The impact of trans fat regulation on social inequalities in coronary heart disease in Australia

Kathryn Backholer and Anna Peeters
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11422
Published online: 5 August 2013

To the Editor: The evidence that industrially produced trans fatty acids (TFAs) increase the risk of coronary heart disease is compelling, and it is widely agreed that their use in food products should be minimised.1-3 Dietary TFAs are generally found in higher quantities in “unhealthy” food products,4 consumption of which is also found to follow predictable socio-demographic patterns.5 Thus, although the average TFA intake for Australians is relatively low, socioeconomically disadvantaged people are likely to disproportionately represent those with above average intakes.

  • Kathryn Backholer
  • Anna Peeters

  • Obesity and Population Health, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, VIC.


Kathryn Backholer is supported by an Australian National Preventive Health Agency grant (188PEE2011), and an Australian Research Council linkage grant (LP120100418). Anna Peeters is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship.

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