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A systematic interim assessment of the Australian Government’s Food and Health Dialogue

Chronic diseases are the main causes of premature death and disability in Australia and the world.1 Poor diets — high in salt, saturated fats, added sugar and energy, with inadequate fruits, vegetables and wholegrains — are now the leading cause of this disease burden.1 Adverse levels of these nutrients are driving epidemics of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and dyslipidaemia and their clinical sequelae.2,3

The food environment in Australia provides large quantities of cheap and convenient processed and restaurant foods to consumers. These foods are often high in salt, added sugar and fat and are typically delivered in large energy-dense portions.46 A predominance of these types of foods has been identified as a key driver of diet-related ill health around the world.7,8 This problem is well understood…