Prevention news wrap: 9 March 2018

By Helen Signy, Senior Communications Officer

Aldi and IGA score low in obesity prevention efforts, supermarket report card shows

The Sydney Morning Herald: Aldi and IGA have received extremely low scores in a new study that assessed the efforts being made by Australia’s top supermarkets to help tackle the obesity crisis, according to an analysis by  [Associate Professor Gary Sacks] at Deakin University’s Global Obesity Centre.

Weight gain core to new national pregnancy guidelines

The Sydney Morning Herald: Weight gain for would-be mothers is a key focus of the federal government’s new national medical guidelines for pregnancy.

Tobacco retail density: still the new frontier in tobacco control

MJA: Reducing the number of tobacco sellers would make it easier for smokers to quit.

Minimum price on alcohol in the NT will likely reduce harm

The Conversation: There is a wealth of international evidence that a minimum floor price for alcohol is effective, but there are also downsides to such a policy.

Nestle wipes ‘4.5’ health star rating off flagship Milo product

The Sydney Morning Herald: Long accused of exploiting a loophole, Nestle has bowed to pressure and announced it will remove the 4.5 health star rating splashed on Milo.

British Health Department to put whole country on a diet Public Health England has suggested the average daily calorie intake be cut by 20 per cent in an attempt to reduce the estimated $9 billion future cost of obesity and up to 35,000 premature deaths.

Regulation of Food Advertising to Children in Six Jurisdictions: A Framework for Analyzing and Improving the Performance of Regulatory Instruments

The Lancet Public Health: This paper analyses regulatory controls on food marketing in six jurisdictions—the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Canada, and Quebec— with the aim of evaluating whether regulation in each jurisdiction exhibits the features of an effective, transparent, and accountable regulatory regime.

Groundhog day as vapers try to talk their way into our smokefree public places

Croakey: Professor Simon Chapman cites a range of evidence which demonstrates that both primary and secondary exposure to vaping can pose serious health risks.

The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – community

The Guardian: Frome in Somerset has seen a dramatic fall in emergency hospital admissions since it began a collective project to combat isolation.

Paternalism is compromising the health of Indigenous women

The Mandarin: Dr Vanessa Lee applies a lens of political determinants of health to illuminate policy failure for Indigenous women and their communities, and calls for the government to be held accountable to the outcomes of generations of harmful policy.