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Australians support for policy initiatives addressing unhealthy diet: a population-based study
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-09, 04:34 authored by Adyya GuptaAdyya Gupta, Kim D Raine, Paula Moynihan, Marco A Peres
Summary To inform public health policy implementation in Australia, our study investigated the level of public support for six policy initiatives addressing unhealthy diet. The policy initiatives included taxing soft drinks and energy drinks, taxing less healthy food and beverage purchases, zoning to restrict the supply of junk foods near schools, prohibiting advertising and promotion of less healthy food and beverages to children under the age of 16 and restricting sugar-sweetened beverages from vending machines in schools, and public places. Data from a cross-sectional population-based study for 4040 Australians aged 15+ years, were analysed. A high overall support across all policy initiatives was observed. Nearly three-quarter of public support was observed for policy initiatives targeting children (zoning to restrict the supply of junk food near schools, prohibiting advertising and promotion of less healthy food and beverages to children under the age of 16 and restricting sugars-sweetened beverages from vending machines in schools), and half of Australians supported policy initiatives of taxing soft drinks and energy drinks and taxing less healthy food and beverage purchases. Australian women and those with tertiary level of education were more likely to support public health initiatives targeting children and all policy initiatives respectively. Interestingly, young adults expressed low level of support for all policy initiatives. The study demonstrated considerable public support for policy initiatives focussed on protecting children from unhealthy diet in Australia. Framing, designing and implementing policies targeting children is potentially a good starting point for policymakers to create a health promoting food environment.
JournalHealth Promotion International
Publication classificationC1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
PublisherOxford University Press
dietGENDER-DIFFERENCESHealth Care Sciences & Serviceshealth policyHealth Policy & ServicesKNOWLEDGELife Sciences & Biomedicinepublic healthpublic opinionPUBLIC SUPPORTPublic, Environmental & Occupational HealthScience & Technologysugar taxSUGAR-SWEETENED BEVERAGESTAX4206 Public health4407 Policy and administrationPublic Health and Health Services not elsewhere classifiedCurriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified