The cost-effectiveness and consumer acceptability of taxation strategies to reduce rates of overweight and obesity among children in Australia: Study protocol

Comans T.A., Whitty J.A., Hills A.P., Kendall E., Turkstra E., Gordon L.G., Byrnes J.M. and Scuffham P.A. (2013) The cost-effectiveness and consumer acceptability of taxation strategies to reduce rates of overweight and obesity among children in Australia: Study protocol. BMC Public Health, 13 1182.1-1182.6. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-1182


Author Comans T.A.
Whitty J.A.
Hills A.P.
Kendall E.
Turkstra E.
Gordon L.G.
Byrnes J.M.
Scuffham P.A.
Title The cost-effectiveness and consumer acceptability of taxation strategies to reduce rates of overweight and obesity among children in Australia: Study protocol
Journal name BMC Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2458
Publication date 2013-12-14
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-13-1182
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 13
Start page 1182.1
End page 1182.6
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Language eng
Subject 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Formatted abstract
Background: Childhood obesity is a recognised public health problem and around 25% of Australian children are overweight or obese. A major contributor is the obesogenic environment which encourages over consumption of energy dense nutrient poor food. Taxation is commonly proposed as a mechanism to reduce consumption of poor food choices and hence reduce rates of obesity and overweight in the community.
Methods/Design. An economic model will be developed to assess the lifetime benefits and costs to a cohort of Australian children by reducing energy dense nutrient poor food consumption through taxation mechanisms. The model inputs will be derived from a series of smaller studies. Food options for taxation will be derived from literature and expert opinion, the acceptability and impact of price changes will be explored through a Citizen's Jury and a discrete choice experiment and price elasticities will be derived from the discrete choice experiment and consumption data.
Discussion. The health care costs of managing rising levels of obesity are a challenge for all governments. This study will provide a unique contribution to the international knowledge base by engaging a variety of robust research techniques, with a multidisciplinary focus and be responsive to consumers from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SCI
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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