BIA-Obesity (Business Impact Assessment—Obesity and population-level nutrition): A tool and process to assess food company policies and commitments related to obesity prevention and population nutrition at the national level

Gary Sacks, Lana Vanderlee, Ella Robinson, Stefanie Vandevijvere, Adrian J. Cameron, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Amanda Lee, See Hoe Ng, Tilakavati Karupaiah, Laura Vergeer, Mary L'Abbé, Boyd Swinburn

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Addressing obesity and improving the diets of populations requires a comprehensive societal response. The need for broad-based action has led to a focus on accountability of the key factors that influence food environments, including the food and beverage industry. This paper describes the Business Impact Assessment—Obesity and population-level nutrition (BIA-Obesity) tool and process for benchmarking food and beverage company policies and practices related to obesity and population-level nutrition at the national level. The methods for BIA-Obesity draw largely from relevant components of the Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), with specific assessment criteria developed for food and nonalcoholic beverage manufacturers, supermarkets, and chain restaurants, based on international recommendations and evidence of best practices related to each sector. The process for implementing the BIA-Obesity tool involves independent civil society organisations selecting the most prominent food and beverage companies in each country, engaging with the companies to understand their policies and practices, and assessing each company's policies and practices across six domains. The domains include: “corporate strategy,” “product formulation,” “nutrition labelling,” “product and brand promotion,” “product accessibility,” and “relationships with other organisations.” Assessment of company policies is based on their level of transparency, comprehensiveness, and specificity, with reference to best practice.

Original languageEnglish
JournalObesity Reviews
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2019

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Nutrition Policy
Food and Beverages
Obesity
Population
Practice Guidelines
Food Labeling
Organizations
Benchmarking
Restaurants
Nutrition Assessment
Food Industry
Social Responsibility
Diet
Food

Keywords

  • accountability
  • benchmarking
  • food companies
  • food environments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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BIA-Obesity (Business Impact Assessment—Obesity and population-level nutrition) : A tool and process to assess food company policies and commitments related to obesity prevention and population nutrition at the national level. / Sacks, Gary; Vanderlee, Lana; Robinson, Ella; Vandevijvere, Stefanie; Cameron, Adrian J.; Ni Mhurchu, Cliona; Lee, Amanda; Ng, See Hoe; Karupaiah, Tilakavati; Vergeer, Laura; L'Abbé, Mary; Swinburn, Boyd.

In: Obesity Reviews, 01.01.2019.

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Sacks, Gary ; Vanderlee, Lana ; Robinson, Ella ; Vandevijvere, Stefanie ; Cameron, Adrian J. ; Ni Mhurchu, Cliona ; Lee, Amanda ; Ng, See Hoe ; Karupaiah, Tilakavati ; Vergeer, Laura ; L'Abbé, Mary ; Swinburn, Boyd. / BIA-Obesity (Business Impact Assessment—Obesity and population-level nutrition) : A tool and process to assess food company policies and commitments related to obesity prevention and population nutrition at the national level. In: Obesity Reviews. 2019.
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