Obesity - Stopping the rise of an epidemic
Levels of obesity are rising around the world and are one of the leading risk factors for developing chronic diseases. One in two Australians are living with a chronic illness, and one in four are already living with two or more chronic conditions.
Obesity is a complex problem, caused by many inter-connected factors including genetics, our environment and our access to, as well as affordability and awareness of healthier choices. Obesity has long been seen as a personal choice, and the responsibility for action has mainly been placed on the individual. It is however not enough to focus on individual behaviour change, without taking into account the environment that supports or inhibits that change.
More needs to be done on prevention to make it easier for individuals to make healthier choices, and to increase their activity level. Although Australia has been a model example of policy on tobacco control, a recent report by the Foundation for Alcohol and Research and Education found that more needs to be done to reduce alcohol consumption, improve physical activity and nutrition in Australia. More effective prevention initiatives are crucial to reduce obesity, and chronic diseases are vital, particularly for children's and adolescent health.
In this challenge, we would like to facilitate a discussion on how Australia can improve its prevention initiatives regarding obesity, nutrition and physical activity. From your point of view and/or expertise, what needs to change to introduce better interventions to fight obesity, improve physical activity and nutrition?
- How can levels of obesity, physical activity and nutrition be improved across all age groups in Australia?
- What is already working?
Regarding policy changes:
- Should there be a higher tax on alcohol and unhealthy foods?
- Should there rather be subsidies for nutritious foods?
- Is it time to introduce a sugar tax?
- Should schools introduce mandatory daily physical activity?
Challenge Opened: 05:04 AM, Thursday 30 August 2018
Challenge Closes: 01:30 PM, Wednesday 12 September 2018
Time to go: Closed