A Review of Population-level Actions Targeting Reductions in Food Portion Sizes to Address Obesity and Related Non-Communicable Diseases



Poor diet is one of the leading contributors to the burden of disease globally. Reducing the portion size of commonly purchased food and beverages has been identified as a promising approach for reducing obesity and related non-communicable diseases across populations. To date, there have been few public health interventions designed to address portion size. Of those that have been developed, the majority are voluntary and at the discretion of food manufacturers to implement. Future public health actions targeting portion size could include the standardisation of portions across food categories, portion size caps on unhealthy foods and restrictions to prevent the marketing of larger portion sizes as ‘value-for-money’.


Michelle Crino

The George Institute for Global Health

Michelle Crino is a PhD student and FoodSwitch Database Manager at The George Institute for Global Health. Her work involves analyses and monitoring of food supply-based policies and nutritional composition of foods across countries.

In March 2014 Michelle commenced a PhD at the University of Sydney, School of Public Health. Collaborating with the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence on Food and Obesity Systems, and the International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS), Michelle’s project will provide new evidence on the effects of food/obesity policies on nutritional composition of processed foods on an international scale.

Michelle also works on a variety of FoodSwitch-related projects. As FoodSwitch Database Manager, Michelle co-ordinates, trains and provides advice and support to countries looking to develop food composition databases as well as FoodSwitch smartphone-applications. Additionally her work extends