Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Private Sector (BIA Obesity)


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How are private sector organisations affecting food environments and influencing obesity/NCDs prevention efforts?

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.


Module leader is Dr Gary Sacks


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Senior Research Fellow
Faculty of Health, Deakin Population Health SRC, Melbourne Burwood Campus,
Deakin University
Melbourne, Australia
Email: Dr Gary Sacks

Relevant paper

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