Publications by Year

Publications by Year

The publications are categorised by year. Select a tab to access the corresponding publications.

Recine, E., da Silva, A. C. F., Sugai, A., Gentil, P., & de Castro Junior, P. C. (2023). Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) Brazil – Final Report.
Kelly, B., Backholer, K., Boyland, E., Kent, M. P., Bragg, M. A., Karupaiah, T., & Ng, S. (2023). Contemporary Approaches for Monitoring Food Marketing to Children to Progress Policy Actions. Current Nutrition Reports.
D’Souza, E., Vandevijvere, S., & Swinburn, B. (2022). The healthiness of New Zealand school food environments: a national survey. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 46(3), 325–331.

Trübswasser U, Candel J, Genye T, et al. (2022). Benchmarking policy goals and actions for healthy food environments in Ethiopia to prevent malnutrition in all its forms using document analysis. BMJ Open.12:e058480. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2021-058480

Trübswasser U, Talsma EF, Ekubay S, Poelman MP, Holdsworth M, Feskens EJM and Baye K (2022). Factors Influencing Adolescents’ Dietary Behaviors in the School and Home Environment in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Front. Public Health 10:861463. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.861463

Manga, J., Diouf, A., Vandevijvere, S., Diagne, M., Kwadjode, K., Dossou, N., . . . Moubarac, J. (2022). Evaluation and prioritisation of actions on food environments to address the double burden of malnutrition in Senegal: Perspectives from a national expert panel. Public Health Nutrition, 25(8), 2043-2055. doi:10.1017/S1368980022000702

Lee, A. J., Patay, D., Summons, S., Lewis, M., Herron, L.-M., Nona, F., Canuto, C., Ferguson, M., Twist, A. (2022) “Cost and affordability of healthy, equitable and more sustainable diets in the Torres Strait Islands.” ANZJPH.

Leu J, Tay Z, van Dam RM, Müller-Riemenschneider F, Lean MEJ, Nikolaou CK, Rebello SA. “You know what, I’m in the trend as well” – Understanding the inter-play between digital and real-life social influences on the food and activity choices of young adults. Public Health Nutr. 2022 Feb 21:1-50. doi: 10.1017/S1368980022000398. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35184791. 

Seah SSY, van Dam RM, Tai BC, Tay Z, Wang MC, Rebello SA. An evaluation of the healthier dining programme effects on university student and staff choices in Singapore: A cluster-randomized trial. Food Policy, 2022 107, 102211.

Tan JY, Ong SG, Teng A, Ng B, Yao J, Luo N, Rebello SA. Perspectives of Adult Singaporeans toward Potential Policies to Reduce the Consumption of Sugar Sweetened Beverages-A Cross-Sectional Study. Nutrients. 2021 Nov 25;13(12):4231. doi: 10.3390/nu13124231. PMID: 34959783; PMCID: PMC8706143.

Lewis, M., McNaughton, S. A., Rychetnik, L., Chatfield, M. D., and Lee, A. J. (2021) “Dietary intake, cost, and affordability by socioeconomic group in Australia.” International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, 18(24), p. 13315. doi:10.3390/ijerph182413315

Lewis, M., McNaughton, S. A., Rychetnik, L. and Lee, A. J. (2021). “Cost and affordability of healthy, equitable and sustainable diets in low socioeconomic groups in Australia.” Nutrients 13(8): 2900. doi:10.3390/nu13082900

Lee, A., Patay, D., Herron, L-M, Tan, R.C., Nicoll, E., Fredericks, B., Lewis, M. (2021) “Affordability of Heathy, Equitable and More Sustainable Diets in Low-Income Households in Brisbane before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Nutrients 13(12): 4386. doi:10.3390/nu13124386

Zorbas, C., Brooks, R., Bennett, R., Lee, A. J., Marshall, J., Naughton, S., Lewis, M., Peeters, A., Backholer, K. (2021) “Costing recommended (healthy) and current (unhealthy) diets in urban and inner regional areas of Australia using remote price collection methods.” Public Health Nutrition p. 1-26. doi: 10.1017/S1368980021004006.

Lee, A. J., Patay, D., Herron, L.-M., Parnell Harrison, E., Lewis, M. (2021) “Affordability of current, and healthy, more equitable, sustainable diets by area of socioeconomic disadvantage and remoteness in Queensland: insights into food choice.” Int. J. Equity Health, 20(1), 153. doi:10.1186/s12939-021-01481-8

Dia, O.E.W., Løvhaug, A.L., Rukundo, P.M. et al. Mapping of outdoor food and beverage advertising around primary and secondary schools in Kampala city, Uganda. BMC Public Health 21, 707 (2021).

Shen, S., Mackay, S., Lee, A., Ni Mhurchu, C., Sherif, A., & Eyles, H. (2021). Impact of a voluntary industry code for advertising food to children and young people: An analysis of New Zealand television data. Public Health Nutrition, 1-11. doi:10.1017/S1368980021004705

Elorriaga N, Moyano DL, López MV, Cavallo AS, Gutierrez L, Panaggio CB, Irazola V. Urban Retail Food Environments: Relative Availability and Prominence of Exhibition of Healthy vs. Unhealthy Foods at Supermarkets in Buenos Aires, Argentina. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(3):944.

Elorriaga N, Moyano DL, Cavallo AS, Gutierrez L, Panaggio CB, López MV, Irazola V. Entornos alimentarios en los locales de venta de alimentos. Disponibilidad y visibilidad de los alimentos saludables vs no saludables en supermercados de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires: Instituto de Efectividad Clínica y Sanitaria (IECS), February 2021. Technical report [Spanish].

Von Philipsborn, P., Geffert, K., Klinger, C., Hebestreit, A., Stratil, J., & Rehfuess, E. (2021). Nutrition policies in Germany: A systematic assessment with the Food Environment Policy Index. Public Health Nutrition, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S1368980021004742

Batis, C., Marrón-Ponce, J.A., Stern, D. Vandevijvere, S., Barquera, S. & Rivera, JA. Adoption of healthy and sustainable diets in Mexico does not imply higher expenditure on food. Nat Food 2, 792–801 (2021).

Kidd BMackay SVandevijvere S, Swinburn B. Cost and greenhouse gas emissions of current, healthy, flexitarian and vegan diets in Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Cruz-Casarrubias, C., Tolentino-Mayo, L., Vandevijvere, S. Barquera, S. Estimated effects of the implementation of the Mexican warning labels regulation on the use of health and nutrition claims on packaged foods. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 18, 76 (2021).

Laar A, Kelly B, Holdsworth M, Quarpong W, Aryeetey R, Amevinya GS, Tandoh A, Agyemang C, Zotor F, Laar ME, Mensah K, Laryea D, Asiki G, Pradeilles R, Sellen D, L’Abbe MR and Vandevijvere S (2021) Providing Measurement, Evaluation, Accountability, and Leadership Support (MEALS) for Non-communicable Diseases Prevention in Ghana: Project Implementation Protocol. Front. Nutr. 8:644320. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2021.644320

Mackay, S., Garton, K., Gerritsen, S., Sing, F., Swinburn, B. (2021). How healthy are Aotearoa New Zealand’s food environments? Assessing the impact of recent food policies 2018-2021. The University of Auckland. Report

Lewis, M. and Lee, A. J. (2020) “Affording health during the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic downturn.” Aust N Z J Public Health 44 (6), 519-520 DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.13045.
Zorbas, C., Lee, A. J., Peeters, A., Lewis, M., Landrigan, T., Backholer, K. (2020) “Streamlined data-gathering techniques to estimate the price and affordability of healthy and unhealthy diets under different pricing scenarios.” Public Health Nutrition 1-11.
Lee, A. J., Kane, S., Herron, L., Matsuyama, M., Lewis, M. (2020) “A tale of two cities: the cost, price-differential and affordability of current and healthy diets in Sydney and Canberra, Australia.” Int. J. of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity 17(1), 80. doi: 10.1186/s12966-020-00981-0
Sacks, G., Kwon, J., Vandevijvere, S. & Swinburn, B. (2020). Benchmarking as a Public Health Strategy for Creating Healthy Food Environments: An Evaluation of the INFORMAS Initiative (2012–2020). Annual Review of Public Health, 42(1) DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-100919-114442

Calderon, A.A., Vandevijvere, S., Ramirez-Zea, M. & Kroker, F. (2020). Lack of nutrient declarations and low nutritional quality of pre-packaged foods sold in Guatemalan supermarkets. Public Health Nutrition, 23(13):2280-2289. doi:10.1017/S1368980020000336

Cosenza, L., Rez, A.M-J., Ramirez-Zea, M., Vandevijvere, S. & Kroker, F. (2020). Overabundance of unhealthy food advertising targeted to children on Guatemalan television. Health Promotion International, 35(6):1331-1340. DOI:

Ng. S.H., Sacks, G., Kelly, B., Yeatman, H., Robinson, E., Swinburn, B., Vandevijvere, S., Chinna, K., Ismail, M.N. & Karupaiah, T. (2020). Benchmarking the transparency, comprehensiveness and specificity of population nutrition commitments of major food companies in Malaysia. Globalization and Health, 16, 35. DOI:

Tay, Z., Whitton, C., van Dam, R., Chia, K.S., Swinburn, B., Vandevijvere, S. & Rebello, S.A. (2020). Identifying implementation gaps and priorities for the Singapore government to improve food environment policies: perspectives from a local expert panel. Public Health Nutrition, 1-8. DOI:doi:10.1017/S1368980020003468

Mialon, M., Crosbie, E. & Sacks, G. Mapping of food industry strategies to influence public health policy, research and practice in South Africa. (2020). International Journal of Public Health, 65(Suppl 2):1027–1036. DOI:

Mialon, M., Corvalan, C., Cediel, G. Scagliusi, F.B. & Reyes, M. (2020). Food industry political practices in Chile: “the economy has always been the main concern”. Globalization and Health, 16, 107. DOI:

Mialon, M., Gaitan, D., Cediel, G. Crosbie, E., Scagliusi, F.B. & Perez, E.M. (2020). “The architecture of the state was transformed in favour of the interests of companies”: corporate political activity of the food industry in Colombia. Globalization and Health, 16, 97. DOI:

Laar, A., Kelly, B., Holdsworth, M., Quarpong, W., Aryeetey, R., Amevinya, G., Tandoh, A., Charles, A., Zotor, F., Laar, M.E., Mensah, K., LAryea, D., Asiki, G., Pradeilles, R., Sellen, D., L’Abbe, M. & Vandevijvere, S. (2020). Providing Measurement, Evaluation, Accountability, and Leadership Support for NCDs Prevention in Ghana: Adapting the INFORMAS Approach. Preprint

Sacks, G., Robinson, E., Cameron, A.J., Vanderlee, L., Vandevijvere, S. & Swinburn, B. (2020). Benchmarking the Nutrition-Related Policies and Commitments of Major Food Companies in Australia, 2018. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,  17(17):6118. DOI:

Laar, A., Barnes, A., Aryeetey, R., Tandoh, A., Bash, K., Mensah, K., Zotor, F., Vandevijvere, S., Holdsworth, M. (2020) Implementation of healthy food environment policies to prevent nutrition-related non-communicable diseases in Ghana: National experts’ assessment of government action. Food Policy, 93, 101907.

Harrington, J., Leydon, C., Twohig, C. & Vandevijvere, S. Policies for tackling obesity and creating healthier food environments in Ireland: Food-EPI 2020. Current policies and priority actions. Cork, School of Public Health, University College Cork 2020. ISBN: 978 1 5262 0846 0

Sacks, G., Schultz, S., Grigsby-Duffy, L., Robinson, E., Orellana, L., Marshall, J., Cameron, A.J. Inside our supermarkets: assessment of the healthiness of Australian supermarkets, Australia 2020. Melbourne: Deakin University, 2020. ISBN: 978-0-7300-0136-8 Link

Gamboa, T., Blanco-Metzler, A., Vandevijvere, S., Ramirez-Zea, M. & Kroker, F. (2019). Nutritional Content According to the Presence of Front of Package Marketing Strategies: The Case of Ultra-Processed Snack Food Products Purchased in Costa Rica. Nutrients, 11(11), 2738. doi:

Karupaiah T, Ng SH, Sacks G, Kelly B, Swinburn B, Yeatman H, Robinson E, Chinna, K, Ismail MN & Vandevijvere S. Benchmarking Food Industry Commitments to Create a Healthier Food Environment: Business Impact Assessment (BIA) – Obesity Malaysia 2019. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia, 2019. pp. 1-180.

Karupaiah T, Ng SH, Sacks G, Kelly B, Swinburn B, Yeatman H, Robinson E, Chinna, K, Ismail MN & Vandevijvere S. Benchmarking Food Industry Commitments to Create a Healthier, Food Environment: Business Impact Assessment (BIA) – Obesity Malaysia 2019 – Executive Summary. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia, 2019.

Vandevijvere, S., Mackay, S., D’Souza, E., & Swinburn, B. (2019). The first INFORMAS national food environments and policies survey in New Zealand: A blueprint country profile for measuring progress on creating healthy food environments. Obesity Reviews, Supplement Article, 1–20. DOI: 10.1111/obr.12850

Mackay, S., Ni Mhurchu, C., Swinburn, B., Eyles, H., Young, L., & Gontijo de Castro, T.(2019). State of the Food Supply New Zealand 2019. Auckland, New Zealand:

Vandevijvere S, Williams R, Tawfiq E, Swinburn B. A food environments feedback system (FoodBack) for empowering citizens and change agents to create healthier community food places. Health Promotion International. 2019;34(2): 277-290.

Sacks, G., Vanderlee, L., Robinson. E., Vandevijvere, S., Cameron, A.J., Ni Mhurchu, C., Lee, A., … Swinburn, B. (2019). BIA‐Obesity (Business Impact Assessment—Obesity and population‐level nutrition): A tool and process to assess food company policies and commitments related to obesity prevention and population nutrition at the national level. Obesity Reviews, 1-12.

Dunford,K.E., Ni Mhurchu, C., Huang, L., Vandevijvere, S., Swinburn, B., Pravst, I., … Neal, B.C. (2019). A comparison of the healthiness of packaged foods and beverages from 12 countries using the Health Star Rating nutrient profiling system, 2013-2018. Obesity Reviews, 1-9.

Kasture, A., Vandevijivere, S., Robinson, E., Sacks, G., Swinburn, B. (2019). Benchmarking the commitments related to population nutrition and obesity prevention of major food companies in New Zealand. International Journal of Public Health, 1-11.

Kanter, R., Reyes, M., Vandevijvere, S., Swinburn, B., & Corvalán, C. (2019). Anticipatory effects of the implementation of the Chilean Law of Food Labeling and Advertising on food and beverage product reformulation. Obesity Reviews, 1-12.

Asiki, G; Wanjohi, M; Barnes, A; Bash, K; Vandevijvere, S, Muthuri S, Kimani E, Holdsworth, M. (2019). Benchmarking policies for creating healthy food environments in Kenya to prevent diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) country scorecards and priority recommendations for action in Kenya.

Laar, A., Barnes, A., Bash, K., Aryeeley, R., Mensah, K., Vandevijvere, S., & Holdsworth, M. (2019). Benchmarking Ghana’s Policies for Creating Healthy Food Environments. doi:10.17608/k6.auckland.8188763

Zamora-Corrales, I., Jensen, M.L., Vandevijvere, s., & Ramírez-Zea, M. (2019). Television food and beverage marketing to children in Costa Rica: current state and policy implications. Public Health Nutrition, 1-12.

Mialon M. & Gomes F. (2019). Public health and the ultra-processed food and drink products industry: corporate political activity of major transnationals in Latin America and the Caribbean. Public Health Nutrition.

Karbasy, K., Vanderlee, L., &  L’Abbé, M. (2019). Supporting healthier food environments in the City of Toronto: Current policies and priority actions. Toronto, Canada: Retrieved from

Karbasy, K., Vanderlee, L., &  L’Abbé, M. (2019). Supporting healthier food environments in the Region of Peel: Current Policies and priority actions. Toronto, Canada: Retrieved from

Karbasy, K., Vanderlee, L., &  L’Abbé, M. (2019). Supporting healthier food environments in the City of Greater Sudbury: Current policies and actions. Toronto, Canada: Retrieved from

Vanderlee, L., Goorang, S., Karbasy, K., Vandevijvere, S. & L’Abbe, M. (2019). Policies to Create Healthier Food Environments in Canada: Experts’ Evaluation and Prioritized Actions Using the Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(22),4473. DOI:

Vanderlee, L., Vergeer, L., Sacks, G., Robinson, E., & L’Abbé, M. (2019). Food and beverage manufacturers in Canada: Policies and commitments to improve the food environment BIA-Obesity Canada 2019. Toronto, Canada: Retrieved from

Neal, B., Sacks, G., Shahid, M., Taylor, F., Huffman, M. The George Institute for Global Health. (2019). FoodSwitch: State of the Food Supply April 2019. Retrieved from

Teresa Correa, T., Reyes, M., Smith Taillie, L.P., & Dillman Carpentier, F.R. (2019).  The prevalence and audience reach of food and beverage advertising on Chilean television according to marketing tactics and nutritional quality of products. Public Health Nutrition, 22(6), 1113-1124.

Kelly, B., Vandevijvere, S., Ng, S., Adams, J., Allemandi, L., Bahena‐Espina, L., …, Swinburn, B. (2019). Global benchmarking of children’s exposure to television advertising of unhealthy foods and beverages across 22 countries. Obesity Reviews This article is part of the upcoming supplement ‘Future Directions on Obesity Prevention’ by the Lancet Commission on Obesity.

Franco-Arellano, B., Min Ah, K., Vandevijvere, S., Bernstein, J.T., Labonté, M., Mulligan, C., & L’Abbé, M.R. (2019). Assessment of Packaged Foods and Beverages Carrying Nutrition Marketing against Canada’s Food Guide Recommendations. Nutrients, 11(2), 411;

Cetthakriku, N., Phulkerd, S., Jaichuen, N., Sacks, G., & Tangcharoensathien, V. (2019). Assessment of the stated policies of prominent food companies related to obesity and non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention in Thailand. Globalization and Health, 15(12), 1-10.

Nieto, C., Rodríguez.E, Sánchez‐Bazán, K., Tolentino‐Mayo, L., Carriedo‐Lutzenkirchen, A., Vandevijvere, S. & Barquera, S. (2019). The INFORMAS healthy food environment policy index (Food‐EPI) in Mexico: An assessment of implementation gaps and priority recommendations. Obesity Review.

Vandevijvere, S., Barquera, S., Caceres, G., Corvalan, C., Karupaiah, T., Kroker-Lobos, M.F., L’Abbé, M., Ng, S., Phulkerd, S., Ramirez-Zea, M., Rebello, S.A., Reyes, M., Sacks, G., Sánchez Nóchez, C.M., Sanchez, K., Sanders, D., Spires, M., Swart, R., Tangcharoensathien, V., Tay, Z., Taylor, A., Tolentino-Mayo, L., Van Dam, R., Vanderlee, L., Watson, F., Whitton, C., Swinburn, B. (2019). An 11-country study to benchmark the implementation of recommended nutrition policies by national governments using the Healthy Food Environment Policy Index, 2015-2018. Obesity Review. doi: 10.1111/obr.12819.

Lee A; Lewis M. Testing the Price of Healthy and Current Diets in Remote Aboriginal Communities to Improve Food Security: Development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healthy Diets ASAP (Australian Standardised Affordability and Pricing) Methods. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Dec 19;15(12). pii: E2912. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122912.

Mialon, M. & Mialon, J. (2018). Analysis of corporate political activity strategies of the food industry: Evidence from France. Public Health Nutrition, 21(18), 3407-3421. doi:10.1017/S1368980018001763

Crino, M., Sacks, G., Dunford, E., Trieu, K., Webster, J., Vandevijvere, S., Swinburn, B., Wu, J.Y. & Neal, B. (2018). Measuring the Healthiness of the Packaged Food Supply in Australia. Nutrients, 10(6), 702. doi:

Love P, Whelan J, Bell C, Grainger F, Russell C, Lewis M, Lee A. Healthy Diets in Rural Victoria-Cheaper than Unhealthy Alternatives, Yet Unaffordable. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2469.

Lee AJ, Kane S, Lewis M, Good E,  Pollard CM, Landrigan TJ and Dick M. Healthy diets ASAP – Australian Standardised Affordability and Pricing methods protocol. Nutrition Journal 2018;17:88. doi: org/10.1186/s12937-018-0396-0

Gupta, P., Mohan, S., Johnson, C., Garg, V., Thout, S.R., Shivashankar, R., Krishnan, A., Neal, B., & Prabhakaran, D. (2018). Stakeholders’ perceptions regarding a salt reduction strategy for India: Findings from qualitative research. PLOS.

Mahesh R, Vandevijvere S, Dominick C, Swinburn B. (2018). Relative contributions of recommended food environment policies to improving population nutrition: Results from a Delphi with international food policy experts. Public Health Nutrition; 21(11):2142-2148. DOI: 10.1017/S1368980018001076

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 2018, Food-Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI): Benchmarking Current Policies and Determining Priorities for Future Policies for the Malaysian Government 2016-2017, UKM Cetak: Bangi, Selangor.

Vandevijvere S, Mackay S, D’Souza E, Swinburn B. How healthy are New Zealand food environments? A comprehensive assessment 2014-2017. The University of Auckland. Auckland, New Zealand.

Vandevijvere, S., Molloy, J., de Medeiros, N.H. & Swinburn, B. Unhealthy food marketing around New Zealand schools: a national study. International Journal of Public Health, 63, 1099–1107. DOI:

Mackay S, Vandevijvere S, Lee A. Ten-year trends in the price differential between healthier and less healthy foods in New Zealand. Nutr Diet. 2018; DOI: 10.1111/1747-0080.12457

Mackay S, Buch T, Vandevijvere S, Xie P, Goodwin R, Korohina E, Funaki-Tahifote M, Lee A, Swinburn B. Cost and affordability of diets modelled on current eating patterns and on dietary guidelines, for New Zealand total population, Māori and Pacific Households. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018;15(6):1255.

Vandevijvere S, Aitken C, Swinburn B. Volume, nature and potential impact of advertisements on Facebook and YouTube by food brands popular in New Zealand. N Z Med J. 2018; Apr 13;131(1473):14-24.

Vandevijvere S, Kasture A, Mackay S, Swinburn B. Food company policies for healthier food environments. Company assessments and recommendations using the Business Impact Assessment on obesity and population nutrition (BIA-Obesity) tool. New Zealand 2017. 2018. The University of Auckland, Auckland.

Vandevijvere S, Young N, Mackay S, Swinburn B, Gahegan M. Modelling the cost differential between healthy and current diets: the New Zealand case study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2018; 15:16;

Vandevijvere S, Mackay S, Swinburn B. Measuring and stimulating progress on implementing widely recommended food environment policies: the New Zealand case study. Health Research Policy and Systems 2018; 16 (3);

Vandevijvere S, Waterlander W, Molloy J, Nattrass H, Swinburn B. Towards healthier supermarkets: a national study of in-store food availability, prominence and promotions in New Zealand. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 01/2018;

R.Kanter, L. Vanderlee, S. Vandevijvere. (2018). Front-of-package nutrition labelling policy: global progress and future directions. Public health Nutrition, 21(8), 1399-1408.

S.Pongutta, P. Chongwatpol, P, Tantayapirak & S. Vandevijvere. (2018). Declaration of nutrition information on and nutritional quality of Thai ready-to eat packaged food products. Public health Nutrition, 21(8), 1409-1417.

Jaichuen, N., Vandevijvere, S., Kelly, B., Vongmongkol, V., Phulkerd, S.,  & Tangcharoensathien, V. (2018).  Unhealthy food and non-alcoholic beverage advertising on children’s, youth and family free-to-air and digital television programmes in Thailand. BMC Public Health. 

Kanter, R., Reyes, M., Swinburn, B., Vandevijvere, S. & Corvalan, C. (2018). The Food Supply Prior to the Implementation of the Chilean Law of Food Labeling and Advertising. Nutrients, 11(1), 52. DOI:

Allemandi L, Castronuovo L, Tiscornia M V, Ponce M, Schoj V. Food advertising on Argentinean television: are ultra-processed foods in the lead? Public Health Nutrition. 2017; 1-9. DOI:10.1017/S1368980017001446

Cauchi D, Reiff S, Knai C, Gauci C, Spiteri J. Television food advertising to children in Malta. Health Promotion International. 2017;32(3):419-429. DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dav105 

Cauchi D, Pliakas T, Knai C. Food environments in Malta: associations with store size and area-level deprivation. Food Policy. 2017; (71): 39-47.

Kanter R, Reyes M, Corvalán C. Photographic methods for measuring packaged food and beverage products in supermarkets. Current Developments in Nutrition. 2017; DOI:

Labonté, M., T. Poon, C. Mulligan, J.T. Bernstein, B. Franco-Arellano, and M.R. L’Abbé. Comparison of global nutrient profiling systems for restricting the commercial marketing of foods and beverages of low nutritional quality to children in Canada. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2017; 106(6).1471-1481. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.117.161356.

Mackay S, Vandevijvere S, Xie P, Lee A, Swinburn S. Paying for convenience: comparing the cost of takeaway meals with their healthier home-cooked counterparts in NZ. Public Health Nutrition. 2017; June 1-8;

Mediano Stoltze F, Barker JO, Kanter R, Corvalán C, Reyes M, Taillie LS, Dillman Carpentier FR. Prevalence of child-directed and general audience marketing strategies on the front of beverage packaging: the case of Chile. Public Health Nutr. 2017:1-11. doi: 10.1017/S1368980017002671.

Mialon M, Mialon J. Corporate political activity of the dairy industry in France: an analysis of publicly available information. Public Health Nutrition. 2017; (13):2432-2439 doi:1017/S1368980017001197

Naidoo N, van Dam RM, Ng S, Tan CS, Chen S, Lim JY, Chan MF, Chew L, Rebello SA. Determinants of eating at local and western fast-food venues in an urban Asian population: a mixed methods approach. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2017 May 25;14(1):69. doi: 10.1186/s12966-017-0515-x. PMID: 28545458; PMCID: PMC5445485.

Nieto C, Rincon-Gallardo Patino S, Tolentino-Mayo L, Carriedo A, Barquera S. Characterization of breakfast cereals available in the Mexican market: Sodium and sugar content. Nutrients. 2017; 16;9(8). pii: E884.; doi: 10.3390/nu9080884

Phulkerd S, Vandevijvere S, Lawrence M, Tangcharoensathien V, Sacks G. Level of implementation of best practice policies for creating healthy food environments: assessment by state and non-state actors in Thailand. Public Health Nutrition. 2017; 20(3):381-390. DOI:10.1017/S1368980016002391

Phulkerd S, Tangcharoensathien V. Policy Brief. Assessing Thai Government’s performance in tackling obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs): Level of implementation of food environment policy & major recommendations. August 2017

Phulkerd S, Sacks G, Vandevijvere S, Worsley A, Lawrence M. Barriers and potential facilitators to the implementation of government policies on front-of-pack food labeling and restriction of unhealthy food advertising in Thailand. Food Policy. 2017;

Ravuvu A, Friel S, Thow A M, Snowdon W, Wate J. Monitoring the impact of trade agreements on national food environments: trade imports and population nutrition risks in Fiji. Globalization and Health. 2017; 13(1) 33.  DOI:  10.1186/s12992-017-0257-1

Ravuvu A, Friel S, Thow A M, Snowdon W, Wate J. Protocol to monitor trade agreement food-related aspects: the Fiji case study. Health Promotion International. 2017; dax020.

Sushil Z, Vandevijvere S, Exeter D, Swinburn B. Food swamps by area socioeconomic deprivation in New Zealand: A national study. International Journal of Public Health. 2017;62(8):869-877. DOI:10.1007/s00038-017-0983-4

Tiscornia MV, Heredia-Blonval K, Allemandi L, Blanco-Metzler A, Ponce M, Montero-Campos MA, Castronuvo L, Schoj V. Sugar content in non-alcoholic beverages marketed in Argentina and Costa Rica. Revista Argent Salud Pública. 2017; 8(30): 20-25.

Vandevijvere S, Mackay S, Swinburn B. Benchmarking Food Environments 2017: Progress by the New Zealand Government on implementing recommended food environment policies and priority recommendations. Report number: ISBN 978-0-473-40555-7, Affiliation: The University of Auckland, DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.33039.28323

Vandevijvere S, Soupen A, Swinburn B. Unhealthy food advertising directed to children on New Zealand television: extent, nature, impact and policy implications. Public Health Nutrition. 2017; 05, DOI:10.1017/S1368980017000775

Vandevijvere S, Mackenzie T, Ni Mhurchu C: Indicators of the relative availability of healthy versus unhealthy foods in supermarkets: A validation study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2017; 14(1):53;

Vandevijvere S, Sagar K, Kelly B, Swinburn B. Unhealthy food marketing to New Zealand children and adolescents through the internet. The New Zealand Medical Journal. 2017; 130(1450):32-43.  DOI: 10.1186/s12966-017-0570-3

Vanderlee L, Goorang S, Karbasy K, Schermel A,  L’Abbe M. Creating healthier food environments in Canada: Current policies and priority actions – Summary report.  Toronto; University of Toronto, 2017. Available at:

  • Al-Ani H H, Devi A, Eyles H, Swinburn B, Vandevijvere S. Nutrition and health claims on healthy and less-healthy packaged food products in New Zealand. British Journal of Nutrition. 2016. doi:
  • Kraak VI, Vandevijvere S, Sacks G, Brinsden H, Hawkes C, Barquera S, Lobstein T, Swinburn BA: Progress achieved in restricting the marketing of high-fat, sugary and salty food and beverage products to children. Bulletin of the World Health Organisation. 04/2016; 94(7), 540-548. Article link
  • Lee A, Kane S, Ramsey R, Good E, Dick M. Testing the price and affordability of healthy and current (unhealthy) diets and the potential impacts of policy change in Australia. BMC Public Health. 2016; 16(315). doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2996-y
  • Martínez Steele E, Baraldi LG, Louzada M L da C, Moubarac JC, Mozaffarian D, Monteiro CA. Ultra-processed foods and added sugars in the US diet: Evidence from a nationally representative cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2016; 6:e009892. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009892
  • Mialon M, Swinburn B, Sacks G. A proposed approach to systematically identify and monitor the corporate activity of the food industry with respect to public health using publicly available information. Obes Rev. 2015; 16(7): 519-530. doi: 10.1111/obr.12289
  • Mialon M, Swinburn B, Wate J, Tukana I, Sacks G. Analysis of the corporate political activity of major food industry actors in Fiji. Glob Health. 2016;12(1):18. doi: 10.1186/s12992-016-0158-8
  • Mialon M, Swinburn B, Allenders S, Sacks G. Systematic examination of publicly-available information reveals the diverse and extensive corporate political activity of the food industry in Australia. BMC Pub Health. 2016; 16(1):283. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2955-7
  • Ni Mhurchu C, Mckenzie T, Vandevijvere S: Protecting New Zealand children from exposure to the marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks: a comparison of three nutrient profiling systems to classify foods. The New Zealand Medical Journal. 09/2016; 129(1441), 41-53. Article link
  • Phulkerd S, Lawrence M, Vandevijvere S, Sacks G, Worsley A, Tangcharoensathien V. A review of methods and tools to assess the implementation of government policies to create healthy food environments for preventing obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases. Implementation Science. 2016; 11(1): 1-13. doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0379-5
  • Rincón-Gallardo Patiño S, Tolentino-Mayo L, Alejandro Flores Monterrubio E, Harris J L, Vandevijvere S, Rivera J A, Barquera S. Nutritional quality of foods and non-alcoholic beverages advertised on Mexican television according to three nutrient profile models. BMC Public Health. 2016; 16:733. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3298-0
  • Sacks G, Vandevijvere S: Poor nutrition-related policies and practices of global food companies under the spotlight. Public Health Nutrition. 03/2016; 19(6), 955-957. doi: 10.1017/S1368980016000549
  • Vandevijvere S, Sushil Z, Exeter DJ, Swinburn B. Obesogenic Retail Food Environments Around New Zealand Schools: A National Study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016; doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.03.013
  • Devi A, Eyles H, Rayner M, Ni Mhurchu C, Swinburn B, Lonsdale-Cooper E, Vandevijvere S. Nutritional quality, labelling and promotion of breakfast cereals on the New Zealand market. Appetite. 2014; 81(1): 253-260, doi:10.1016/j.appet.2014.06.019
  • Ng H, Kelly B, Hee SC, Chinna K, Jamil SM, Shanthi K, Noor IM, Karupaiah T. Obesogenic television food advertising to children in Malaysia: Sociocultural variations. Journal of Global Health Action. 2014, 7: 25169, doi: 10.3402/gha.v7.25169
  • No E, Kelly B, Devi A, Swinburn B, Vandevijvere S. Food references and marketing in popular magazines for children and adolescents in New Zealand.  A content analysis. Appetite. 2014; 83: 75-81, doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.08.013
  • Swinburn, B, Dominick, CH, Vandevijvere, S. Benchmarking food environments: Experts’ Assessments of policy gaps and priorities for the New Zealand Government. Auckland: University of Auckland, 2014. ISBN 978-0-473-29309-3 (Online), ISBN 978-0-473-29283-6 (Print). Report available here
  • Vandevijvere S, Swinburn B. Creating healthy food environments through global benchmarking of government nutrition policies and food industry practices. Archives of Public Health. 2014: 72:7. doi:10.1186/2049-3258-72-7
  • Vandevijvere S, Swinburn B. Reducing childhood overweight and obesity in New Zealand through setting a clear and achievable target. NZMJ. 2014; 127(1406): 10-15. ISSN 1175-8716.
  • Vandevijvere S, D’Souza E, Swinburn B. The potential of citizen engagement and empowerment for obesity prevention in New Zealand. NZMJ. 2014; 127(1406): 98-100. ISSN 1175-8716.
  • Vandevijvere S, Swinburn B. Towards global benchmarking of food environments and policies to reduce obesity and diet-related non-conmmunicable diseases: design and methods for nation-wide surveys. BMJ Open. 2014; 4(5): e005339. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005339
  • Cameron AJ, Sayers SJ, Sacks G, Thornton LE. Do the foods advertised in Australian supermarket catalogues reflect national dietary guidelines? Health Promotion International. 2015; 1-9. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dav089
  • Canella DS, Levy RB, Borletto Martins AP, Claro RM, Moubarac JC, Baraldi LG, Cannon G, Monteiro CA. Ultra-Processed Food Products and Obesity in Brazilian Households (2008–2009). PLOS One. 2014; 9(3): e92752. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092752
  • Charlton EL, Kähkönen LA, Sacks G, Cameron AJ. Supermarkets and unhealthy food marketing: An international comparison of the content of supermarket catalogues/circulars. Preventive Medicine. 2015; 81: 167-173. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.08.023
  • da Costa Louzada ML, Baraldi LG, Steele EM, Borletto Martins AP, Canella DS, Moubarac JC, Levy RB, Cannon G, Afshin A, Imamura F, Mozaffarian D, Monteiro CA.  Consumption of ultra-processed foods and obesity in Brazilian adolescents and adults. Preventive Medicine. 2015; 81: 9-15. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.07.018
  • da Costa Louzada ML, Borletto Martins AP, Canella DS, Baraldi LG, Levy RB, Claro RM, Moubarac JC, Cannon G, Monteiro CA. Ultra-processed foods and the nutritional dietary profile in Brazil. Rev Saúde Pública. 2015; 49: 38. doi: 0.1590/S0034-8910.2015049006132
  • Crino M, Sacks G, Vandevijvere S, Swinburn B, Neal B. The Influence on Population Weight Gain and Obesity of the Macronutrient Composition and Energy Density of the Food Supply. Current Obesity Reports. 2015; 4(1):1-10, doi: 10.1007/s13679-014-0134-7
  • Kelly B, Vandevijvere S, Freeman B, Jenkin G. New media but same old tricks: Food Marketing to children in the digital age. Current Obesity Reports. 2015; 4(1): 37-45, doi: 10.1007/s13679-014-0128-5
  • Mahesh, R. Food Policy Evidence Reviews. Reviews extracted from unpublished Masters thesis: ‘The Relative Contributions of Food Policies to Improving Population Nutrition – Weighting System For The INFORMAS Food-EPI Tool: A Delphi Study’. Masters of Public Health, The University of Auckland, 2015.
  • Mialon M, Swinburn B, Sacks G. A proposed approach to systematically identify and monitor the corporate political activity of the food industry with respect to public health using publicly available information. Obesity Reviews. 2015; 16(7): 519-530, doi: 10.1111/obr.12289
  • Moubarac JC. Ultra-processed products in Latin America: Trends, impact on obesity, policy implications. Report to the Pan American Health Organization. Washington DC: PAHO. Link to publication.
  • Ng SH, Kelly B, Se CH, Sahathevan S, Chinna K, Ismail MN, Karupaiah, T. Reading the mind of children in response to food advertising: A cross-sectional study of Malaysian schoolchildren’s attitudes towards food and beverages advertising on television. BMC Public Health. 2015; 15: 1047. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2392-z
  • Sacks G, Mialon M, Vandevijvere S, Trevena H, Snowdon W, Crino M, Swinburn B. Comparison of food industry policies and commitments on marketing to children and product (re)formulation in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Critical Public Health. 2015; 25(3): 299-319, doi: 10.1080/09581596.2014.946888
  • Swinburn B, Kraak V, Rutter H, Vandevijvere S, Lobstein T, Sacks G, Gomes F, Marsh T, Magnusson R. Strengthening of accountability systems to create healthy food environments and reduce global obesity. The Lancet. 2015; 385(9986): 2534–2545, doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61747-5
  • Vandevijvere S, Swinburn B. Pilot test of the Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) to increase government actions for creating healthy food environments. BMJ Open. 2015; 5(1): e006194. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006194
  • Vandevijvere S, Chow CC, Hall KD, Umali E, Swinburn B. Increased food energy supply as a major driver of the obesity epidemic: A global analysis. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2015; 93(7): 446-456, doi: 10.2471/BLT.14.150565
  • Vandevijvere C, Dominick C, Anandita Devi, Swinburn B. The Healthy Food Environment Policy Index: Findings of an expert panel in New Zealand. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2015; 93(5): 294-302, doi: 10.2471/BLT.14.145540
  • Vandevijvere S, Swinburn B. Time to move beyond industry self-regulation of food marketing in New Zealand. NZMJ.2015; 128(1423):93-94. Article link*
A supplement outlining the strategy for each of the INFORMAS modules has been published online (open access). The series of 12 papers and 2 commentaries gives an informative overview of the project aims, goals and action plans.

INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases, Research, Monitoring and Action Support): rationale, framework and approach. The International Association for the Study of Obesity and Wiley have published the supplement without any financial support.

October 2013, Volume 14, Issue Supplement S1, Pages 1–164

All of the articles can be viewed here

  1. INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support): overview and key principles (pages 1–12) B. Swinburn, G. Sacks, S. Vandevijvere, S. Kumanyika, T. Lobstein, B. Neal, S. Barquera, S. Friel, C. Hawkes, B. Kelly, M. L’Abbé, A. Lee, J. Ma, J. Macmullan, S. Mohan, C. Monteiro, M. Rayner, D. Sanders, W. Snowdon, C. Walker and INFORMAS
  2.  Monitoring policy and actions on food environments: rationale and outline of the INFORMAS policy engagement and communication strategies (pages 13–23) H. Brinsden, T. Lobstein, J. Landon, V. Kraak, G. Sacks, S. Kumanyika, B. Swinburn, S. Barquera, S. Friel, C. Hawkes, B. Kelly, M. L’Abbé, A. Lee, J. Ma, J. Macmullen, S. Mohan, C. Monteiro, B. Neal, M. Rayner, D. Sanders, W. Snowdon, S. Vandevijvere, C. Walker and INFORMAS
  3. Monitoring and benchmarking government policies and actions to improve the healthiness of food environments: a proposed Government Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (pages 24–37)  B. Swinburn, S. Vandevijvere, V. Kraak, G. Sacks, W. Snowdon, C. Hawkes, S. Barquera, S. Friel, 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, C. Walker and INFORMAS
  4. 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
  5. Monitoring the levels of important nutrients in the food supply (pages 49–58)  B. Neal, G. Sacks, B. Swinburn, S. Vandevijvere, E. Dunford, W. Snowdon, J. Webster, 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, M. Rayner, D. Sanders, C. Walker and INFORMAS
  6. Monitoring food and non-alcoholic beverage promotions to children (pages 59–69)  B. Kelly, L. King, L. Baur, M. Rayner, T. Lobstein, C. Monteiro, J. Macmullan, S. Mohan, S. Barquera, S. Friel, C. Hawkes, S. Kumanyika, M. L’Abbé, A. Lee, J. Ma, B. Neal, G. Sacks, D. Sanders, W. Snowdon, B. Swinburn, S. Vandevijvere, C. Walker and INFORMAS
  7. Monitoring the health-related labelling of foods and non-alcoholic beverages in retail settings (pages 70–81)  M. Rayner, A. Wood, M. Lawrence, C. N. Mhurchu, J. Albert, 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, G. Sacks, D. Sanders, W. Snowdon, B. Swinburn, S. Vandevijvere, C. Walker and INFORMAS
  8. Monitoring the price and affordability of foods and diets globally (pages 82–95)  A. Lee, C. N. Mhurchu, G. Sacks, B. Swinburn, W. Snowdon, S. Vandevijvere, C. Hawkes, M. L’Abbé, M. Rayner, D. Sanders, S. Barquera, S. Friel, B. Kelly, S. Kumanyika, T. Lobstein, J. Ma, J. Macmullan, S. Mohan, C. Monteiro, B. Neal, C. Walker and INFORMAS
  9. Monitoring foods and beverages provided and sold in public sector settings (pages 96–107)  M. L’Abbé, A. Schermel, L. Minaker, B. Kelly, A. Lee, S. Vandevijvere, P. Twohig, S. Barquera, S. Friel, C. Hawkes, S. Kumanyika, T. Lobstein, J. Ma, J. Macmullan, S. Mohan, C. Monteiro, B. Neal, M. Rayner, G. Sacks, D. Sanders, W. Snowdon, B. Swinburn, C. Walker and INFORMAS
  10. Monitoring the availability of healthy and unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages in community and consumer retail food environments globally (pages 108–119)  C. Ni Mhurchu, S. Vandevijvere, W. Waterlander, L. E. Thornton, B. Kelly, A. J. Cameron, W. Snowdon, B. Swinburn and INFORMAS
  11. Monitoring the impacts of trade agreements on food environments (pages 120–134)  S. Friel, L. Hattersley, W. Snowdon, A.-M. Thow, T. Lobstein, D. Sanders, S. Barquera, S. Mohan, C. Hawkes, B. Kelly, S. Kumanyika, M. L’Abbe, A. Lee, J. Ma, J. Macmullan, C. Monteiro, B. Neal, M. Rayner, G. Sacks, B. Swinburn, S. Vandevijvere, C. Walker and INFORMAS
  12. Monitoring and benchmarking population diet quality globally: a step-wise approach (pages 135–149)  S. Vandevijvere, C. Monteiro, S. M. Krebs-Smith, A. Lee, B. Swinburn, B. Kelly, B. Neal, W. Snowdon, G. Sacks and INFORMAS
  13. INFORMAS and advocacy for public health nutrition and obesity prevention (pages 150–156)  T. Lobstein, H. Brinsden, J. Landon, V. Kraak, A. Musicus and J. Macmullan
  14. INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support): summary and future directions (pages 157–164) S. Kumanyika