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Labour pledges more radical obesity policies

A Labour government would introduce more stringent restrictions on junk food advertising to children and extend the soft drinks levy to cover milkshakes. Speaking at this week’s Food Matters Live conference in London, shadow health minister Jon Ashworth said the government’s childhood obesity strategy should have been far more radical and promised that a Labour…
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Chance of meeting obesity targets ‘less than 1%’

Obesity levels are on the rise across the world with almost every country now facing a serious nutrition-related challenge. This year’s Global Nutrition Report found that 2 billion of the world’s 7 billion people are now overweight or obese, meaning there is a less than 1% chance of meeting the global target of halting the…
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Scotland to create first foodservice obesity plan

Scottish ministers are to consult on plans to take action on calorie labelling and portion size in the out of home sector as part of a new approach to tackling obesity. A consultation document published on Thursday set out the Scottish Government’s intention to produce the country’s first sector specific strategy for out of home…
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OOH sector needs regulating to reduce obesity

Food Standards Scotland has attacked the country’s foodservice industry for failing to deliver healthier options and fuelling obesity. The “food and drink provided by this sector is skewed towards less healthy options”, FSS noted in papers published this month. The regulator – which unlike in England has additional responsibility for diet – called for an…
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Obesity plan “severely limited” say health experts

Medical experts have launched a scathing attack on the UK government’s childhood obesity plan. An analysis published in the British Medical Journal, claims the strategy is “severely limited” with strong actions “conspicuous by their absence”. In addition, “the desired discussion of anti-obesogenic medicine had been watered down to an emphasis on voluntary actions by industry,…
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A (sizeable) step in the right direction

The Childhood Obesity Plan could have gone further but it’s much better than the Responsibility Deal, says Bidvest Foodservice’s David Jones. By 2035 almost three in four adults will be overweight or obese, with levels in the UK more than trebling in the past 30 years. Over the past decade the government has attempted to…
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Restrictions on takeaways needed to tackle obesity

People who live or work near to a greater number of takeaway outlets are more likely to eat more takeaway food and be overweight. That much we know. But researchers at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) at the University of Cambridge have also discovered that the people “most exposed and least educated”…
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Councils sweet on teaspoon labels for sugar

Local authorities want fizzy drinks to carry labels showing sugar content in teaspoons. The idea, also promoted by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, would “spell out” how much sugar the drinks contained, the Local Government Association said. "On average, it takes just 15 seconds for shoppers to decide on an item, so we need to have…
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Obese could become the new normal

Almost 700,000 new cases of cancer linked to being overweight or obese could be diagnosed in the UK during the next 20 years, according to a new report. The report, from Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum, predicts that three in four adults will be overweight or obese by 2035, with more people…
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Lancet study calls to cut sugar in soft drinks by 40%

A NEW STUDY says incrementally cutting sugar in soft drinks by 40% could slash rates of obesity and diabetes.                             Sugar-sweetened beverages are a major source of sugar intake in both children and adults, and are an important contributor to obesity and…
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