Journal article

Benchmarking government action for obesity prevention-An innovative advocacy strategy

J Martin, A Peeters, S Honisett, H Mavoa, B Swinburn, A de Silva-Sanigorski

Obesity Research and Clinical Practice | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2014


BACKGROUND: Successful obesity prevention will require a leading role for governments, but internationally they have been slow to act. League tables of benchmark indicators of action can be a valuable advocacy and evaluation tool. OBJECTIVE: To develop a benchmarking tool for government action on obesity prevention, implement it across Australian jurisdictions and to publicly award the best and worst performers. DESIGN: A framework was developed which encompassed nine domains, reflecting best practice government action on obesity prevention: whole-of-government approaches; marketing restrictions; access to affordable, healthy food; school food and physical activity; food in public facilities..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the contribution of the key informants involved in assessing their jurisdiction. A. P. is supported by a Vic Health fellowship. A.d.S.-S. is supported by the Jack Brockhoff foundation.