Monitoring the impacts of trade agreements on food environments

Friel, S., Hattersley, L., Snowdon, W., Thow, A-M., Lobstein, T., Sanders, D., Barquera, S., Mohan, S., Hawkes, C., Kelly, B., Kumanyika, S., L'Abbe, M., Lee, A., Ma, J., Macmullan, J., Monteiro, C., Neal, B., Rayner, M., Sacks, G., Swinburn, B, Vandevijvere, S. and Walker, C. 2013, Monitoring the impacts of trade agreements on food environments, Obesity reviews, vol. 14, no. Supplement S1, pp. 120-134.

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Title Monitoring the impacts of trade agreements on food environments
Author(s) Friel, S.
Hattersley, L.
Snowdon, W.
Thow, A-M.
Lobstein, T.
Sanders, D.
Barquera, S.
Mohan, S.
Hawkes, C.
Kelly, B.
Kumanyika, S.
L'Abbe, M.
Lee, A.
Ma, J.
Macmullan, J.
Monteiro, C.
Neal, B.
Rayner, M.
Sacks, G.ORCID iD for Sacks, G.
Swinburn, B
Vandevijvere, S.
Walker, C.
Journal name Obesity reviews
Volume number 14
Issue number Supplement S1
Start page 120
End page 134
Total pages 15
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2013-10
ISSN 1467-7881
Keyword(s) INFORMAS
non-communicable diseases
trade agreements
Summary The liberalization of international trade and foreign direct investment through multilateral, regional and bilateral agreements has had profound implications for the structure and nature of food systems, and therefore, for the availability, nutritional quality, accessibility, price and promotion of foods in different locations. Public health attention has only relatively recently turned to the links between trade and investment agreements, diets and health, and there is currently no systematic monitoring of this area. This paper reviews the available evidence on the links between trade agreements, food environments and diets from an obesity and non-communicable disease (NCD) perspective. Based on the key issues identified through the review, the paper outlines an approach for monitoring the potential impact of trade agreements on food environments and obesity/NCD risks. The proposed monitoring approach encompasses a set of guiding principles, recommended procedures for data collection and analysis, and quantifiable 'minimal', 'expanded' and 'optimal' measurement indicators to be tailored to national priorities, capacity and resources. Formal risk assessment processes of existing and evolving trade and investment agreements, which focus on their impacts on food environments will help inform the development of healthy trade policy, strengthen domestic nutrition and health policy space and ultimately protect population nutrition.
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
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