Traffic Light Food Labelling - The Evidence

30 Nov 2011

Many Australians are experiencing chronic health conditions that could have been prevented through appropriate nutrition and healthy eating behaviours. Rates of obesity continue to rise throughout Australia, which now has the fifth highest rate of obesity among OECD countries.

The food people consume is a major factor in obesity. It is difficult for families to find the information they need to make healthier food choices, especially in the busy routines of daily life. It needs to be easier for people to find the information to make healthier choices about what they eat. The nutrition information on packaged food labels should be a good source of this information, but the current system of food labelling in Australia fails the test and needs to be changed.

The AMA believes that the introduction of a Traffic Light system of front-of-pack labelling will have a positive effect on the eating patterns of Australians. This AMA paper –  Traffic Light Food Labelling: the Evidence  – brings together the current research and evidence to show that this system of food labelling has significant advantages over alternative approaches.