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Obesity prevention advocacy in Australia: an analysis of policy impact on autonomy

Haynes, E, Hughes, R and Reidlinger, DP 2017 , 'Obesity prevention advocacy in Australia: an analysis of policy impact on autonomy' , Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 41, no. 3 , pp. 299-305 , doi:

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Objective: To explore obesity policy options recommended by stakeholders and identify theirimpact on individual autotomy.Methods: Qualitative and quantitative methods were used. A content analysis of submissionsto the Australian Government’s Inquiry into Obesity was conducted. Each recommendationwas categorised by its impact on autonomy, according to existing frameworks. Chi-square testfor independence was used to explore the association between autonomy and stakeholdersupport defined as frequency of recommendation.Results: The extent of support for a policy option was significantly associated with impact onautonomy (pConclusions: Stakeholders advocated policy options that enhance individual autonomy to agreater extent than those that diminish autonomy.Implications for public health: Targeting obesity policy options that enhance rather thandiminish autonomy may be more politically acceptable across most settings, with theexception of schools where more restrictive policy options are appropriate. Re-framing optionsaccordingly may improve leadership by government in obesity policy.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Haynes, E and Hughes, R and Reidlinger, DP
Keywords: obesity, policy, Nuffield, public health, intrusiveness, autonomy, review
Journal or Publication Title: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Publisher: Public Health Assoc Australia Inc
ISSN: 1326-0200
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