Engaging the public in prevention of childhood obesity: a citizens’ jury to address childhood obesity: Is taxation an appropriate strategy for reducing childhood obesity?

Nicole Moretto, Angela Simons, Erin Pitt, Jennifer Whitty, Andrew Hills, Elizabeth Kendall, Erika Turkstra, Louisa Gordon, Josh Byrnes, Paul Scuffham, Tracy Comans

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Food taxation is a public health strategy that has been identified as having the potential to reduce rates of childhood obesity. A Citizens Jury was convened to explore the consumer acceptability of taxation as a strategy to prevent childhood obesity by influencing the purchasing of foods by parents. A Citizens Jury, consisting of 12-24 members of the public that are representative of the community, is a deliberative method of engaging the public in decision-making on a specific topic. The jury is asked to reach a verdict and make recommendations based on evidence provided by clinical, policy, academic and consumer experts from a wide range of perspectives. This report describes the verdicts and recommendations of a Citizens Jury on childhood obesity held in May 2013, in Brisbane, Australia.

This Citizens Jury was facilitated by Griffith University as part of a larger project funded by the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA). The overall project is comprised of a series of sub-studies in order to inform a full economic evaluation of the impact of taxation on obesity rates in children. This research aims to identify both the cost-effectiveness and consumer acceptability of taxation strategies to reduce rates of overweight and obesity amongst children in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherGriffith Health Institute, Griffith University
Commissioning bodyGriffith University Queensland
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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