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ACE obesity prevention policy approaches

15 / 07 / 19

Assessing Cost Effectiveness (ACE)-Obesity is a priority setting study that aimed to evaluate the economic credentials of a range of obesity prevention policies. The study was performed by Deakin University and formed part of the work of the National Health and Medical Research Council funded Centre of Research Excellence on Obesity Policy and Food Systems.

The following league table shows a summary of the cost-effectiveness of interventions from the most effective to the least, along with the net cost and level of evidence supporting a decrease in BMI.

*NOTE negative figures indicates a net cost saving while positive figures are a net cost spend


Total net cost

Strength of evidence (to lower BMI)

Alcohol price increase



Sugar sweetened beverage tax



Mandatory restriction of TV advertising unhealthy foods



Mandatory package size cap on sugar-sweetened beverages



Voluntary supermarket shelf tags on healthier products



Menu kilojoule labelling in fast food



School based intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour



School based intervention to increase physical activity



Mandatory restriction on price promotions on sugar sweetened beverages



Voluntary reformulation to reduce sugar in sugar-sweetened beverages



National mass media campaign related to sugar-sweetened beverages



Reformulation in response to the Health Star Rating system (voluntary)


(Net cost)


Financial incentives for weight loss by private health insurers



Fuel excise: 10c per litre increase



Community-based interventions



Workplace intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour



You can access the full report here, as well as summary reports for each intervention, a league table ranking incremental cost effectiveness, and implementation considerations providing comparative assessments.

And in other obesity policy news, the Obesity Evidence Hub is now live. The objective is to identify, analyse and synthesise the evidence on obesity and divided into three sections: trends, impacts and prevention. The hub is a partnership between the Cancer Council Victoria, the BUPA Health Foundation and the Obesity Policy Coalition.

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