Journal article

The Modelled Population Obesity-Related Health Benefits of Reducing Consumption of Discretionary Foods in Australia.

Anita Lal, Anna Peeters, Vicki Brown, Phuong Nguyen, Huong Ngoc Quynh Tran, Tan Nguyen, Utsana Tonmukayakul, Gary Sacks, Hanny Calache, Jane Martin, Marj Moodie, Jaithri Ananthapavan

Nutrients | MDPI AG | Published : 2020


Over one third of Australians' daily energy intake is from discretionary foods and drinks. While many health promotion efforts seek to limit discretionary food intake, the population health impact of reductions in the consumption of different types of discretionary foods (e.g., sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), confectionery, sweet biscuits) has not been quantified. This study estimated the potential reductions in body weight, obesity-related disease incidence, and healthcare cost savings associated with consumption of one less serving per week of different discretionary foods. Reductions in the different types of discretionary food were modelled individually to estimate the impact on energy..

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