Expert Committee on Obesity (ECO)

Latest update: 04 October 2011

The role of the ECO is to assist and advise on the Agency’s policy and program directions where requested, to support the Agency’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in providing advice to health ministers where necessary, and any other advice requested by the CEO on healthy lifestyle-related issues. The Committee’s advice and recommendations may include more than one option for consideration where the ECO is unable to agree on a single outcome or model for best practice.

Committee Terms of Reference

Specifically the Expert Committee on Obesity will:
  • provide advice to the CEO on the development of robust, evidence-based, defensible public policy on community based interventions (including in schools and workplaces), that encourage people to improve their physical activity and healthy eating- particularly in areas of disadvantage and among groups at high risk of overweight and obesity
  • provide advice on the development, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive and effective social marketing, education and community awareness programs that encourage people to improve their levels of physical activity and healthy eating, and
  • any other function relating to preventive health that the CEO may request advice on relating to physical activity and healthy eating.

At its discretion, the ECO may also bring to the Agency's attention any matters which it deems to be necessary, relevant or current.

Composition of the Committee

The Committee will comprise 6 - 8 members, appointed by the CEO.

The members bring with them a wide range of knowledge and expertise in relation to physical activity and healthy eating. In particular members of the committee will bring experience in relation to specific population groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and knowledge of effective approaches to obesity prevention.

The members appointed to the Committee are listed below.

MemberContributing Expertise
Professor Ian Caterson - Chair Research into the causes and prevention of obesity, nutrition and diabetes
Professor Adrian BaumanPhysical inactivity, public policy and translational research
Ms Rebecca BousteadIndustry, food marketing and reformulation
Mr Todd HarperSocial marketing and health promotion
Ms Jane MartinAdvocacy and policy development in obesity prevention
Dr Amanda LeeObesity prevention within state and territory governments and issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Dr Lyn RobertsCardiovascular disease programs and policy, community engagement
Professor Boyd SwinburnCommunity-based obesity prevention research, global policy advocate for obesity prevention


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