A/Prof. Gary Sacks

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Position

Associate Professor, Research

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography

Associate Professor Gary Sacks is a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow at the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University. Gary’s research focuses on policies for the prevention of obesity and related diseases.

Gary has co-authored several international reports on obesity prevention, including the Lancet Commission on Obesity, and several reports for the World Health Organization. Gary also led the first-ever studies to benchmark progress on obesity prevention by Australian governments and food companies.

Gary co-founded INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity / non-communicable diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support) - a global network for monitoring food environments. Gary leads the component of INFORMAS dedicated to monitoring the actions of food companies in relation to obesity prevention and population nutrition.

Gary has a broad range of international public health research and policy experience. This includes research placements at the World Health Organization (Switzerland), the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (Australia), Harvard University (USA), the University of Oxford (UK), and the International Telecommunications Union (Switzerland).

Gary has a PhD in Public Health from Deakin University. He also 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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2020

Prevalence of healthy and unhealthy food and beverage price promotions and their potential influence on shopper purchasing behaviour: a systematic review of the literature

R Bennett, C Zorbas, O Huse, A Peeters, A Cameron, G Sacks, K Backholer

(2020), Vol. 21, pp. 1-21, Obesity Reviews, London, Eng., C1

journal article

A systematic review of the Australian food retail environment: characteristics, variation by geographic area, socioeconomic position and associations with diet and obesity

C Needham, G Sacks, L Orellana, E Robinson, S Allender, C Strugnell

(2020), Vol. 21, pp. 1-22, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Targeting children and their mothers, building allies and marginalising opposition: An analysis of two coca-cola public relations requests for proposals

B Wood, G Ruskin, G Sacks

(2020), Vol. 17, pp. 1-5, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Understanding the LiveLighter obesity prevention policy processes: An investigation using political science and systems thinking

B Clarke, B Swinburn, G Sacks

(2020), Vol. 246, pp. 1-10, Social Science and Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Building a systems thinking prevention workforce

M Bensberg, S Allender, G Sacks

(2020), pp. 1-11, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Increasing the price of alcohol as an obesity prevention measure: The potential cost-effectiveness of introducing a uniform volumetric tax and a minimum floor price on alcohol in Australia

E Robinson, P Nguyen, H Jiang, M Livingston, J Ananthapavan, A Lal, G Sacks

(2020), Vol. 12, pp. 1-15, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The modelled population obesity-related health benefits of reducing consumption of discretionary foods in Australia

A Lal, A Peeters, V Brown, P Nguyen, H Tran, T Nguyen, U Tonmukayakul, G Sacks, H Calache, J Martin, M Moodie, J Ananthapavan

(2020), Vol. 12, pp. 1-14, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The application of an evidence framework for obesity prevention at the population-level

G Sacks, J Kwon, J Ananthapavan

(2020), Vol. 9, pp. 150-158, Current obesity reports, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

Benchmarking the transparency, comprehensiveness and specificity of population nutrition commitments of major food companies in Malaysia

S Ng, G Sacks, B Kelly, H Yeatman, E Robinson, B Swinburn, S Vandevijvere, K Chinna, M Ismail, T Karupaiah

(2020), Vol. 16, pp. 1-19, Globalization and health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The association between national income and adult obesity prevalence: Empirical insights into temporal patterns and moderators of the association using 40 years of data across 147 countries

D Talukdar, S Seenivasan, A Cameron, G Sacks

(2020), Vol. 15, pp. 1-17, PLoS ONE, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal article

The advertising policies of major social media platforms overlook the imperative to restrict the exposure of children and adolescents to the promotion of unhealthy foods and beverages

G Sacks, E Looi

(2020), Vol. 17, pp. 1-10, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

A comprehensive overview and qualitative analysis of government-led nutrition policies in Australian institutions

E Rosewarne, A Hoek, G Sacks, L Wolfenden, J Wu, J Reimers, K Corben, M Moore, C Ni Mhurchu, J Webster

(2020), Vol. 20, pp. 1-15, BMC Public Health, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

An 11-country study to benchmark the implementation of recommended nutrition policies by national governments using the Healthy Food Environment Policy Index, 2015-2018

Stefanie Vandevijvere, Simon Barquera, Gabriela Caceres, Camila Corvalan, Tilakavati Karupaiah, Maria Kroker-Lobos, Mary L'Abb, See Ng, Sirinya Phulkerd, Manuel Ramirez-Zea, Salome Rebello, Marcela Reyes, Gary Sacks, Carmen Snchez Nchez, Karina Sanchez, David Sanders, Mark Spires, Rina Swart, Viroj Tangcharoensathien, Zoey Tay, Anna Taylor, Lizbeth Tolentino-Mayo, Rob Van Dam, Lana Vanderlee, Fiona Watson, Clare Whitton, Boyd Swinburn

(2019), Vol. 20, pp. 57-66, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

The global syndemic of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change: the Lancet Commission report

Boyd Swinburn, Vivica Kraak, Steven Allender, Vincent Atkins, Phillip Baker, Jessica Bogard, Hannah Brinsden, Alejandro Calvillo, Olivier De Schutter, Raji Devarajan, Majid Ezzati, Sharon Friel, Shifalika Goenka, Ross Hammond, Gerard Hastings, Corinna Hawkes, Mario Herrero, Peter Hovmand, Mark Howden, Lindsay Jaacks, Ariadne Kapetanaki, Matt Kasman, Harriet Kuhnlein, Shiriki Kumanyika, Bagher Larijani, Tim Lobstein, Michael Long, Victor Matsudo, Susanna Mills, Gareth Morgan, Alexandra Morshed, Patricia Nece, An Pan, David Patterson, Gary Sacks, Meera Shekar, Geoff Simmons, Warren Smit, Ali Tootee, Stefanie Vandevijvere, Wilma Waterlander, Luke Wolfenden, William Dietz

(2019), Vol. 393, pp. 791-846, Lancet, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Assessment of the stated policies of prominent food companies related to obesity and non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention in Thailand

Nisachol Cetthakrikul, Sirinya Phulkerd, Nongnuch Jaichuen, Gary Sacks, Viroj Tangcharoensathien

(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 1-10, Globalization and health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Issues in measuring the healthiness of food environments and interpreting relationships with diet, obesity and related health outcomes

Gary Sacks, Ella Robinson, Adrian Cameron

(2019), Vol. 8, pp. 98-111, Current obesity reports, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

Cost-effectiveness of community-based childhood obesity prevention interventions in Australia

Jaithri Ananthapavan, Phuong Nguyen, Steven Bowe, Gary Sacks, Ana Mantilla Herrera, Boyd Swinburn, Vicki Brown, Rohan Sweeney, Anita Lal, Claudia Strugnell, Marj Moodie

(2019), Vol. 43, pp. 1102-1112, International journal of obesity, London, Eng., C1

journal article

An accountability evaluation for the International Food & Beverage Alliance's Global Policy on Marketing Communications to Children to reduce obesity: a narrative review to inform policy

Vivica Kraak, Sofia Rincn-Gallardo Patio, Gary Sacks

(2019), Vol. 20, pp. 90-106, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

The performance and potential of the Australasian Health Star Rating system: a four-year review using the RE-AIM framework

Alexandra Jones, Anne Thow, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Gary Sacks, Bruce Neal

(2019), Vol. 43, pp. 355-365, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Benchmarking the commitments related to population nutrition and obesity prevention of major food companies in New Zealand

A Kasture, S Vandevijvere, E Robinson, G Sacks, B Swinburn

(2019), International journal of public health, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

Food and beverage price promotions: an untapped policy target for improving population diets and health

K Backholer, G Sacks, A Cameron

(2019), Vol. 8, pp. 250-255, Current nutrition reports, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

BIA-Obesity (Business Impact Assessment-Obesity and population-level nutrition): a tool and process to assess food company policies and commitments related to obesity prevention and population nutrition at the national level

G Sacks, L Vanderlee, E Robinson, S Vandevijvere, A Cameron, C Ni Mhurchu, A Lee, S Ng, T Karupaiah, L Vergeer, M L'Abb, B Swinburn

(2019), Vol. 20, pp. 78-89, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

National policies to prevent obesity in early childhood: using policy mapping to compare policy lessons for Australia with six developed countries

E Esdaile, A Thow, T Gill, G Sacks, R Golley, P Love, L Wen, C Rissel

(2019), Vol. 20, pp. 1542-1556, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Price promotions by food category and product healthiness in an Australian supermarket chain, 2017-2018

Devorah Riesenberg, Kathryn Backholer, Christina Zorbas, Gary Sacks, Anna Paix, Josephine Marshall, Miranda Blake, Rebecca Bennett, Anna Peeters, Adrian Cameron

(2019), Vol. 109, pp. 1434-1439, American journal of public health, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article

The revolving door between government and the alcohol, food and gambling industries in Australia

Narelle Robertson, Gary Sacks, Peter Miller

(2019), Vol. 29, pp. 1-8, Public health research & practice, Ultimo, N.S.W., C1

journal article

A multi-country survey of public support for food policies to promote healthy diets: findings from the International Food Policy Study

J Kwon, A Cameron, D Hammond, C White, L Vanderlee, J Bhawra, G Sacks

(2019), Vol. 19, pp. 1-10, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Corporations' use and misuse of evidence to influence health policy: A case study of sugar-sweetened beverage taxation

G Fooks, S Williams, G Box, G Sacks

(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 1-20, Globalization and Health, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Systematic review of the impact of nutrition claims related to fat, sugar and energy content on food choices and energy intake

L Oostenbach, E Slits, E Robinson, G Sacks

(2019), Vol. 19, pp. 1-11, BMC Public Health, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

The potential cost-effectiveness of mandatory restrictions on price promotions for sugar-sweetened beverages in Australia

O Huse, J Ananthapavan, G Sacks, A Cameron, C Zorbas, A Peeters, M Moodie, J Martin, K Backholer

(2019), pp. 1-10, International Journal of Obesity, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Investigating menu kilojoule labelling policy adoption from a political science perspective

B Clarke, B Swinburn, G Sacks

(2019), Vol. 89, pp. 1-12, Food Policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2018

How food companies influence evidence and opinion-straight from the horse's mouth

G Sacks, B Swinburn, A Cameron, G Ruskin

(2018), Vol. 28, pp. 253-256, Critical public health, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Paying people to lose weight: the effectiveness of financial incentives provided by health insurers for the prevention and management of overweight and obesity - a systematic review

J Ananthapavan, A Peeterson, G Sacks

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 605-613, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Implementation lessons for school food policies and marketing restrictions in the Philippines: a qualitative policy analysis

Erica Reeve, Anne Thow, Colin Bell, Katrin Engelhardt, Ella Gamolo-Naliponguit, John Go, Gary Sacks

(2018), Vol. 14, pp. 1-14, Globalization and health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The potential cost-effectiveness and equity impacts of restricting television advertising of unhealthy food and beverages to Australian children

Vicki Brown, Jaithri Ananthapavan, Lennert Veerman, Gary Sacks, Anita Lal, Anna Peeters, Kathryn Backholer, Marjory Moodie

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 1-14, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Cost-effectiveness of product reformulation in response to the health star rating food labelling system in Australia

Ana Mantilla Herrera, Michelle Crino, Holly Erskine, Gary Sacks, Jaithri Ananthapavan, Cliona Mhurchu, Yong Lee

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 1-16, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Measuring the healthiness of the packaged food supply in Australia

Michelle Crino, Gary Sacks, Elizabeth Dunford, Kathy Trieu, Jacqui Webster, Stefanie Vandevijvere, Boyd Swinburn, Jason Wu, Bruce Neal

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 1-17, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Investing for health: potential mechanisms for the investment community to contribute to obesity prevention and improved nutrition

Gary Sacks, Ella Robinson

(2018), Vol. 7, pp. 211-219, Current obesity reports, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Extending the paradigm: a policy framework for healthy and equitable eating (HE)

M Pescud, S Friel, A Lee, G Sacks, E Meertens, R Carter, M Cobcroft, E Munn, J Greenfield

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 3477-3481, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Carbon pricing of food in Australia: an analysis of the health, environmental and public finance impacts

Marco Springmann, Gary Sacks, Jaithri Ananthapavan, Peter Scarborough

(2018), Vol. 42, pp. 523-529, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Understanding health promotion policy processes: a study of the government adoption of the Achievement Program in Victoria, Australia

Brydie Clarke, Boyd Swinburn, Gary Sacks

(2018), Vol. 15, pp. 1-19, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Corporate political activity of major food companies in Thailand: an assessment and policy recommendations

Nongnuch Jaichuen, Sirinya Phulkerd, Nisachol Certthkrikul, Gary Sacks, Viroj Tangcharoensathien

(2018), Vol. 14, pp. 1-11, Globalization and health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Assessing Cost-Effectiveness of Obesity Prevention Policies in Australia 2018 (ACE-Obesity Policy)

Jaithri Ananthapavan, Gary Sacks, Vicki Brown, Marj Moodie, Phuong Nguyen, Jan Barendregt, Lennert Veerman, Ana Mantilla Herrera, Anita Lal, Anna Peeters, Rob Carter

(2018), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
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 article

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 article

'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 article

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 article

Preschool and school meal policies: an overview of what we know about regulation, implementation, and impact on diet in the UK, Sweden, and Australia

P Lucas, E Patterson, G Sacks, N Billich, C Evans

(2017), Vol. 9, pp. 1-20, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

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, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Modelled cost-effectiveness of a package size cap and a kilojoule reduction intervention to reduce energy intake from sugar-sweetened beverages in Australia

M Crino, A Herrera, J Ananthapavan, J Wu, B Neal, Y Lee, M Zheng, A Lal, G Sacks

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

journal article

Effects of different types of front-of-pack labelling information on the healthiness of food purchases-a randomised controlled trial

Bruce Neal, Michelle Crino, Elizabeth Dunford, Annie Gao, Rohan Greenland, Nicole Li, Judith Ngai, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Simone Pettigrew, Gary Sacks, Jacqui Webster, Jason Wu

(2017), Vol. 9, pp. 1-14, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article
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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

A systematic review of the effectiveness of supermarket-based interventions involving product, promotion, or place on the healthiness of consumer purchases

A Cameron, E Charlton, W Ngan, G Sacks

(2016), Vol. 5, pp. 129-138, Current nutrition reports, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

A review of population-level actions targeting reductions in food portion sizes to address obesity and related non-communicable diseases

M Crino, G Sacks, J Wu

(2016), Vol. 5, pp. 323-332, Current nutrition reports, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article
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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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

E Charlton, L Khknen, G Sacks, A Cameron

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

journal article
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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article
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, C1

journal article

Cost-Effectiveness of Fiscal Policies to Prevent Obesity

Marj Moodie, Lauren Sheppard, Gary Sacks, Catherine Keating, Anna Flego

(2013), Vol. 2, pp. 211-224, CURRENT OBESITY REPORTS, C1

journal article

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'Abb, 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, C1

journal article

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'Abb, M Rayner, D Sanders, S Barquera, S Friel, B Kelly, S Kumanyika, T Lobstein, J Ma, J Macmullan, S Mohan, C Monteiro, B Neal, C Walker

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 82-95, Obesity Reviews, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

Monitoring foods and beverages provided and sold in public sector settings

M L'Abb, A Schermel, L Minaker, B Kelly, A Lee, S Vandevijvere, 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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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'Abb, 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, C1

journal article

Monitoring and benchmarking government policies and actions to improve the healthiness of food environments: A proposed government healthy food environment policy index

B Swinburn, S Vandevijvere, V Kraak, G Sacks, W Snowdon, C Hawkes, S Barquera, S Friel, B Kelly, S Kumanyika, M L'Abb, 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, C1

journal article

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'Abb, A Lee, T Lobstein, J Ma, J Macmullan, S Mohan, C Monteiro, M Rayner, D Sanders, C Walker

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 49-58, Obesity Reviews, C1

journal article

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'Abb, 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, C1

journal article

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'Abb, 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, C1

journal article

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'Abb, 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, C1

journal article
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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, BMC Public Health, C1-1

journal article

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, PLoS ONE, C1-1

journal article
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, International Journal of Obesity, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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 Clinical Nutrition, C1

journal article

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, The Lancet, London, England, C1-1

journal article

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, The Lancet, C1-1

journal article
2009

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

B Swinburn, G Sacks, K Sing, 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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article
2008

The 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, C1

journal article

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. 450-453, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, C1

journal article

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, Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Food policies for population health: evidence, influence and accountability

A/Prof Gary Sacks

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2018: $111,268
  • 2017: $121,045
  • 2016: $114,660

P1.17 Benchmarking obesity prevention policies of Australian governments

Prof Andrew Wilson, A/Prof Gary Sacks

The Sax Institute

  • 2016: $44,300
  • 2015: $80,000

A multi-component supermarket intervention to promote healthy eating

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

NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2020: $38,813
  • 2019: $165,732
  • 2018: $211,711
  • 2017: $148,514

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

Prof Anna Peeters, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, A/Prof 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, A/Prof Gary Sacks, Dr Jason Wu, Dr Carley Grimes

NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

  • 2020: $53,665
  • 2019: $107,331
  • 2018: $187,829
  • 2017: $44,721

A Center of Research Excellence in Food Retail Environments for Health (RE-FRESH)

Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Julie Brimblecombe, Prof Steven Allender, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, Prof Amanda Lee, A/Prof Gary Sacks, Prof Marj Moodie, A/Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Bruce Neal

NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

  • 2020: $315,014
  • 2019: $333,411
  • 2018: $87,972

Policies for obesity prevention: generating the evidence and increasing accountability for action

A/Prof Gary Sacks

NHF Future Leader Fellowship - National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • 2020: $134,995
  • 2019: $133,985

BP3: Diet and chronic disease prevention: supporting implementation of priority actions in the food and nutrition system (Boosting Prevention Project via the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre)

Prof Amanda Lee, Prof Sharon Friel, A/Prof Gary Sacks, Prof Anna Peeters

MRFF Boosting Preventive Health Research Program

  • 2020: $101,856
  • 2019: $169,758

Supporting food companies to implement policies for improving population nutrition

A/Prof Gary Sacks, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Prof Bruce Neal, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters, Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan

VicHealth - NHMRC Partnership Project Grants

  • 2020: $50,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Creating supermarket food environments that encourage healthy eating

A/Prof Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Gary Sacks

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

A multi-component supermarket intervention to promote healthy eating

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

  • 2019: $50,000
  • 2018: $50,000
  • 2017: $50,000

Food environment inequalities and obesity in Victorian Growth Areas, from paddock to shopping centre gate

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Prof Steven Allender, A/Prof Gary Sacks, Prof Liliana Orellana, Mrs Cindy Needham

  • 2020: $7,254
  • 2019: $90,000
  • 2018: $90,000

Supporting food companies to implement policies for improving population nutrition

A/Prof Gary Sacks, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Prof Bruce Neal, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters, Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan

  • 2020: $68,181

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, A/Prof Gary Sacks

  • 2011: $18,639

Childhood Obesity Interventions - Evaluating the Cost-effectiveness of Strategies

Steven Gortmaker, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Emeritus Professor Rob Carter, A/Prof Gary Sacks

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

Effectiveness of health promotion interventions delivered by local councils for healthy eating, physical activity, alcohol harm prevention and smoking cessation.

Prof Anna Peeters, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Catherine Bennett, Dr Claudia Strugnell, A/Prof Gary Sacks, A/Prof Adrian Cameron

  • 2019: $75,000

Queensland Health and TAPPC rapid review: healthy eating and physical activity.

A/Prof Gary Sacks, Prof Anna Peeters, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer

  • 2019: $26,000

International food policy study: Evaluating the impact of food labelling, marketing, and fiscal nutrition policies

Dr David Hammond, Dr Jean Adams, Dr Simon Barquera, Ms Jasmin Bhawra, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Joel Dubin, Dr Samantha Goodman, Dr Alejandra Jauregui, A/Prof Sharon Kirkpatrick, Dr Tarra Penney, Dr Monique Potvin Kent, Asst/Prof Christina Roberto, A/Prof Gary Sacks, Dr James Thrasher, Dr Lana Vanderlee, Prof Martin White

  • 2020: $16,311

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2018

Brydie Clarke

Thesis entitled: Understanding obesity prevention policy decision-making processes: A case study of Healthy Together Victoria using political and systems sciences

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

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