Government Action on Diabetes Prevention: Time to Try Something New

Medical Journal of Australia, Vol. 202, No. 1, pp. 578-581, 2015

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 15/51

5 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2015

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Jenny Kaldor

The University of Sydney Law School

Roger Magnusson

The University of Sydney Law School

Stephen Colagiuri

University of Sydney - Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders

Date Written: June 16, 2015

Abstract

Type 2 diabetes mellitus, driven by overweight and obesity linked to unhealthy diets, is the fastest growing non-communicable disease in Australia. Halting the rise of diabetes will require a paradigm shift from personal to shared responsibility, with greater accountability from Australian governments and the food industry. It will also require governments to try something different to the prevailing approaches emphasising education and the provision of information. We propose four priority areas where government regulation could strengthen Australia’s response. Those areas relate to mandatory front-of-pack food labelling, regulating junk food advertising, better oversight of food reformulation and taxing sugar-sweetened beverages.

Keywords: Public health law, Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), Diabetes, regulation, health policy

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32

Suggested Citation

Kaldor, Jenny and Magnusson, Roger and Colagiuri, Stephen, Government Action on Diabetes Prevention: Time to Try Something New (June 16, 2015). Medical Journal of Australia, Vol. 202, No. 1, pp. 578-581, 2015, Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 15/51, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2619444

Jenny Kaldor (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Roger Magnusson

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Stephen Colagiuri

University of Sydney - Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders ( email )

Charles Perkins Centre, D17
The University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006
Australia

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