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The cost-effectiveness and consumer acceptability of taxation strategies to reduce rates of overweight and obesity among children in Australia: study protocol

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Comans, TA and Whitty, JA and Hills, AP and Kendall, E and Turkstra, E and Gordon, LG and Byrnes, JM and Scuffham, PA, The cost-effectiveness and consumer acceptability of taxation strategies to reduce rates of overweight and obesity among children in Australia: study protocol, Bmc Public Health, 13 ISSN 1471-2458 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-1182

Abstract

Background: Childhood obesity is a recognised public health problem and around 25% of Australian children are overweight or obese. A major contributor is the obesogenic environment which encourages over consumption of energy dense nutrient poor food. Taxation is commonly proposed as a mechanism to reduce consumption of poor food choices and hence reduce rates of obesity and overweight in the community.

Methods/Design: An economic model will be developed to assess the lifetime benefits and costs to a cohort of Australian children by reducing energy dense nutrient poor food consumption through taxation mechanisms. The model inputs will be derived from a series of smaller studies. Food options for taxation will be derived from literature and expert opinion, the acceptability and impact of price changes will be explored through a Citizenís Jury and a discrete choice experiment and price elasticities will be derived from the discrete choice experiment and consumption data.

Discussion: The health care costs of managing rising levels of obesity are a challenge for all governments. This study will provide a unique contribution to the international knowledge base by engaging a variety of robust research techniques, with a multidisciplinary focus and be responsive to consumers from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Community Child Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Child Health
Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:109677
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-06-27
Last Modified:2016-06-27
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