INFORMAS


Publications

2016 Publications

  • 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007114516002981
  • 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

2015 Publications

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rewena M. 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.
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Food Policy Evidence Reviews
Reviews from unpublished Masters thesis based on the INFORMAS Food-EPI Tool (873.9 kB, PDF)
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2014 Publications

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 
  • 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
  • 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
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2013 Publications

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
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