Dr Gary Sacks

STAFF PROFILE

Position

DECRA Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography

Gary Sacks is a Senior Research Fellow at the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University. Gary’s research focuses on policies for the prevention of obesity and related non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Gary was recently awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) (2016-2018) to conduct research into improving food policy in Australia. His research has been included as part of The Lancet Series on Obesity in 2011 and 2015, and the ACE-Prevention study, which examined the cost-effectiveness of over 100 interventions for disease prevention in Australia. Gary has also co-authored several reports for the World Health Organization. Gary co-founded INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/NCDs Research, Monitoring and Action Support), a global network of public-interest non-government organisations and researchers that aims to monitor, evaluate and support public and private sector actions to improve food environments and reduce obesity and NCDs.

Gary completed his PhD in Public Health at Deakin University in 2011. His PhD thesis investigated policies for obesity prevention, with a particular focus on the cost-effectiveness of policies for improving the food supply.

Gary has undertaken short-term research placements at the World Health Organization (Switzerland), Harvard University (USA), the University of Oxford (UK), the Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services (Australia) and the International Telecommunications Union (Switzerland). Prior to entering the field of public health, Gary worked as a management consultant, providing strategic business advice to multi-national corporations and governments in Australia. Gary has tertiary qualifications in economics, information systems and health informatics.

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Research interests

Policies for obesity prevention

Corporate political activity of the food industry

Food taxes

Front-of-pack food labelling

Economic modelling

Knowledge areas

Obesity prevention

Food policy

Food taxes

Food labelling

Publications

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2016

Systematic examination of publicly-available information reveals the diverse and extensive corporate political activity of the food industry in Australia

Melissa Mialon, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Gary Sacks

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-13, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

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A review of methods and tools to assess the implementation of government policies to create healthy food environments for preventing obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases

Ms Sirinya Phulkerd, Prof Mark Lawrence, Dr Gary Sacks, Dr Viroj Tancharoensathien

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 1-13, Implementation science, London, Eng., C1

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2015

Comparison of food industry policies and commitments on marketing to children and product (re)formulation in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji

Dr Gary Sacks, Melissa Mialon, Stefanie Vandevijvere, Helen Trevena, Dr Wendy Snowdon, Michelle Crino, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 299-319, Critical public health, London, Eng., C1

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A proposed approach to systematically identify and monitor the corporate political activity of the food industry with respect to public health using publicly available information.

Melissa Mialon, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Dr Gary Sacks

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 519-530, Obesity reviews, London, Eng., C1

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Cost effectiveness of childhood obesity interventions: Evidence and methods for CHOICES

Steven L Gortmaker, Mr Michael Long, Stephen Resch, Zachary Ward, Angie Cradock, Jessica L Barrett, Davene Wright, Kendrin Sonneville, Catherine Giles, Prof Rob Carter, Prof Marj Moodie, Dr Gary Sacks, Amber Hsiao, Seanna Vine, A/Prof Jan Barendregt, Theo Vos, Y. Claire Wang

(2015), Vol. 49, pp. 102-111, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Cost effectiveness of an elementary school active physical education policy

Jessica L Barrett, Steven L Gortmaker, Mr Michael Long, Zachary Ward, Stephen Resch, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Rob Carter, Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Y. Claire Wang, Angie Cradock

(2015), Vol. 49, pp. 148-159, American journal of preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Cost effectiveness of a sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax in the U.S.

Mr Michael Long, Steven L Gortmaker, Zachary Ward, Stephen Resch, Prof Marj Moodie, Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Rob Carter, Y. Claire Wang

(2015), Vol. 49, pp. 112-123, American journal of preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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BMI and healthcare cost impact of eliminating tax subsidy for advertising unhealthy food to youth

Kendrin Sonneville, Mr Michael Long, Zachary Ward, Stephen Resch, Y. Claire Wang, Jennifer Pomeranz, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Rob Carter, Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Steven L Gortmaker

(2015), Vol. 49, pp. 124-134, American journal of preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Modeling the cost effectiveness of child care policy changes in the U.S.

Davene Wright, Erica Kenney, Catherine Giles, Mr Michael Long, Zachary Ward, Stephen Resch, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Rob Carter, Y. Claire Wang, Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Steven L Gortmaker, Angie Cradock

(2015), Vol. 49, pp. 135-147, American journal of preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Strengthening of accountability systems to create healthy food environments and reduce global obesity

Prof Boyd Swinburn, Ms Vivica Ingrid Kraak, Harry Rutter, Stefanie Vandevijvere, Tim Lobstein, Dr Gary Sacks, Fabio Gomes, Tim Marsh, Roger Magnusson

(2015), Vol. 385, pp. 2534-2545, Lancet, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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The influence on population weight gain and obesity of the macronutrient composition and energy density of the food supply

Michelle Crino, Dr Gary Sacks, Stefanie Vandevijvere, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Bruce Neal

(2015), Vol. 4, pp. 1-10, Current obesity reports, New York, N. Y., C1

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Supermarkets and unhealthy food marketing: an international comparison of the content of supermarket catalogues/circulars

Miss Emma Charlton, Laila Kahkonen, Dr Gary Sacks

(2015), Vol. 81, pp. 168-173, Preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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2014

Economics of obesity - learning from the past to contribute to a better future

Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan, Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Rob Carter

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 4007-4025, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

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A systematic interim assessment of the Australian government's food and health dialogue

Tamara Elliott, Helen Trevena, Dr Gary Sacks, Elizabeth Dunford, Jane Martin, Dr Jacqui Webster, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Rob Moodie, Prof Bruce Neal

(2014), Vol. 200, pp. 92-95, Medical journal of Australia, Strawberry Hills, NSW, C1

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2013

Monitoring the levels of important nutrients in the food supply

Prof Bruce Neal, Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Boyd Swinburn, S Vandevijvere, Elizabeth Dunford, Dr Wendy Snowdon, Jackie Webster, Simon Barquera, Prof Sharon Friel, C Hawkes, B Kelly, Shiriki Kumanyika, Mary L'Abbe, A M Lee, Tim Lobstein, Jun Ma, J Macmullen, S Mohan, C Monteiro, Dr Mike Rayner, D Sanders, C Walker

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 49-58, Obesity reviews, Oxford, England, C1

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Monitoring food and non-alcoholic beverage promotions to children

Bridget Kelly, Lesley King, Prof Louise Baur, Dr Mike Rayner, Tim Lobstein, C Monteiro, J Macmullen, S Mohan, Simon Barquera, Prof Sharon Friel, C Hawkes, Shiriki Kumanyika, Mary L'Abbe, A M Lee, Jun Ma, Prof Bruce Neal, Dr Gary Sacks, D Sanders, Dr Wendy Snowdon, Prof Boyd Swinburn, S Vandevijvere, C Walker

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 59-69, Obesity reviews, Chichester, England, C1

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A proposed approach to monitor private-sector policies and practices related to food environments, obesity and non-communicable disease prevention

Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Ms Vivica Ingrid Kraak, S Downs, C Walker, Simon Barquera, Prof Sharon Friel, C Hawkes, B Kelly, Shiriki Kumanyika, M L Abbe, A M Lee, Tim Lobstein, Jun Ma, J Macmullan, S Mohan, C Monteiro, Prof Bruce Neal, Dr Mike Rayner, D Sanders, Dr Wendy Snowdon, S Vandevijvere

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 38-48, Obesity reviews, Chichester, England, C1

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Monitoring and benchmarking government policies and actions to improve the healthiness of food environments: a proposed Government Health Food Environment Policy index

Prof Boyd Swinburn, S Vandevijvere, Ms Vivica Ingrid Kraak, Dr Gary Sacks, Dr Wendy Snowdon, C Hawkes, Simon Barquera, Prof Sharon Friel, B Kelly, Shiriki Kumanyika, Mary L'Abbe, A M Lee, Tim Lobstein, Jun Ma, J Macmullen, S Mohan, C Monteiro, Prof Bruce Neal, Dr Mike Rayner, D Sanders, C Walker

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 24-37, Obesity reviews, Oxford, England, C1

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Monitoring the impacts of trade agreements on food environments

Prof Sharon Friel, Libby Hattersley, Dr Wendy Snowdon, Anne Marie Thow, Tim Lobstein, D Sanders, Simon Barquera, S Mohan, C Hawkes, B Kelly, Shiriki Kumanyika, M L Abbe, A M Lee, Jun Ma, J Macmullan, C Monteiro, Prof Bruce Neal, Dr Mike Rayner, Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Boyd Swinburn, S Vandevijvere, C Walker

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 120-134, Obesity reviews, Chichester, England, C1

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Monitoring and benchmarking population diet quality globally: a step-wise approach

S Vandevijvere, C Monteiro, S M Krebs-Smith, A M Lee, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Bridget Kelly, Prof Bruce Neal, Dr Wendy Snowdon, Dr Gary Sacks

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 135-149, Obesity reviews, Oxford, England, C1

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Monitoring policy and actions on food environments: rationale and outline of the INFORMAS policy engagement and communication strategies

H Brinsden, Tim Lobstein, J Landon, Ms Vivica Ingrid Kraak, Dr Gary Sacks, Shiriki Kumanyika, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Simon Barquera, Prof Sharon Friel, C Hawkes, B Kelly, M L Abbe, A M Lee, Jun Ma, J Macmullan, S Mohan, C Monteiro, Prof Bruce Neal, Dr Mike Rayner, D Sanders, Dr Wendy Snowdon, S Vandevijvere, C Walker

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 13-23, Obesity reviews, Chichester, England, C1

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INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support): overview and key principles

Prof Boyd Swinburn, Dr Gary Sacks, S Vandevijvere, Shiriki Kumanyika, Tim Lobstein, Prof Bruce Neal, Simon Barquera, Prof Sharon Friel, C Hawkes, Bridget Kelly, Mary L'Abbe, A M Lee, Jun Ma, J Macmullen, S Mohan, C Monteiro, Dr Mike Rayner, D Sanders, Dr Wendy Snowdon, C Walker

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 1-12, Obesity reviews, Oxford, England, C1

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Monitoring the price and affordability of foods and diets globally

A M Lee, C N Mhurchu, Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Dr Wendy Snowdon, S Vandevijvere, C Hawkes, Mary L'Abbe, Dr Mike Rayner, D Sanders, Simon Barquera, Prof Sharon Friel, B Kelly, Shiriki Kumanyika, Tim Lobstein, Jun Ma, J Macmullen, S Mohan, C Monteiro, Prof Bruce Neal, C Walker

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 82-95, Obesity reviews, Oxford, England, C1

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Monitoring the health-related labelling of foods and non-alcoholic beverages in retail settings

Dr Mike Rayner, Andrew Wood, Prof Mark Lawrence, C N Mhurchu, J Albert, Simon Barquera, Prof Sharon Friel, C Hawkes, B Kelly, Shiriki Kumanyika, Mary L'Abbe, A M Lee, Tim Lobstein, Jun Ma, J Macmullen, S Mohan, C Monteiro, Prof Bruce Neal, Dr Gary Sacks, D Sanders, Dr Wendy Snowdon, Prof Boyd Swinburn, S Vandevijvere, C Walker

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 70-81, Obesity reviews, Oxford, England, C1

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Monitoring foods and beverages provided and sold in public sector settings

M L Abbe, A Schermel, L Minaker, B Kelly, A M Lee, S Vandevijvere, P Twohig, Simon Barquera, Prof Sharon Friel, C Hawkes, Shiriki Kumanyika, Tim Lobstein, Jun Ma, J Macmullan, S Mohan, C Monteiro, Prof Bruce Neal, Dr Mike Rayner, Dr Gary Sacks, D Sanders, Dr Wendy Snowdon, Prof Boyd Swinburn, C Walker

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 96-107, Obesity reviews, Chichester, England, C1

journal
2011

Quantification of the effect of energy imbalance on bodyweight

Kevin D. Hall, Dr Gary Sacks, Dhruva Chandramohan, Carson C. Chow, Y. Claire Wang, Steven L Gortmaker, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2011), Vol. 378, pp. 826-837, Quantification of the effect of energy imbalance on bodyweight, London, England, C1

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The global obesity pandemic : shaped by global drivers and local environments

Prof Boyd Swinburn, Dr Gary Sacks, Kevin D. Hall, Klim McPherson, Diane T Finegood, Prof Marj Moodie, Steven L Gortmaker

(2011), Vol. 378, pp. 804-814, Lancet, London, U. K., C1

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Impact of ‘traffic-light’ nutrition information on online food purchases in Australia

Dr Gary Sacks, Kim Tikellis, Dr Lynne Millar, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2011), Vol. 35, pp. 122-126, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Richmond, Vic., C1

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'Traffic-light' nutrition labelling and 'junk-food' tax : a modelled comparison of cost-effectiveness for obesity prevention

Dr Gary Sacks, Lennert Veerman, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2011), Vol. 35, pp. 1001-1009, Internation journal of obesity, London, England, C1

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Increased energy intake entirely accounts for increase in body weight in women but not in men in the UK between 1986 and 2000

Peter Scarborough, Melanie R. Burg, Charles Foster, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Dr Gary Sacks, Dr Mike Rayner, Premila Webster, Prof Steven Allender

(2011), Vol. 105, pp. 1399-1404, British journal of nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

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Applications of nutrient profiling : potential role in diet-related chronic disease prevention and the feasibility of a core nutrient-profiling system

Dr Gary Sacks, Dr Mike Rayner, L. Stockley, Peter Scarborough, Dr Wendy Snowdon, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2011), Vol. 65, pp. 298-306, European journal of clincial nutrition, London, U. K., C1

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2009

Obesity policy action framework and analysis grids for a comprehensive policy approach to reducing obesity

Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Mark Lawrence

(2009), Vol. 10, pp. 76-86, Obesity reviews, Oxford, England, C1

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Moving beyond 'rates, roads and rubbish' : how do local governments make choices about healthy public policy to prevent obesity?

Prof Steven Allender, Ms Erin Gleeson, Brad Crammond, Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Mark Lawrence, Prof Anna Peeters, Bebe Loff, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 1-8, Australia and New Zealand health policy, London, England, C1

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Estimating the changes in energy flux that characterize the rise in obesity prevalence

Prof Boyd Swinburn, Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Sing Lo, Klaas R. Westerterp, Elaine C. Rush, Michael Rosenbaum, Amy Luke, Dale A. Schoeller, James P. DeLany, Nancy F. Butte, Eric Ravussin

(2009), Vol. 89, pp. 1723-1728, American journal of clinical nutrition, New York, N.Y., C1

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Modelling income group differences in the health and economic impacts of targeted food taxes and subsidies

Kelechi E. Nnoaham, Dr Gary Sacks, Dr Mike Rayner, Oliver Mytton, Alastair Gray

(2009), Vol. 38, pp. 1324-1333, International journal of epidemiology, Oxford, England, C1

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Impact of front-of-pack 'traffic-light' nutrition labelling on consumer food purchases in the UK

Dr Gary Sacks, Dr Mike Rayner, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2009), Vol. 24, pp. 344-352, Health promotion international, Oxford, England, C1

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Increased food energy supply is more than sufficient to explain the US epidemic of obesity

Prof Boyd Swinburn, Dr Gary Sacks, Eric Ravussin

(2009), Vol. 90, pp. 1453-1456, American journal of clinical nutrition, New York, N.Y., C1

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2008

Sydney principles for reducing the commercial promotion of foods and beverages to children

Prof Boyd Swinburn, Dr Gary Sacks, Tim Lobstein, Neville Rigby, Prof Louise Baur, Prof Kelly Brownell, Tim Gill, Jaap Seidell, Shiriki Kumanyika

(2008), Vol. 11, pp. 881-886, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

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Longitudinal study of Consumer Price Index (CPI) trends in core and non-core foods in Australia

Dr Cate Burns, Dr Gary Sacks, Dr Lisa Gold

(2008), Vol. 32, pp. 449-452, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Milton, Qld, C1

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A systematic policy approach to changing the food system and physical activity environments to prevent obesity

Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Mark Lawrence

(2008), Vol. 5, pp. 1-7, Australia and New Zealand health policy, London, U.K., C1

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