Health and Vitality

Councils must control takeaway exposure, says PHE

England’s poorest areas are fast-food hotspots, with five times more outlets found in these communities than in the most affluent, according to a new analysis by Public Health England. A map, chart and accompanying data published by PHE show the variation in density of fast-food outlets in local authorities across England, ranging from 26 to…
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Vegans left disappointed by food choices

It’s boom time for vegan and vegetarian eating, but food businesses are failing to keep customers happy. A survey of 1,000 consumers in the UK and US found that 46% of vegans and 23% of vegetarians are dissatisfied with the choice of food products available to them. Dissatisfaction with product choice was higher in the…
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Sugar remains key concern in FSA survey

The amount of sugar in food remains the top worry for consumers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Concern about sugar has risen more than any other issue since the Food Standards Agency (FSA) started its biannual public attitudes tracker in November 2010 (from 39% to 55%). Other concerns in the latest wave of the…
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Questions remain over junk food marketing rules

Do new rulings on online adverts for sweets and chocolate show self-regulation is working or woefully inadequate? In July 2017, the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), placed restrictions on the advertising of food and drink high in salt, sugar and fat (HFSS) to children online and via other non-broadcast media. This month, Cadbury, Chewits and…
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Soft drinks levy a “double success”

The three-tier levy on sugar-sweetened drinks has achieved its aim. In fact, it’s been a “double success” that could provide a model for future sugar policies, according to an opinion piece published in the British Medical Journal. Firstly, products have been reformulated: two soft drinks of public health significance remain subject to the highest levy,…
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Ready meals not fit for flexitarians

Meat still dominates the ready meal aisles of UK supermarkets, according to an analysis by the Eating Better campaign. In a survey of 1,350 ready meals, only 3% were plant-based (without meat, fish, dairy or egg), whilst 77% had meat as the main ingredient. Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s offered the most variety in terms of…
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Sugary drinks sales slashed at hospitals

The proportion of sugary drinks sold on NHS premises has been cut from 15.6% to 8.7%. Last year, Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, challenged trusts to reduce the sale of sugar-filled drinks to 10% or less of those bought on the premises. So far, the equivalent of 1.1m cans of fizzy drink, and 10…
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Scots urged to say no to super-sized meal deals

Almost one in two Scots (45%) don’t think about the extra calories from upsizing – going large, buying meal deals or adding sides and extras. Research by Food Standards Scotland, launched at the start of its #NoToUpsizing campaign, also found that one third of women in Scotland feel they are encouraged to upsize too often…
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Climate change will restrict availability of healthy foods

Global production of vegetables and legumes could be significantly reduced as temperatures rise and water availability falls. A research team led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) conducted a systematic review of all the available evidence in order to estimate the effects on the yields and nutritional quality of crops as…
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