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Level of implementation of best practice policies for creating healthy food environments: assessment by state and non-state actors in Thailand

Phulkerd, Sirinya, Vandevijvere, Stefanie, Lawrence, Mark, Tangcharoensathien, Viroj and Sacks, Gary 2016, Level of implementation of best practice policies for creating healthy food environments: assessment by state and non-state actors in Thailand, Public health nutrition, In Press, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1017/S1368980016002391.

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Title Level of implementation of best practice policies for creating healthy food environments: assessment by state and non-state actors in Thailand
Author(s) Phulkerd, Sirinya
Vandevijvere, Stefanie
Lawrence, Mark
Tangcharoensathien, Viroj
Sacks, Gary
Journal name Public health nutrition
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2016-09-13
ISSN 1368-9800
1475-2727
Keyword(s) healthy food environments
policy implementation
obesity
non-communicable diseases
state and non-state actors
Summary OBJECTIVE: To determine and compare the level of implementation of policies for healthy food environments in Thailand with reference to international best practice by state and non-state actors.
DESIGN: Data on the current level of implementation of food environment policies were assessed independently using the adapted Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) by two groups of actors. Concrete actions were proposed for Thai Government. A joint meeting between both groups was subsequently held to reach consensus on priority actions.
SETTING: Thailand.
SUBJECTS: Thirty state actors and twenty-seven non-state actors.
RESULTS: Level of policy implementation varied across different domains and actor groups. State actors rated implementation levels higher than non-state actors. Both state and non-state actors rated level of implementation of monitoring of BMI highest. Level of implementation of policies promoting in-store availability of healthy foods and policies increasing tax on unhealthy foods were rated lowest by state and non-state actors, respectively. Both groups reached consensus on eleven priority actions for implementation, focusing on food provision in public-sector settings, food composition, food promotion, leadership, monitoring and intelligence, and food trade.
CONCLUSIONS: Although the implementation gaps identified and priority actions proposed varied between state and non-state actors, both groups achieved consensus on a comprehensive food policy package to be implemented by the Thai Government to improve the healthiness of food environments. This consensus is a platform for continued policy dialogue towards cross-sectoral policy coherence and effective actions to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases and obesity in Thailand.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S1368980016002391
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
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