Obesity Debate

The impact of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy may have far reaching consequences

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Sugar tax fallout: is the industry ready?

By Aidan Fortune

With the Soft Drinks Industry Levy coming into effect today, manufacturers have been forced to either reformulate their products or face paying tax on drinks with a higher sugar content.

Food in focus: burgers and potato products are listed among the target categories

Food firms urged to act as calorie reduction target set

By Noli Dinkovski

Food manufacturers are being urged to start reformulating “everyday” products without delay after Public Health England (PHE) set a 20% calorie reduction target in food consumed across 13 product categories by 2024.

Scotland is still facing an obesity crisis

Scotland still facing obesity challenge

By Michelle Perrett

Two out of three adults and almost a third of children living in Scotland remain overweight or obese, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has claimed.

While advertising had a big influence, there were other more important factors at play: Hilary Ross

TV ad ban would be a ‘sticking plaster’

By Noli Dinkovski

Focusing on advertising alone in the battle against obesity would act as a “sticking plaster”, a leading lawyer has claimed, following the publication of a new report from Cancer Research, which found teenagers who watch more than three hours of TV a...

Professor Buttriss: ‘Concern has existed about the risk for people with undiagnosed kidney disease’

OPINION

Why potassium benefits outweigh the risks

By Judy Buttriss

Recommendations from government advisors on the use of potassium salts in place of sodium chloride (salt) was published in November.

Maltodrextrin has a significant impact on a person’s metabolism, Speleers claims

High-GI sugar alternatives are ‘misleading’ consumers

By Noli Dinkovski

The approach by some food and drink manufacturers to replace sugar with high-glycaemic alternatives is “borderline misleading” to consumers, the director of a global ingredients company has claimed.

Potassium report: the potential benefits ‘outweigh’ the risks

Potassium report welcomed by salt lobby group

By Noli Dinkovski

A report that concluded using potassium-based salt replacers instead of sodium in food would have a positive impact on public health has been welcomed by lobby group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).

Current nutrition labelling gives ‘confusing messages’, claims Phil Dalton

Food labelling should reflect health policy: consultant

By Noli Dinkovski

Food labelling legislation needs to change if public health messages about salt, sugar and calories are going to be truly understood by consumers at the retail aisle, a consultant in the field has claimed.

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