Obesity Debate

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.

There has been a ‘redefinition’ of portion sizes, says Mars director Rob Verhagen

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Halt portion-size ‘super-inflation’ to curb obesity

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers need to halt the “super-inflation” of portion sizes if the global obesity epidemic is to be addressed, a senior innovation director at confectionery giant Mars has claimed.

Ice cream, breakfast cereals and biscuits are among the products targeted

PHE calls for more sugar reduction

By Paul Gander

Despite a positive overall picture and a “fabulous response” from some leading brands to its 20% cross-category sugar reduction target for 2020, Public Health England (PHE) has suggested that some categories are making more progress than others.

Disease associated with obesity costs the NHS about £11bn a year, said Susan Jebb

Smartphone app to help switch to healthier foods

By Rick Pendrous

People who are overweight and identified as being at higher risk of cardiovascular disease could soon have access to a smartphone app that provides them with advice about swapping to healthier foods, thanks to a collaborative research project involving...

Professor Buttriss: ‘A diet rich in fibre, fruit and vegetables is linked with lower risk of diseases’

OPINION

A healthy diet: why the sum is greater than the parts

By Judy Buttriss

Aspects of diet are often considered in isolation. However, this risks overlooking the likelihood that nutrients and other food components interact, either in the food matrix itself or when the food or meal has been consumed.

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