Current Obesity Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 220–226 | Cite as

Australia’s Progress in Improving Diets and Preventing Obesity: Clear Opportunities for Action

  • Jane MartinEmail author
Obesity Prevention (A Must, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Obesity Prevention


Purpose of Review

Australia, like other developed countries, has a high prevalence of overweight and obesity, in both adults and children. This review examines progress in food policy in Australia, particularly at a national level, around key policy domains as well as in relation to public education.

Recent Findings

Australia lacks a national nutrition strategy or an obesity prevention strategy, incorporating best practice recommendations to improve diets. Examination of current progress shows patchy implementation of key food policy initiatives and significant gaps, particularly at the federal level.


In the absence of a long-term strategic approach, the response of the federal government has been ad hoc around the adoption of key policies and funding for programs to improve what Australians eat. Consensus around a platform for obesity prevention for national action, including food policy, is building from public health, academic and consumer groups.


Food policy Obesity Prevention 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Jane Martin declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


The views within this article are solely those of the author and not those of the Australian New Zealand Obesity Society.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cancer Council VictoriaMelbourneAustralia

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