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Global trends and patterns of commercial milk-based formula sales: is an unprecedented infant and young child feeding transition underway?

Author/s (editor/s):

Baker, P
Smith, J
Salmon, L
Friel, S
Kent, G
Iellamo, A
Dadhich, JP
Renfrew, MJ

Publication year:

2016

Publication type:

Journal article

Find this publication at:
http://journals.cambridge.org/phn/baker

Abstract

Objective: The marketing of infant/child milk-based formulas (MF) contributes to suboptimal breast-feeding and adversely affects child and maternal health outcomes globally. However, little is known about recent changes in MF markets. The present study describes contemporary trends and patterns of MF sales at the global, regional and country levels.

Design: Descriptive statistics of trends and patterns in MF sales volume per infant/child for the years 2008–2013 and projections to 2018, using industry-sourced data.

Setting: Eighty countries categorized by country income bracket, for developing countries by region, and in countries with the largest infant/child populations.

Subjects: MF categories included total (for ages 0–36 months), infant (0–6 months),follow-up (7–12 months), toddler (13–36 months) and special (0–6 months). Results: In 2008–2013 world total MF sales grew by 40·8% from 5·5 to 7·8 kg per infant/child/year, a figure predicted to increase to 10·8 kg by 2018. Growth was most rapid in East Asia particularly in China, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam and was led by the infant and follow-up formula categories. Sales volume per infant/ child was positively associated with country income level although with wide variability between countries.

Conclusions: A global infant and young child feeding (IYCF) transition towards diets higher in MF is underway and is expected to continue apace. The observed increase in MF sales raises serious concern for global child and maternal health, particularly in East Asia, and calls into question the efficacy of current regulatory regimes designed to protect and promote optimal IYCF. The observed changes have not been captured by existing IYCF monitoring systems.

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Baker, P., Smith, J., Salmon, L., Friel, S., Kent, G., Iellamo, A., Dadhich, JP, Renfrew, M. J (2016) Global trends and patterns of commercial milk-based formula sales: is an unprecedented infant and young child feeding transition underway? Public Health Nutrition. 2016: 1-11. doi:10.1017/S1368980016001117

Safe surgey in Australian Hospitals: Implementation of the Correct Patient, Correct Site, Correct Procedure Protocol

Author/s (editor/s):

Healy, Judith

Publication year:

2008

Publication type:

Government and community sector reports

Find this publication at:
http://regnet.anu.edu.au/research/publications/3099/no-12b-safe-surgery-australi...

Cite the publication as

Healy, Judith (2008) Safe surgey in Australian Hospitals: Implementation of the Correct Patient, Correct Site, Correct Procedure Protocol. Report to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Trade Policy and Public Health

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Author/s (editor/s):

Sharon Friel
Libby Hattersley
Ruth Townsend

Publication year:

2015

Publication type:

Journal article

Find this publication at:
Annual Review of Public Health website

Trade policy influences health equity outcomes through the distribution of power, money, and resources between and within countries writes RegNet Director Sharon Friel together with ANU colleagues Libby Hattersley and Ruth Townsend, in their new article ‘Trade Policy and Public Health’ published this month in the The Annual Review of Public Health.

Cite the publication as

Friel, S, L Hattersley and R Townsend (2015) ‘Trade Policy and Public Health’ Annual Review of Public Health, vol. 36: 325-344.

An integrated approach to identifying and characterising resilient urban food systems to promote population health in a changing climate

Author/s (editor/s):

Sarah, W. James
Sharon Friel

Publication year:

2015

Publication type:

Journal article

In their recently published article looking at the the climate resilience, equity and healthfulness of urban food systems, Sarah James and Sharon Friel have found that industrial food production can be more environmentally sustainable than alternative systems.

Read the entire article online.

Cite the publication as

James, Sarah W. and Sharon Friel, (2015) ‘An integrated approach to identifying and characterising resilient urban food systems to promote population health in a changing climate’, Public Health Nutrition, 1-11.

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