Private Sector Policies and Actions
Private-sector organizations play a critical role in shaping the food environments of individuals and populations. Business Impact Assessment for Obesity (BIA Obesity) is a step-wise approach to data collection is recommended for INFORMAS:
- The first (‘minimal’) step is the collation of publicly available food and nutrition-related policies of selected private-sector organisations.
- The second (‘expanded’) step assesses the nutritional composition of each organisation’s products, their promotions to children, their labelling practices, and the accessibility, availability and affordability of their products.
- The third (‘optimal’) step includes data on other commercial activities that may influence food environments, such as political lobbying and corporate philanthropy.
Dr Gary Sacks
Senior Research Fellow
Faculty of Health, Deakin Population Health SRC, Melbourne Burwood Campus,
Email: Dr Gary Sacks
A proposed approach to monitor private-sector policies and practices related to food environments, obesity and non-communicable disease prevention (pages 38–48) G. Sacks, B. Swinburn, V. Kraak, S. Downs, C. Walker, S. Barquera, S. Friel, C. Hawkes, B. Kelly, S. Kumanyika, M. L’Abbé, A. Lee, T. Lobstein, J. Ma, J. Macmullan, S. Mohan, C. Monteiro, B. Neal, M. Rayner, D. Sanders, W. Snowdon, S. Vandevijvere and INFORMAS
Read the INFORMAS paper online here