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Obesity - Articles and news items

Preventing child obesity in the next generation must start before conception

Industry news  •  14 October 2016  •  University of Southampton

The key to preventing obesity in future generations is to make their parents healthier before they conceive, leading health researchers suggest…

WHO urges global action to curtail consumption and health impacts of sugary drinks

Featured news, Industry news  •  12 October 2016  •  New Food

Taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay, says a new World Health Organisation report…

China to top child obesity table by 2025

Featured news, Industry news  •  10 October 2016  •  New Food

According to a report published by the World Obesity Federation, China might have as many as almost 50 million overweight children (5-18 years) by 2025…

A closer look at… GBBO Week #5: What thinking outside the box could do for food

Blogs, Great British Bake Off  •  22 September 2016  •  Roy Manuell, Digital Content Producer

In light of GBBO’s Candice’s innovative use of a pasta roller to make filo pastry, we decided to apply her thinking-outside-the-box attitude more generally to the industry…

Food Standards Scotland launches first healthy eating campaign

Industry news  •  5 September 2016  •  Roy Manuell, Digital Content Producer

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a thought-provoking healthy eating campaign aimed at encouraging people in Scotland to reduce obesity and the number of unhealthy snacks we eat…

Government’s child obesity plan attacked as ‘weak’

Industry news  •  19 August 2016  •  Roy Manuell

Health experts, campaigners, MPs and the CEO of one of Britain’s biggest supermarkets have criticised the UK government’s child obesity plan, describing it as ‘weak’ and ‘watered down’…

‘My Relationship with Food’ : A guide to gluten free with Lisa Roukin

Blogs  •  12 August 2016  •  Lisa Roukin

This week we have an exclusive interview with Lisa Roukin to discuss her gluten free recipe book My Relationship with Food and the benefits of gluten free alternatives.

Oxford Economics: 4,000 jobs at risk from UK sugar tax

Industry news  •  11 August 2016  •  Roy Manuell

Macroeconomic and industrial forecasting experts Oxford Economics predict that the UK may put 4,000 jobs at risk in the introduction of a new sugar tax.

Nestlé, Ferrero and Mondelēz argue that share bags can be a part of portion control

Industry news  •  8 August 2016  •  Roy Manuell

Three of the world’s leading confectioners have come out against critics that share bags explicitly contravene the industry’s push for portion-controlled products.

Row intensifies over Olympic Games ‘junk food’ promotion

Industry news  •  5 August 2016  •  Roy Manuell

Olympic sponsors, notably McDonald’s and Coca Cola have, once again, been subject to extensive criticism for using the Olympics as a marketing tool for unhealthy food, landing the UK’s Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in trouble for comments made on the issue.

Supermarkets accused of ‘promoting’ obesity

Industry news  •  5 August 2016  •  Roy Manuell

In a study carried out by the consumer group Which?, the major UK supermarkets have been found to be significantly more likely to offer discounts and promotions on unhealthy items, such as confectionery, compared to healthier options

Report calls for legislation against the sale of energy drinks to under-16s

Industry news  •  22 July 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

A new report argues that UK policy makers must act against excessive energy drinks consumption by children and young people…

Survey reveals a shift in attitudes towards eating healthier foods

Industry news  •  7 July 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

In the Quorn survey, 81% of respondents said they would be prepared to switch to food ingredients that are high in protein and low in saturated fats…

FDA updates nutritional facts label for packaged foods

Industry news  •  23 May 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

The FDA says that modernising the nutritional facts present on packaged foods will help people make informed decisions about the foods they eat…

Controversial report says official advice on a low-fat diet is wrong

Industry news  •  23 May 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

NOF are calling for a complete overhaul of dietary advice and public health messaging, saying current low-fat diet advice is based on ‘flawed science’…


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