7 December 2015
The 2010 ACE-Prevention study funded by the National Health and
Medical Research Council is described as, "the largest and most
rigorous evaluation of preventative strategies undertaken anywhere
in the world." It found that a 10 per cent tax on unhealthy
non-core foods would lead to substantial health gain and
considerable future cost savings by averting treatment of
The WHO also recognises the influence of price on food choices
and supports a fiscal approach.
Examples of other preventative measures include better labelling
on food packaging and public education programs. There is evidence
to suggest that education programs can have a positive impact on
physical activity levels.
RACS believes a combination of preventative measures and
an increase in the availability of treatment options for those who
are already obese is the most effective way to address obesity.
Evidence suggests that taking steps to maintain a healthy weight
and lifestyle throughout life is one of the most important ways to
protect against many types of cancer and a range of other