From National Cancer Control Policy
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About this chapter

This chapter of the National Cancer Prevention Policy focuses on public policy interventions to reduce the impact of cancers attributable to the individual and interacting effects of obesity, poor nutrition and physical inactivity and supporting evidence. It will be updated as significant new literature is published or changes in the policy environment occur.

The chapter was developed by Deshanie Rawlings and Dr Prema Thavaneswaran at Cancer Council Australia, with editorial oversight by the organisation's Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee and endorsed by its principal Public Health Committee. It was externally reviewed by: Professor Annie Anderson, Professor of Public Health Nutrition, University of Dundee; Professor Anna Peeters, Professor of Epidemiology and Equity in Public Health, Deakin University; and Dr Kathy Chapman, Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle. The chapter was published in April 2018.

Contact: Deshanie Rawlings


  1. Overview
  2. Policy context
  3. Policy priorities
  4. Evidence informing policy
  5. Impact
  6. Links between cancer and weight, nutrition and physical activity
  7. Related resources