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Position statements

The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) develops position statements on evidence-based policy solutions to address the growing incidence of chronic disease attributable to overweight and obesity, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity.

Obesity and chronic disease

​Overweight and obesity increases risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and 13 types of cancer. But around one-third of chronic disease burden could be reduced by addressing modifiable risk factors, including obesity, poor diet and physical inactivity.

Protecting children from marketing of unhealthy food and drinks 

ACDPA recommends protecting children by restricting the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages, including legislating to implement time-based restrictions (up to 9.00pm) on unhealthy food marketing on free-to-air television when the greatest number of children are likely to be watching, independent of whether the programs are designated as children’s programs. Link to detailed evidence statement.

Health levy on sugar-sweetened beverages 

ACDPA recommends the introduction of a health levy on sugar-sweetened beverages (sugary drinks), as part of a comprehensive approach to decreasing overweight and obesity. A health levy has the potential to reduce consumption and potentially prevent thousands of cases of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke over 25 years.

Implementing an integrated, cost-effective approach to chronic disease prevention (NVDPA)

We strongly support an integrated approach to detect and prevent vascular and related diseases in Australian general (medical) practice.

Nutrition labelling on restaurant menus 

ACDPA supports nutrition labelling on menus at fast food and snack food chain outlets to provide consumers with the information they need to make healthier choices when eating out.

Alcohol and chronic disease prevention 

Alcohol consumption, especially at high levels, can increase the risk of weight gain and a range of chronic diseases, including stroke and some cancers. ACDPA recommends that people limit or avoid drinking alcohol to reduce their risk of developing chronic disease.

Alcohol pricing and taxation 

Increasing the price of alcohol through taxation is one of the most effective ways to reduce alcohol consumption and associated harms. Alcohol taxation measures should be implemented as part of a broader range of strategies including restrictions on alcohol advertising and marketing, improved licensing systems and adequate enforcement.

Marketing and promotion of alcohol 

Alcohol marketing and promotion contributes to young people’s attitudes to drinking, starting drinking and drinking at harmful levels. Restrictions on alcohol marketing and promotion are an important intervention to reduce alcohol related harms.

Health information and warning labels on alcohol 

Alcohol product labelling provides an opportunity to inform consumers about the safe use of alcohol and its potential harms at the point of sale or consumption, to assist decision making about consumption.

Alcohol supply 

There is a strong, consistent and positive link between alcohol availability and alcohol‐related harms. Liquor control legislation should be based on alcohol harm minimisation principles and should be exempt from the requirements of National Competition Policy.

 

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