) step includes data on other commercial activities that may influence food environments, such as political lobbying and corporate philanthropy. The proposed approach will be further developed and piloted in countries of varying size and income levels. There is potential for this approach to enable national and international benchmarking of private-sector policies and practices, and to inform efforts to hold the private sector to account for their role in obesity and NCD prevention.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
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