• Obesity Resources

    For tips on how to Live Lighter go to – https://livelighter.com.au/

    Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Infographic


    WA Health article


    The Health Star Rating is a front-of-pack labelling system that rates the overall nutritional profile of packaged food and assigns it a rating from ½ a star to 5 stars. It provides a quick, easy, standard way to compare similar packaged foods. The more stars, the healthier the choice

    For tips on how to understand the Health Star Rating go to – http://healthstarrating.gov.au/internet/healthstarrating/publishing.nsf/content/home


  • New data on WA burden of disease

    The Epidemiology Branch has released a fact sheet on the Overview of the burden of disease in Western Australia, 2011. This is the first fact sheet in a series providing the most recent available WA data for 200 diseases and nearly 30 risk factors from the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011.

    To download the fact sheet, please click here.


    The Australian Health Star Rating (HSR) front-of-pack labelling system is now running across the country. The Health Star Rating system was developed by the Australian, state and territory governments in collaboration with industry, public health and consumer groups.  The labelling scheme aims to help shoppers easily compare similar packaged foods to help them make healthier choices based on the number of stars and the other descriptors below.

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    The Health Star Rating system has been operational since June 2014. Adoption of the system is voluntary for the next five years, and progress will be reviewed after two years. A new campaign promoting the Health Star Rating is being run June-August 2015.

    Key Messages

    What do the stars mean?

    · Health Star Ratings provide an easy, standard way for consumers to compare the nutritional profile of similar packaged foods, at-a-glance.

    · The Health Star Rating graphic can be displayed on the front of packaged food products.

    · The Health Star Rating system provides at-a-glance nutritional information to help consumers make informed and healthier food choices that can
    lead to better health.

    How to use the Health Star Rating system?

    · Stars are calculated by assessing the amount of energy, saturated fat, sugars, sodium, fruit, vegetable, nut and legume content as well as dietary fibre and protein.

    · A high Health Star Rating does not necessarily mean that the food provides all of the essential nutrients that are required for a balanced and healthy diet.

    · To help maintain a healthy lifestyle, the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend eating a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods from the five food groups every day and to limit foods that are high in saturated fat, added sodium and sugars.

    Useful information and resources about the Health Star Rating system is available on the Health Star website




    Food labels carry information that will help you to make good food choices. Visit this page provided by Vic Health to make it easier for you to understand food labels.