Extending the paradigm: A policy framework for healthy and equitable eating (HE 2 )

Melanie Pescud, Sharon Friel, Amanda Lee, Gary Sacks, Elizabeth Meertens, Rob Carter, Megan Cobcroft, Elizabeth Munn, Joanne Greenfield

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Objective The current short communication aimed to provide a new conceptualisation of the policy drivers of inequities in healthy eating and to make a call to action to begin populating this framework with evidence of actions that can be taken to reduce the inequities in healthy eating.Design The Healthy and Equitable Eating (HE 2 ) Framework derives from a systems-based analytical approach involving expert workshops.Setting Australia.Subjects Academics, government officials and non-government organisations in Australia.Results The HE 2 Framework extends previous conceptualisations of policy responses to healthy eating to include the social determinants of healthy eating and its social distribution, encompassing policy areas including housing, social protection, employment, education, transport, urban planning, plus the food system and environment.Conclusions As the burden of non-communicable diseases continues to grow globally, it is important that governments, practitioners and researchers focus attention on the development and implementation of policies beyond the food system and environment that can address the social determinants of inequities in healthy eating.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3477-3481
Number of pages5
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


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