Submission to the Select Committee into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia

In July, we asked you what you thought were the most pressing issues that the Senate Select Committee into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia should consider.

The priority for the majority of parents surveyed was a national taskforce to work on obesity prevention.

“Having a national taskforce that is funded and coordinated across all states and territories will hasten the speed of change, and provide consistent messaging around the urgency and seriousness if the issue to manufacturers and consumers.” Parent, July 2018

Read our full submission here

Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to respond to our questions, your input formed the basis of our submission and allowed us to have a great impact. In fact that we’ve been asked to speak at the public hearing next week in Melbourne – and that’s down to the submissions we had from you. Thanks.

We would like to share your experiences at the hearing next week. Anything and everything relating to kids’ food and physical activity. Here’s some examples to get your memories flowing.

  • Running the junk food gauntlet at the supermarket (or the post office or pharmacy!).
  • The hurdles you’ve faced getting/keeping your kids active.
  • Trying to create change and being successful/unsuccessful
  • Your surprise at your child’s recognition of junk food brands

We want to hear all this and more! Send us an email or comment below. Your experiences are the key to convincing Australia’s politicians that parents want action on these issues.

If you feel like some bed time reading all 144 submissions to the Inquiry are available here.


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