CHF has consistently advocated123 for a national, whole-of-society obesity strategy. This is because recent reports show that years of public education campaigns have failed to reverse the rise in obesity, showing that it is well past time for individual-oriented prevention to become a priority. Most alarming is the rising rate of childhood obesity, which indicates a future where health levels and life expectancy will decline.
In this submission, CHF urges the Committee to address the multiple influences - access, affordability, time, marketing - that determine daily choices and individual behaviour. Regulatory changes such as taxes can make the healthier choices more appealing and help to modify unhealthy behaviours that are known to be linked to obesity.