Economics of Obesity and Diabetes

The Economics of Obesity and Diabetes team undertakes work in three broad areas: the measurement of the economic impacts of obesity and diabetes; the economic evaluation of single interventions targeting obesity prevention and diabetes; and the evaluation of multiple interventions to inform priority setting and the development of prevention strategies.  Economics of Obesity and Diabetes team members are key players in the economic stream of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) on Policy Research on Obesity and Food Systems.

Stream Coordinators: Marj Moodie, Andrew Dalton

Current Major Projects

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) on Policy Research on Obesity and Food Systems (NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence 10401020).

Stores Healthy Options Project in Remote Indigenous Communities (SHOP@RIC). J Brimblecombe (Menzies School of Population Health), A Leach, K Ball, R Baillie, C Ni Mhurchu, M Moodie, E Miles (NHMRC Project Grant 1024285).

HeLP-her Rural: Cost-effectiveness of preventing weight gain in young to mid-age women living in rural communities. H Teede (Monash University), C Lombard, S Zoungas, C Keating, K Ball, M Moodie (NHMRC Project Grant 1025249).

Evaluation of the Ministry of Food Program in Ipswich. M Moodie, C Keating, B Swinburn, E Waters, L Gibbs (for The Good Foundation).

Evaluation of the Ministry of Food Program in Victoria. M Moodie, B Swinburn, E Waters, L Gibbs, A Flego (for the Victorian Department of Health).

Stand Up! Reducing prolonged workplace sitting time in office workers. D Dunstan (Baker IDI), G Healy, N Owen, E Eakin, T LaMontagne, M Moodie. (NHMRC Project Grant 1002706).

Modelling policy interventions to protect Australia's food security in the face of environmental sustainability challenges.  M Lawrence, C Ryan, S Friel, M Moodie, G Turner (ARC Project Grant 120100168).

Cost effectiveness of salt reduction interventions in Pacific Islands. Implementation Research in Hypertension in Low and Middle Income Countries. J Webster (George Institute for Global Health), W Snowdon, B Neal, M Moodie (NHMRC Targeted Round Grant 1040178).

MAGDA Study: Mothers After Gestational Diabetes in Australia. Preventing diabetes in pregnancy from progressing to type 2 diabetes: macro level system change in South Australia and Victoria. J Dunbar (Deakin University), J Best, E Janus, R Carter, J Oats, M Ackland, P Phillips, T Skinner (NHMRC Partnership Project 533956).

Recent Publications

  • Keating, C., Backholer, K., Moodie, M., Stevenson, C., Peeters, A. (2015). Differences in the Rate of Treatment of Severe Obesity using Bariatric Surgery across Socio-economic Groups.  JAMA Surg, 150(4), 367-368.
  • Magnus, A., Moodie, M. L., Ferguson, M., Cobiac, L. J., Liberato, S.C., & Brimblecombe, J. (2015). The economic feasibility of price discounts to improve diet in Australian Aboriginal remote communities. Aust N Z J Public Health. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12391.
  • Wright, D.R., Kenney, E.L., Giles, C.M., Long, M.W., Ward, Z.J., Resch, S.C., Moodie, M.L., Carter, R.C., Wang, Y.C., Sacks, G., Swinburn, B.A., Gortmaker, S.L., Cradock, A.L. (2015). Modeling the Cost Effectiveness of Child Care Policy Changes in the U.S. Am J Prev Med, 49(1), 135-147.
  • Barrett, J.L., Gortmaker, S.L., Long, M.W., Ward, Z.J., Resch, S.C., Moodie, M.L., Carter, R., Sacks, G., Swinburn, B. A., Wang, Y. C., Cradock, A. L. (2015). Cost Effectiveness of an Elementary School Active Physical Education Policy. Am J Prev Med, 49(1), 148-159.
  • Skouteris, H., Huang, T., Millar, L., Kuhlberg, J., Dodds, J., Callaway, L., Forster, D., Collins, C., Hills, A., Harrison, P., Nagle, C., Moodie, M., Teede, H. (2015). A systems approach to reducing maternal obesity: The Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Post-Birth (HIPPP) Collaborative. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Aug 55(4):397-400.
  • Keating, C., Backholer, K., Gearon, E., Stevenson, C., Swinburn, B., Moodie, M., Carter, R., Peeters, A. (2015). Prevalence of class-I, class-II and class-III obesity in Australian adults between 1995 and 2011-12. Obes Res Clin Pract. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2015.02.004.
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