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5 October 2017
The outspoken health critic, who has also led high-profile campaigns in Britain to reduce childhood obesity, says there’s a correlation between the use of energy drinks and skipping breakfast
2 October 2017
ACCRA, GHANA – After finishing high school a decade ago, Mr Daniel Awaitey enrolled in computer courses, dropped out to work in a hotel, then settled into a well-paying job in the booming oil sector.
17 September 2017
IMPROVING the health of the nation with a clampdown on booze and fast food advertising will form the centrepiece of the Scottish Government’s new legislative programme.
9 September 2017
New research reveals daily dose of just 375g of fruit, vegetables and beans are sufficient to reduce risk of stroke, heart disease or premature death, and could help low-income consumers.
1 September 2017
The Department of Health has announced £5 million of funding for a new obesity policy research unit at University College London, tasked with investigating the deeper causes of childhood obesity and supporting delivery of the childhood obesity plan.
31 August 2017
French shoppers have reduced their consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables as economic pressures and demographic changes mean fewer people are eating the recommended five portions a day, according to think tank Crédoc.
29 August 2017
Supermarket breakfast products marketed as nutritious on-the-go options contain more sugar and are up to 18 times more expensive than one serving of two Weetbix and milk, according to new research.
the sydney morning herald
24 August 2017
Parents tasked with preparing school lunches might reach for convenient packaged foods, but the author of a new study says kids across Canada aren’t eating enough nutritious food during school hours.
the globe and mail
21 August 2017
It’s a year since the government’s long-awaited childhood obesity strategy was announced to harsh criticism from industry, health campaigners and everyone in between – but what has changed in the last 12 months?
15 August 2017
The idea that you can be overweight or obese yet healthy – if factors such as your blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol levels are normal – is a myth, according to a new study, and messaging around this should be changed.
13 August 2017
A team of researchers from major American land-grant universities recently published a study in BioScience challenging the familiar assertion that “to feed the world, we need to double food production by 2050.
12 August 2017
An academia-industry collaboration has agreed on a definition that makes the whole grain content in foods clearer in its labelling, with the aim of providing clarity for consumers and manufacturers.
1 August 2017
Free giveaways like movie character toys have a powerful influence over what kids want to eat and can even make them more likely to choose healthier options, research from Cancer Council Victoria suggests.
24 July 2017
For years, legislators and school leaders have been purging sugary items from lunch menus and school vending machines, but most students can still get their hands on one sweet treat, chocolate milk.
san francisco chronicle
18 July 2017
The harsh reality is, that the combination of low income and a food system which makes unhealthy food more convenient, attractive and frequently cheaper than healthy food, is toxic for children’s health.
huffington post uk
17 July 2017
Multiple studies have found that healthy eating habits, particularly the Mediterranean diet, which was originally developed to improve cardiovascular health, may now lower your risk of developing cognitive impairment up to 35%.
15 July 2017
Edible insects from Sumatra can provide a strategic solution for hunger problems and subsequent undernourishment due to their high essential fatty contents, researchers have concluded.
12 July 2017
Campaigners in France have demanded that Coca Cola European Partners stops marketing its Capri-Sun drink to children, as pressure grows on EU food and drink companies to ditch the use of cartoon characters on products “loaded with sugar, salt or fat”.
30 June 2017
Strict rules banning adverts for high in fat, salt and sugar products in all children’s media come into effect tomorrow, after numerous health campaigners called for tougher regulations.
27 June 2017
A survey carried out by Obesity Policy Coalition has created quite a buzz, and there are many who want a ban on cartoon characters used on food packaging to lure kids.
international business times
23 June 2017
Children will be weighed — and parents possibly put under tough scrutiny — any time they visit a hospital or health clinic, even a speech therapist, in a major new crackdown on obesity.
23 June 2017
A combination of diet, physical activity and behavioural change interventions appear to reduce weight more in children aged 12 to 17 than those aged six to 11, according to a two new Cochrane Reviews.
22 June 2017
As we emerge from yet another election to face yet more political turmoil, with no Government majority, no clear plan for Brexit and the country seemingly more divided than ever, we could almost be forgiven for neglecting the top threat to the health of children in the UK today – their expanding waistlines.
huffington post uk
9 June 2017
An international comparison, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, revealed several popular Australian soft drinks had glucose levels which were 22 per cent higher than those found in the United States.
the new daily
1 June 2017
Campaigners say Theresa May’s plan to replace free hot meals with breakfasts will cause huge disruption for schools and be bad for pupils, without saving as much money as the Tories’ say.
1 June 2017
Schools misled into ‘wasting millions’ on new kitchens and upgrades after receiving letters of encouragement from former education secretary Michael Gove.
30 May 2017
Thomasina Miers, who founded the chain restaurant Wahaca, found it ‘extraordinary’ that the Prime Minister failed to include tougher proposals in the new Childhood Obesity Plan which was published last August.
26 May 2017
Renowned restaurateur joins Jamie Oliver in condemning loss of ‘priceless’ bonding experience for children represented by proposals outlined in Conservative manifesto.
24 May 2017
The Prime Minister has been branded “the lunch snatcher” over plans that the Education Policy Institute claims could cost hard-working families up to £440 a year.
12 May 2017
As a practical method to curb the increase of sedentary lifestyle conditions and disorders like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and the blot of hypertension, India’s food regulator, The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), on Monday proposed to impose an additional fat tax on all packaged products, processed food and sweetened beverages.
10 May 2017
The department’s decision was based on a recommendation by a working group formed by the ministry of women and child development to stop schools from serving food high in fat, sugar and salt.
9 May 2017
The best evidence available suggests the UK does have one of the highest proportions of overweight and obese children, both in the EU and compared to a range of other industrialised nations around the globe.
5 May 2017
We desperately need to engage in a serious policy discussion on how to continue to make progress on the prevention and control of childhood obesity.
the huffington post
4 May 2017
If all of the children who currently are sedentary started exercising every day, societies could save enormous amounts of money in the coming decades and have healthier citizens as a whole, according to a remarkable new study.
the new york times
1 May 2017
Commissioner Phil Hogan warned of a backlash if food standards fall after Brexit He said a US-UK trade deal could lead to ‘chlorine chicken’ and ‘hormone beef’ Trade Secretary Liam Fox is pushing for a US-UK deal soon after Brexit happens The EU has warned Britain it faces a ‘bloodbath’ from the public and farmers […]
The Daily Mirror
29 April 2017
Pre-school age children who are exposed to child-targeted fast-food advertising on television are considerably more likely to consume fast-food products, according to a recent Dartmouth-led study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition.
Medical News Today
28 April 2017
Update: On April 27, the FDA filed notice that it will, in fact, delay the menu-labeling deadline and accept new comments on the rule from industry groups and other stakeholders.
26 April 2017
Asia’s food and nutrition companies risk turning their backs on a vast potential market if they fail to innovate and reformulate to provide products to help fight the war on diabetes.
food navigator asia
25 April 2017
In an effort to tackle obesity and dental problems, a growing number of Australian hospitals are restricting sugar-sweetened beverages such as Coke and Pepsi that health experts say have no nutritional value, just a whole lot of sugar.
Good Food Australia
14 April 2017
Coca-Cola secretly funded media training on obesity at a US university to influence journalists to report that a lack of exercise was more likely to cause obesity than consuming sugar.
11 April 2017
Obesity is a strong predictor of high blood pressure early in life, but a US study suggests the connection may be stronger for Hispanic and white teens than for adolescents in other racial and ethnic groups.
10 April 2017
Diabetes Canada is calling on the Gallant government to impose a tax on sugary drinks in New Brunswick, after the premier recently said he was concerned what impact the tax would have on a vulnerable sector of the province.
7 April 2017
Let us not get our hopes up, Public Health England (PHE) is in a very difficult position, faced with unprecedented levels of obesity and diabetes, with a nation that keeps getting fatter and sicker, the agency clearly has to act; The obesity and diabetes epidemics represent a “slow-motion disaster,” as Margaret Chan, director general of […]
7 April 2017
The news this week that more than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive has led to a lot of discussion over how to tackle the problem; But with no easy solution and rates of obesity rising fast has it come to the point that exercise should become part of our working day?
6 April 2017
The heavy costs of an increasingly obese population are well known, physical problems associated with a Body Mass Index over 30 include type 2 diabetes, strokes, and certain types of cancer; Psychological issues include depression and low self esteem, but there is also a significant financial price to pay.
5 April 2017
Patients are regularly urged by their doctors to quit drinking soda – only to leave the doctor’s office and come face to face with a Big Gulp; Not at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.
5 April 2017
The rising tide of obesity, the over-reliance on hospitals and the adult social care funding shortfall have left the National Health Service in a state of “crisis”, according to a new House of Lords report.
5 April 2017
EFSA will provide scientific advice on the daily intake of added sugar in food by early 2020; The Authority aims to establish a science-based cut-off value for daily exposure to added sugars from all sources which is not associated with adverse health effects.
5 April 2017
The EU Health Commissioner has said that taxation on certain ingredients and products can be a “very powerful” tool for tackling health issues, including obesity; Campaigners have welcomed his comments but food industry representatives said small businesses would be hit hardest.
3 April 2017
The world has vowed to eliminate poverty and hunger by 2030 as part of 169 sustainable development goals adopted in 2015; Yet, increasing urbanisation is posing new challenges to progress, according to a new report, and India is particularly vulnerable because it faces an additional twin burden of under- and over-nutrition.
1 April 2017
At a state school in Harrogate, Steve Ashburn is busy serving 950 lunches to hungry children – using ingredients sourced from local suppliers; The menu is impressive, options include Easingwold pork escalopes, stuffed with leek and Wensleydale cheese, followed by Wakefield rhubarb possett for dessert.
31 March 2017
a major study of the grocery-buying habits of millions of Americans released late last year found that people using food stamps generally make the same unhealthy food choices as everyone else in America; Too many sweets, salty snacks and prepared desserts.
los anegels times
30 March 2017
Chocolate bars and sweets are likely to get smaller as a result of a major push from Public Health England, which is urging the food industry to help fight obesity by cutting 20% of sugar from the main snacks and foods that children eat.
30 March 2017
“We can’t duck the fact a third of children are leaving primary school overweight or obese and obesity generally is having a profound effect, not just on the costs for the health service, but on the overall health of the nation.
29 March 2017
Japanese school lunches aren’t synonymous with “mystery meat,” but rather, shokuiku; It means “food and nutrition education,” and it’s a vital part of the Japanese child’s early education.
28 March 2017
The heavy costs of an increasingly obese population are well known; Physical problems associated with a Body Mass Index over 30 include type 2 diabetes, strokes, and certain types of cancer; Psychological issues include depression and low self esteem; But there is also a significant financial price to pay.
27 March 2017
The childhood obesity crisis is likely to become far worse unless the government stops the sale of discounted junk food and prevents advertising of unhealthy snacks before the watershed, MPs have said.
27 March 2017
Children of all ages are eating far too much sugar; Sugar is a key driver for the dangerously high levels of overweight and obesity in children in the UK.
obesity health alliance
27 March 2017
The five-colour NutriScore is the most effective nutrition label in promoting healthier food choices and will be adopted as the official (but voluntary) label in France, the health minister has said.
26 March 2017
The Horn of Africa was hit by the worst drought in 60 years just five years ago; Over 10 million people in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia were affected; The drought pushed fragile ecologies and economies into a catastrophic tipping point.
25 March 2017
No more than 12 per cent of beverages and 16 per cent of foods sold by nine leading Indian food and beverage companies were of “high nutritional quality”, according to the Access to Nutrition Index India Spotlight, 2016, a first of its kind survey.
25 March 2017
With five million clinically obese people living in Mexico City alone, the government introduced the levy to combat the problem – and now the UK is looking to follow their example.
24 March 2017
Subway advertising for junk food and alcohol in the Bronx was more common in neighborhoods with higher poverty rates, higher percentages of Hispanic residents and higher percentages of children in nearby residential areas, according to a study published Wednesday.
22 March 2017
Every year, Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) hold a week to highlight the importance of reducing salt intake throughout the world; This is done through lots of different events, creating media interest and generating awareness through local communities.
20 March 2017
Being aware of the amount of salt we’re consuming is an important factor in maintaining a healthy, balanced diet; As this week is Salt Awareness Week, we’ve pulled together some tips and tricks to help you keep an eye on the high levels of salt that can so often sneak into our meals.
14 March 2017
Young people today spend a lot of time staring at screens – immersed in video games, websites, social media, even old-fashioned TV – and during that time they are often bombarded with advertising, almost all of it for junk food.
the globe and mail
14 March 2017
Thanks to drink manufacturers reformulating sugar out of their products, the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) now predicts significantly less revenue from the sugar tax – but does this really signal a change in the public diet?
13 March 2017
After more than three hours of testimony at a public hearing that drew hundreds to City Hall, the Santa Fe City Council late Wednesday decided to ask voters this spring whether the city should impose a tax on sugary beverages to generate funds for early childhood education programs.
Education Santa Fe New Mexican
11 March 2017
Healthy child vouchers and increased taxation could help tackle the childhood obesity problem after more children are classed as overweight despite current government schemes to improve it
10 March 2017
Thriftiness is the foundation of many great cuisines – not least Britain’s; it’s time to reconnect with these traditions and cook our way out of a frighteningly casual habit of wasting food, says chef Dan Barber
9 March 2017
Scotland’s food regulator is pushing for a sugar tax to cover sweet treats like chocolate, ice cream and cake and wants a calorie cap on ‘eating out’ as part of a bid to tackle the nation’s obesity crisis.
7 March 2017
Selling high calorie foods in plain packaging could help in the battle against obesity according to a leading researcher who has won a share of the most lucrative prize in neuroscience for his work on the brain’s reward system.
3 March 2017
School canteens will have to predominantly sell freshly made food such as sandwiches, stir fries and pastas instead of packaged snacks as part of an overhaul of menus designed to combat the worsening obesity problem in children.
The Sydney Morning Herald
2 March 2017
Mexico’s sugar tax appears to be having a significant impact for the second year running in changing the habits of a nation famous for its love of Coca-Cola, and will encourage countries troubled by obesity and contemplating a tax of their own.
2 March 2017
The New York City public school system has quietly replaced breakfast cereals made by the Kellogg Company, the titan whose name is virtually synonymous with cereal, with those from a small California upstart called Back to the Roots.
The New York Times
28 February 2017
The UK’s health department and agency have hit back at a “quintessentially British” critique of the country’s childhood obesity strategy published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
27 February 2017
On the heels of a wave of trade-block break-ups – TTIP’s death, growing rumblings of NAFTA’s unhinging and the unlocking of the UK’s trade options post-Brexit – it is Canada and the E.
26 February 2017
A report released by the Maltese Presidency and the European Commission on Wednesday (22 February) says that childhood obesity should be tackled at an early stage and that schools can play a positive role in encouraging healthy eating habits.
25 February 2017
As food waste levels become higher than ever, UK start-up Spare Fruit is saving English apples and pears from ending up in the bin by turning them into healthy snacks.
24 February 2017
Australia could save AUD $3,4 billion (USD $2,3 billion) in healthcare costs over the remaining lifetimes of all Australians alive in 2010 by instituting a combination of taxes on unhealthy foods and subsidies on fruits and vegetables.
The Guardian NG
22 February 2017
Australia’s health policies should be radically overhauled to include the introduction of a sugar tax and a ban on selling junk food at schools, a landmark study has found.
The Huffington Post
22 February 2017
With the obesity rate now at nearly one-in-three adults, public health policy is taking a two-prong approach to the sugary drinks and salty snacks seen as the problem – Label acceptable products and tax those that are not.
21 February 2017
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger today launches a short inquiry into the extent of hunger amongst children during the school holidays, as well as the impact it has on their life chances.
21 February 2017
Ice cream vans could be banned from outside schools in Rochdale – health chiefs are considering the radical move in a bid to tackle soaring rates of childhood obesity and tooth decay in the borough.
Manchester evening news
20 February 2017
Nutrition labels do not seem to be adapted to battling public health issues such as obesity, the French food safety agency ANSES has concluded – but this is because they should not be used alone, say campaigners.
17 February 2017
A fetid pile of 1,3 billion tonnes – a third of all the food the world produced – went ‘off’ in fields, factories and family homes, says the FAO, belching out more noxious carbon than any country in the world, with the exception of China and the US.
14 February 2017
Chef Ann Cooper, a leading advocate for improving childhood nutrition and school food, looks at the progress made during the Obama administration, and the promises and challenges of the years to come.
13 February 2017
The guzzling of sugary beverages such as juice and energy drinks is projected to result in more than 63,000 deaths over the next 25 years in Canada, according to research commissioned by leading health charities.
12 February 2017
The rating comes from Healthy School Food Maryland, a coalition of 20 nonprofit and business organizations that work to promote healthy, safe and locally produced food for students.
the baltimore sun
11 February 2017
Food and beverage brands of all sizes and across categories are scrambling to reduce sugar in their products before FDA regulations mandating they indicate added and total sugar on the Nutrition Facts panel goes into effect in July 2018.
10 February 2017
The controversial proposal to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Santa Fe to fund pre-K schooling got its first official endorsement from a city committee on Wednesday.
8 February 2017
Nicola Blackwood, who is in charge of the Government’s childhood obesity strategy, said British children’s consumption of sugary food and soft drinks is among the highest in Europe.
3 February 2017
As one of only two authorities invited to parliament’s environment, food and rural affairs committee today, it will help in the country’s attempt to battle the economic, social and environmental impact of food waste.
1 February 2017
A new exercise regime which allows teachers and parents to monitor pupils’ activities throughout the school day is being rolled out across the country in a bid to eradicate childhood obesity.
30 January 2017
So far, Mayor Javier Gonzales and his supporters seem to have done their homework on an ambitious proposal for an early childhood education program to assure pre-K for every 3- or 4-year-old in Santa Fe.
27 January 2017
“Children living in the most deprived areas are much more likely to be in poor health, be overweight or obese, suffer from asthma, have poorly managed diabetes, experience mental health problems, and die early.
26 January 2017
Chingford children could be missing out on the best possible start in life because their parents don’t have the time, money or knowledge to help them lead a healthier lifestyle.
22 January 2017
The ‘Don’t tax healthy’ campaign, started by OPPO ice cream, is fighting for UK tax breaks on low sugar foods, saying a system of incentives for healthy alternatives should come before penalties.
20 January 2017
Latin America, once plagued by malnutrition, now faces a different type of public health crisis as processed food increasingly replaces traditionally prepared dishes, leading to a surge in obesity rates.
19 January 2017
A researcher involved with an eye-opening new study on the presence of added sugar in tens of thousands of food products, including many marketed as ‘healthy,’ says industry is a force to be reckoned with as new regulations are developed.
13 January 2017
School leaders, local councillors and parents have slammed the decision as they believe its arrival will increase obesity statistics.
10 January 2017
Under the plans major shops including Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco will display the signs after figures showed household food waste has risen for the first time in ten years.
5 January 2017
Coca-Cola Co was sued by activists who compare the beverage giant’s advertising tactics to the tobacco industry’s past efforts in minimizing the health effects of its products and targeting children to replenish the ranks of its customers.
21 December 2016
Harrods, the department store known for its luxurious wares, has shown its commitment to tackling food waste and hunger by becoming the latest retailer to back our Food for London campaign.
19 December 2016
The first ever study examining the likely impact of plans for a levy on sugary drinks suggests it could halt spiralling rates of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay over the past decade.
13 December 2016
School cafeterias often draw on less-than-pleasing stereotypes, with many thinking back to the days of servers in hairnets peddling unappetizing slop to lines of disappointed schoolchildren.
the washington post