Obesity in Australia: Prevalence update
A recent paper published by GLOBE researchers in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice reported the prevalence and trends for overweight and obesity in Australia and critiqued the quality of available data. The measured data found that 63.4% of Australian adults and 27.6% of children were overweight or obese in 2014/15. Tasmania had the highest observed adult prevalence of obesity (32.3%) and of overweight and obesity combined (67.5%). The Australian Capital Territory had the lowest observed prevalence of obesity (23.9%) and of overweight and obesity combined (63.0%).

Oliver Huse, Janitha Hettiarachchi, Emma Gearon, Melanie Nichols, Steven Allender and Anna Peeters 2017, Obesity in Australia, Obesity Research & Clinical Practice

Congratulating Dr Jane Martin on being awarded an honorary doctorate at Deakin University
Jane Martin is the Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition, a partnership between the Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE), the Cancer Council of Victoria, Diabetes Victoria and VicHealth. All of us at GLOBE are delighted to congratulate Dr Jane Martin on being awarded of an honorary doctorate at Deakin University, in recognition of her significant and sustained contribution to public health and her evidence-based advocacy for policies to prevent obesity in Australia. Jane is an inspiring and tireless advocate and we are proud to call her a friend and colleague.
Jane has worked in tobacco control for 20 years, commencing with Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Australia, as well as the role of Policy Manager with Quit Victoria. Jane has extensive experience in public health advocacy and policy development, and in building the evidence to supporting legislative and policy reforms. She has published papers on tobacco and obesity policy reform issues and has presented at national and international public health conferences.

GLOBE 2017 Annual Report 

The Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE) 2017 Annual report is now available.

The report is available here

Inside our food and beverage manufacturers: Assessment of company policies and commitments related to obesity prevention and nutrition. A first-of-its-kind project, led by GLOBE researcher Gary Sacks and co-ordinated by Ella Robinson, assessed Australian food and beverage manufactures on their policies and commitments related to obesity prevention and nutrition. The report, launched on 26 March 2018, assessed company policies across six key public health action areas, including marketing to children, product formulation and nutrition labelling, and identified priority recommendations across the sector. The report identified there is considerable room for improvement for all companies.

 

Inside our Supermarkets: Assessment of company policies and commitments related to obesity prevention and nutrition. A first-of-its-kind project, led by GLOBE researcher Gary Sacks and co-ordinated by Ella Robinson, assessed Australia’s leading supermarket chains (Woolworths, Coles, ALDI and IGA) on their policies and commitments related to obesity prevention and nutrition. The report, launched on 26 February 2018, assessed company policies across six key public health action areas, including marketing to children, product formulation and nutrition labelling, and identified priority recommendations across the sector.

 

GLOBE in the Portland SEA Change ‘Celebrate’ Newsletter

Portland’s SEA Change ‘celebrate’ newsletter 9 is now available. Ongoing efforts of GLOBE and several other community organisations help to make Portland  a community where it is easy to eat healthy food and be active. It is great to see this benefit all Portland people, young and old.

See newsletter here

 

GLOBE and the WHO STOPS Childhood Obesity Partner Newsletter

The first partner update of the WHO STOPS Childhood Obesity grant (WHO STOPS) is now available. The Chief and Associate Investigators met on 11 August 2017 to receive an update on the grant progress to date and identify, discuss and resolve, where necessary, any challenges the operational team is encountering. This update is designed to be not only a summary of that meeting, but also a snapshot of the WHO STOPS work to date, to ensure all partners are aware of achievements and future steps.

See newsletter here

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GLOBE at the 15th World Congress on Public Health

Ending the rise in obesity in a generation: the case for primordial prevention

Wednesday 5 April 2017, 1600 – 1800, Plenary Hall 3

See flyer here

 

Tipping the Scales: A critical call for action to halt obesity and save Australian lives

Led by the Global Obesity Centre and the Obesity Policy Coalition, thirty-five leading community, public health, medical and academic groups have united for the first time to call for urgent Federal Government action to address Australia’s serious obesity problem.

Sixty-three per cent of Australian adults and 27 per cent of our children are overweight or obese, but there’s still no national strategy to tackle our obesity problem. In the ground-breaking new action plan, Tipping the Scales, the agencies identify eight practical actions to improve wellbeing, bring vital benefits to the economy and set Australians up for a healthier future.

Learn more at opc.org.au/tippingthescales or join the push on social media via #TippingtheScales

 

National media coverage of the Food Policy Index

Congratulations to Gary Sacks and his team for the excellent work on the Food Policy Index (full details at http://www.foodpolicyindex.org.au/). For those who have not seen it, it is an extremely thorough, consultative and rigorous assessment of current state and federal government policies for obesity prevention. There was excellent national coverage of this project, from ABC  to The Project; Monday 20th February 2017. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-20/four-things-australia-could-do-to-tackle-the-obesity-crisis/8285280)

Special thanks to the steering committee and project partners who helped make this launch so successful, with particular thanks to Jane Martin for co-hosting such a great media presence.

 

Endocrine Today

Review: intentional weight loss improves daytime sleepiness

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 9coach

Always feel tired? Losing weight could help beat daytime sleepiness

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Tempo, MetroNews, Australia plus Indonesia (article in Indonesian)

Penurunan Berat Badan Bisa Mengurangi Kantuk Berlebihan
(Weight Loss Can Reduce Excessive Sleepiness)

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A WCRF letter of support against surveillance and intimidation of Mexican Public Health Leaders

http://www.wcrf.org/sites/default/files/Plana-Reforma-Carta-a-EPN-Comunidad-International.pdf