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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.; Hawkes, C.; Kelly, B.; Kumanyika, S.; L’Abbé, M.; Lee, A.; Lobstein, T.; Ma, J.; Macmullan, J.; Mohan, S.; Monteiro, C.; Neal, B.; Rayner, M.; Sanders, D.; Snowdon, W.; Vandevijvere, S.; Friel, Sharon

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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)...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSacks, G.
dc.contributor.authorSwinburn, B.
dc.contributor.authorKraak, V.
dc.contributor.authorDowns, S.
dc.contributor.authorWalker, C.
dc.contributor.authorBarquera, S.
dc.contributor.authorHawkes, C.
dc.contributor.authorKelly, B.
dc.contributor.authorKumanyika, S.
dc.contributor.authorL’Abbé, M.
dc.contributor.authorLee, A.
dc.contributor.authorLobstein, T.
dc.contributor.authorMa, J.
dc.contributor.authorMacmullan, J.
dc.contributor.authorMohan, S.
dc.contributor.authorMonteiro, C.
dc.contributor.authorNeal, B.
dc.contributor.authorRayner, M.
dc.contributor.authorSanders, D.
dc.contributor.authorSnowdon, W.
dc.contributor.authorVandevijvere, S.
dc.contributor.authorFriel, Sharon
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-23T00:53:26Z
dc.date.available2014-05-23T00:53:26Z
dc.identifier.issn1467-7881
dc.identifier.other1467-789X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/11705
dc.description.abstractPrivate-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.
dc.format11 pages
dc.publisherWiley
dc.rights© 2013 The Authors. Obesity Reviews published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes. From publishre's PDF
dc.sourceObesity Reviews 14 .Suppl. 1 (2013): 38–48
dc.subjectINFORMAS
dc.subjectnon-communicable diseases
dc.subjectobesity prevention
dc.subjectprivate sector
dc.titleA proposed approach to monitor private-sector policies and practices related to food environments, obesity and non-communicable disease prevention
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume14
dc.date.issued2013-09-17
local.identifier.absfor111799 - Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5427758xPUB57
local.publisher.urlhttp://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/index.html
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationFriel, Sharon, ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/ft0991462
local.bibliographicCitation.issueS1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage38
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage48
local.identifier.doi10.1111/obr.12074
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T03:47:13Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84885108189
local.identifier.thomsonID000325076200004
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