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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2017

Do the foods advertised in Australian supermarket catalogues reflect national dietary guidelines?

A Cameron, S Sayers, G Sacks, L Thornton

(2017), Vol. 32, pp. 113-121, Health promotion international, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

Level of implementation of best practice policies for creating healthy food environments: assessment by state and non-state actors in Thailand

S Phulkerd, S Vandevijvere, M Lawrence, V Tangcharoensathien, G Sacks

(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 381-390, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal

'Maximising shareholder value': a detailed insight into the corporate political activity of the Australian food industry

M Mialon, B Swinburn, S Allender, G Sacks

(2017), Vol. 41, pp. 165-171, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Modelled health benefits of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax across different socioeconomic groups in Australia: a cost-effectiveness and equity analysis

A Lal, A Mantilla-Herrera, L Veerman, K Backholer, G Sacks, M Moodie, M Siahpush, R Carter, A Peeters

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 1-17, PLoS medicine, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

Barriers and potential facilitators to the implementation of government policies on front-of-pack food labeling and restriction of unhealthy food advertising in Thailand

S Phulkerd, G Sacks, S Vandevijvere, A Worsley, M Lawrence

(2017), Vol. 71, pp. 101-110, Food Policy, C1

journal

Modelled Cost-Effectiveness of a Package Size Cap and a Kilojoule Reduction Intervention to Reduce Energy Intake from Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Australia.

Michelle Crino, Ana Herrera, Jaithri Ananthapavan, Jason Wu, Bruce Neal, Yong Lee, Miaobing Zheng, Anita Lal, Gary Sacks

(2017), Vol. 9, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

journal
2016

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

S Phulkerd, M Lawrence, S Vandevijvere, G Sacks, F Worsley, V Tangcharoensathien

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

journal

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

M Mialon, B Swinburn, S Allender, G Sacks

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-13, BMC Public Health, London, Eng., C1

journal

The impact of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages on health and health care costs: a modelling study

J Veerman, G Sacks, N Antonopoulos, J Martin

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 1-10, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1

journal

Analysis of the corporate political activity of major food industry actors in Fiji

M Mialon, B Swinburn, J Wate, I Tukana, G Sacks

(2016), Vol. 12, pp. 1-14, Globalization and health, London, Eng., C1

journal

Progress achieved in restricting the marketing of high-fat, sugary and salty food and beverage products to children

V Kraak, S Vandevijvere, G Sacks, H Brinsden, C Hawkes, S Barquera, T Lobstein, B Swinburn

(2016), Vol. 94, pp. 540-548, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal

Designing a healthy food partnership: lessons from the Australian food and health dialogue

A Jones, R Magnusson, B Swinburn, J Webster, A Wood, G Sacks, B Neal

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-10, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal

The application of theories of the policy process to obesity prevention: a systematic review and meta-synthesis

B Clarke, B Swinburn, G Sacks

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-19, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal
2015

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

G Sacks, M Mialon, S Vandevijvere, H Trevena, W Snowdon, M Crino, B Swinburn

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

journal

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

B Swinburn, V Kraak, H Rutter, S Vandevijvere, T Lobstein, G Sacks, F Gomes, T Marsh, R Magnusson

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

journal

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.

M Mialon, B Swinburn, G Sacks

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

journal

Cost effectiveness of an elementary school active physical education policy

J Barrett, S Gortmaker, M Long, Z Ward, S Resch, M Moodie, R Carter, G Sacks, B Swinburn, Y Wang, A Cradock

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

journal

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

D Wright, E Kenney, C Giles, M Long, Z Ward, S Resch, M Moodie, R Carter, Y Wang, G Sacks, B Swinburn, S Gortmaker, A Cradock

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

journal

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

K Sonneville, M Long, Z Ward, S Resch, Y Wang, J Pomeranz, M Moodie, R Carter, G Sacks, B Swinburn, S Gortmaker

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

journal

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

M Long, S Gortmaker, Z Ward, S Resch, M Moodie, G Sacks, B Swinburn, R Carter, Y Wang

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

journal

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

S Gortmaker, M Long, S Resch, Z Ward, A Cradock, J Barrett, D Wright, K Sonneville, C Giles, R Carter, M Moodie, G Sacks, B Swinburn, A Hsiao, S Vine, J Barendregt, T Vos, Y Wang

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

journal

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

M Crino, G Sacks, S Vandevijvere, B Swinburn, B Neal

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

journal

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

E Charlton, L Kähkönen, G Sacks, A Cameron

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

journal
2014

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

J Ananthapavan, G Sacks, M Moodie, R Carter

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

journal

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

T Elliott, H Trevena, G Sacks, E Dunford, J Martin, J Webster, B Swinburn, A Moodie, B Neal

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

journal
2013

The possibility of regulating for obesity prevention - understanding regulation in the Commonwealth Government

B Crammond, C Van, S Allender, A Peeters, M Lawrence, G Sacks, H Mavoa, B Swinburn, B Loff

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 213-221, Obesity reviews, Chichester, England, C1

journal

Cost-effectiveness of fiscal policies to prevent obesity

M Moodie, L Sheppard, G Sacks, C Keating, A Flego

(2013), Vol. 2, pp. 211-224, Current obesity reports, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, C1

journal

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

M Rayner, A Wood, M Lawrence, C Mhurchu, J Albert, S Barquera, S Friel, C Hawkes, B Kelly, S Kumanyika, M L'Abbe, A Lee, T Lobstein, J Ma, J Macmullan, S Mohan, C Monteiro, B Neal, G Sacks, D Sanders, W Snowdon, B Swinburn, S Vandevijvere, C Walker

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

journal

Monitoring the price and affordability of foods and diets globally

A Lee, C Mhurchu, G Sacks, B Swinburn, W Snowdon, S Vandevijvere, C Hawkes, M L'Abbe, M Rayner, D Sanders, S Barquera, S Friel, B Kelly, S Kumanyika, T Lobstein, J Ma, J Macmullan, J Mohan, C Monteiro, B Neal, C Walker

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

journal

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

S Vandevijvere, C Monteiro, S Krebs-Smith, A Lee, B Swinburn, B Kelly, B Neal, W Snowdon, G Sacks

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

journal

Monitoring foods and beverages provided and sold in public sector settings

M L'Abbe, A Schermel, L Minaker, B Kelly, A Lee, S Vandevijver, P Twohig, S Barquera, S Friel, C Hawkes, S Kumanyika, T Lobstein, J Ma, J MacMullan, S Mohan, C Monteiro, B Neal, M Rayner, G Sacks, D Sanders, W Snowdon, B Swinburn, C Walker

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

journal

Monitoring the impacts of trade agreements on food environments

S Friel, L Hattersley, W Snowdon, A Thow, T Lobstein, D Sanders, S Barquera, S Mohan, C Hawkes, B Kelly, S Kumanyika, M L'Abbe, A Lee, J Ma, J Macmullan, C Monteiro, B Neal, M Rayner, G Sacks, B Swinburn, S Vandevijvere, C Walker

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

journal

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

B Swinburn, G Sacks, S Vandevijvere, S Kumanyika, T Lobstein, B Neal, S Barquera, S Friel, C Hawkes, B Kelly, M L'Abbe, A Lee, J Ma, J Macmullan, S Mohan, C Monteiro, M Rayner, D Sanders, W Snowdon, C Walker

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

journal

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

B Swinburn, S Vandervijvere, V Kraak, G Sacks, W Snowdon, C Hawkes, S Barquera, S Friel, B Kelly, S Kumanyika, M L'Abbe, A Lee, T Lobstein, J Ma, J Macmullan, S Mohan, C Monteiro, B Neal, M Rayner, D Sanders, C Walker

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

journal

Monitoring the levels of important nutrients in the food supply

B Neal, G Sacks, B Swinburn, S Vandevijvere, E Dunford, W Snowdon, J Webster, S Barquera, S Friel, C Hawkes, B Kelly, S Kumanyika, M L'Abbe, A Lee, T Lobstein, J Ma, J Macmullan, S Mohan, C Monterio, M Rayner, D Sanders, C Walker

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

journal

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

G Sacks, B Swinburn, V Kraak, S Downs, C Walker, S Barquera, S Friel, C Hawkes, B Kelly, S Kumanyika, M L'Abbe, A Lee, T Lobstein, J Ma, J Macmullan, S Mohan, C Monteiro, B Neal, M Rayner, D Sanders, W Snowdon, S Vandevijvere

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

journal

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

H Brinsden, T Lobstein, J Landon, V Kraak, G Sacks, S Kumanyika, B Swinburn, S Barquera, S Friel, C Hawkes, B Kelly, M L'Abbe, A Lee, J Ma, J Macmullen, S Mohan, C Monteiro, B Neal, M Rayner, D Sanders, W Snowdon, S Vandevijvere, C Walker

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

journal

Monitoring food and non-alcoholic beverage promotions to children

B Kelly, L King, L Baur, M Rayner, T Lobstein, C Monteiro, J Macmullan, S Mohan, S Barquera, S Friel, C Hawkes, S Kumanyika, M L'Abbe, A Lee, J Ma, B Neal, G Sacks, D Sanders, W Snowdon, B Swinburn, S Vandevijvere, C Walker

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

journal
2012

Policy change to create supportive environments for physical activity and healthy eating : which options are the most realistic for local government?

S Allender, E Gleeson, B Crammond, G Sacks, M Lawrence, A Peeters, B Loff, B Swinburn

(2012), Vol. 27, pp. 261-274, Health promotion international, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Government regulation to promote healthy food environments : a view from inside state governments

J Shill, H Mavoa, S Allender, M Lawrence, G Sacks, A Peeters, B Crammond, B Swinburn

(2012), Vol. 13, pp. 162-173, Obesity reviews, Oxford, England, C1

journal

An analysis of potential barriers and enablers to regulating the television marketing of unhealthy foods to children at the state government level in Australia

A Chung, J Shill, B Swinburn, H Mavoa, M Lawrence, B Loff, B Crammond, G Sacks, S Allender, A Peeters

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-6, BMC public health, London, England, C1-1

journal

Regulation to create environments conducive to physical activity : understanding the barriers and facilitators at the Australian State Government level

J Shill, H Mavoa, B Crammond, B Loff, A Peeters, M Lawrence, S Allender, G Sacks, B Swinburn

(2012), Vol. 7, pp. 1-11, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1

journal
2011

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

G Sacks, J Veerman, M Moodie, B Swinburn

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

journal

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

P Scarborough, M Burg, C Foster, B Swinburn, G Sacks, M Rayner, P Webster, S Allender

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

journal

The influence of caffeine on energy content of sugar-sweetened beverages : the caffeine-calorie effect

R Keast, D Sayompark, G Sacks, B Swinburn, L Riddell

(2011), Vol. 65, pp. 1338-1344, European journal of clinical nutrition, London, England, C1

journal

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

G Sacks, K Tikellis, L Millar, B Swinburn

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

journal

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

G Sacks, M Rayner, L Stockley, P Scarborough, W Snowdon, B Swinburn

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

journal

Quantification of the effect of energy imbalance on bodyweight

K Hall, G Sacks, D Chandramohan, C Chow, Y Wang, S Gortmaker, B Swinburn

(2011), Vol. 378, pp. 826-837, Quantification of the effect of energy imbalance on bodyweight, London, England, C1-1

journal

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

B Swinburn, G Sacks, K Hall, K McPherson, D Finegood, M Moodie, S Gortmaker

(2011), Vol. 378, pp. 804-814, Lancet, London, U. K., C1-1

journal
2009

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

B Swinburn, G Sacks, S Lo, K Westerterp, E Rush, M Rosenbaum, A Luke, D Schoeller, J DeLany, N Butte, E Ravussin

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

journal

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

G Sacks, B Swinburn, M Lawrence

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

journal

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

S Allender, E Gleeson, B Crammond, G Sacks, M Lawrence, A Peeters, B Loff, B Swinburn

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

journal

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

G Sacks, M Rayner, B Swinburn

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

journal

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

K Nnoaham, G Sacks, M Rayner, O Mytton, A Gray

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

journal

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

B Swinburn, G Sacks, E Ravussin

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

journal
2008

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

B Swinburn, G Sacks, T Lobstein, N Rigby, L Baur, K Brownell, T Gill, J Seidell, S Kumanyika

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

journal

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

C Burns, G Sacks, L Gold

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

journal

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

G Sacks, B Swinburn, M Lawrence

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

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Food policies for population health: evidence, influence and accountability

Dr Gary Sacks, Prof Steven Allender

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2017: $121,045
  • 2016: $114,660

A multi-component supermarket intervention to promote healthy eating

Dr Adrian Cameron, Dr Gary Sacks, A/Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Fabrice Etile, A/Prof Liliana Orellana

City of Greater Bendigo, NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2017: $260,082

Trends in discretionary food and drink sales in Australia, 2014-2017

Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Kathryn Backholer, Dr Adrian Cameron, Dr Gary Sacks

NHF Vanguard Grant - National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • 2017: $75,000

Reducing salt intake using food policy interventions

Prof Bruce Neal, Prof Caryl Nowson, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Mark Woodward, A/Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Prof Stephen Simpson, Prof Marj Moodie, Dr Jacqui Webster, Dr Gary Sacks, Dr Jason Wu

NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

  • 2017: $71,554

Other Public Sector Funding

Creating supermarket food environments that encourage healthy eating

Dr Adrian Cameron, Dr Gary Sacks

  • 2017: $20,000
  • 2016: $90,000
  • 2015: $90,000

A multi-component supermarket intervention to promote healthy eating

Dr Adrian Cameron, Dr Gary Sacks, A/Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Fabrice Etile, A/Prof Liliana Orellana

  • 2017: $50,000

Industry and Other Funding

Trends in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Australian children and adolescents

Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Ms Catherine Keating, Dr Gary Sacks

  • 2011: $18,639

Childhood Obesity Interventions - Evaluating the Cost-effectiveness of Strategies

Steven Gortmaker, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Rob Carter, Dr Gary Sacks

  • 2015: $12,649
  • 2013: $41,729
  • 2012: $42,746

P1.17 Benchmarking obesity prevention policies of Australian governments

Prof Andrew Wilson, Dr Gary Sacks

  • 2016: $44,300
  • 2015: $80,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2017

Melissa Amina Madeleine Cavallo Mialon

Thesis entitled: Monitoring the corporate political activity of the food industry

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (High Cost), School of Health & Social Development

Associate Supervisor
2017

Sirinya Phulkerd

Thesis entitled: Analysis of Policy Implementation for Healthier Food Environments in Thailand

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

2015

Maryam Delavari

Thesis entitled: The effect of acculturation & changing environment on obesity and its determinants among Iranian migrants in Victoria

Doctor of Philosophy (Health & Social Development), School of Health & Social Development