Government regulation to promote healthy food environments : a view from inside state governments

Shill, J., Mavoa, H., Allender, S., Lawrence, M., Sacks, G., Peeters, A., Crammond, B. and Swinburn, B. 2012, Government regulation to promote healthy food environments : a view from inside state governments, Obesity reviews, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 162-173, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2011.00937.x.

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Title Government regulation to promote healthy food environments : a view from inside state governments
Author(s) Shill, J.
Mavoa, H.
Allender, S.ORCID iD for Allender, S.
Lawrence, M.ORCID iD for Lawrence, M.
Sacks, G.ORCID iD for Sacks, G.
Peeters, A.
Crammond, B.
Swinburn, B.
Journal name Obesity reviews
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 162
End page 173
Total pages 12
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2012-02
ISSN 1467-7881
Keyword(s) Australia
whole of government
Summary Food policy interventions are an important component of obesity-prevention strategies and can potentially drive positive changes in obesogenic environments. This study sought to identify regulatory interventions targeting the food environment, and barriers/facilitators to their implementation at the Australian state government level. In-depth interviews were conducted with senior representatives from state/territory governments, statutory authorities and non-government organizations (n = 45) to examine participants’ (i) suggestions for regulatory interventions for healthier food environments and (ii) support for pre-selected regulatory interventions derived from a literature review. Data were analysed using thematic and constant comparative analyses. Interventions commonly suggested by participants were regulating unhealthy food marketing; limiting the density of fast food outlets; pricing reforms to decrease fruit/vegetable prices and increase unhealthy food prices; and improved food labelling. The most commonly supported preselected interventions were related to food marketing and service. Primary production and retail sector interventions were least supported. The dominant themes were the need for whole-of-government and collaborative approaches; the influence of the food industry; conflicting policies/agenda; regulatory challenges; the need for evidence of effectiveness; and economic disincentives. While interventions such as public sector healthy food service policies were supported by participants, marketing restrictions and fiscal interventions face substantial barriers including a push for deregulation and private sector opposition.
Notes Article first published online 29 Sep. 2011
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2011.00937.x
Field of Research 111104 Public Nutrition Intervention
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
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