Food

Fourteen PICTs have policies or activities in place to reduce population salt consumption. Thirteen PICTs have fiscal policies in place to make healthy food choices easier and cheaper and to discourage unhealthy food choices, but only four PICTs were rated as having ‘strong’ (i.e. three-star rat ... ng) measures in place. Thirteen PICTs have national food-based dietary guidelines for adults. No PICTs have policies or legislation to limit trans-fats in the food supply. In terms of actions to encourage healthy eating among children, only two PICTs have policies in place to restrict marketing of unhealthy food to children, and 11 PICTs have policies or guidelines encouraging healthy food services in schools. Based on findings from this report, there are two key areas where very few PICTs have established policy: limiting trans-fats and restricting marketing of unhealthy foods to children. Banning transfats is recommended by WHO as a cost-effective intervention, given the evidence that eliminating trans-fats from the food supply is expected to impact directly on cardiovascular disease mortality. The Report of Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity recommends implementing the Set of Recommendations on the Marketing of Foods and Non-alcoholic Beverages to Children16 to reduce the power of the marketing of unhealthy foods and the exposure of children and adolescents to it. Further work on other areas of food policy is also critical.

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PICT ratings for Pacific NCD Dashboard Food indicators

Summary of findings for Pacific NCD dashboard Food indicators

Not Present

4

19%

10

48%

15

71%

5

24%

3

15%

1

5%

Under Development

1

5%

11

52%

4

19%

3

14%

6

30%

7

33%

Present

15

71%

0

0%

2

10%

13

62%

11

55%

13

62%

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