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Launched in 2007, the Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity-related health issues provides an integrated framework for action intended to contribute to reducing ill-health due to poor nutrition, overweight and obesity in the EU. In 2012 the Strategy was evaluated by independent external evaluators to produce an Evaluation Report on its’ implementation process and impact between 2007-2011.
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The report states that the Strategy contributed to (...)
At the WHO European Ministerial Conference on Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020, held in Vienna, Austria on 4-5 July 2013, European Ministers of Health renewed their commitment to fight the obesity and poor nutrition-related rise in non-communicable diseases by adopting a declaration calling for evidence-based solutions from across the Region - the so-called Vienna Declaration. One might think that with soaring levels of obesity - especially among the (...)
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, representing nearly every doctor in the United Kingdom, calls on unhealthy foods to be addressed with anti-tobacco-like campaigns as current measures are clearly failing.
The UK is the "fat man" of Europe. This phrase, which reflects the shocking reality that one quarter of UK inhabitants are obese and up to one third are overweight, is the starting point of Measuring Up: the medical profession’s prescription for the nation’s obesity (...)
Sugar users were dealt a blow on sugar quota reform, after the European agriculture committee voted to extend the current system to 2020, rejecting a proposal to end quotas by 2015.
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EU and Member States’ strategies on nutrition, overweight and obesity
WHO Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health
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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has decided to launch an open consultation on its scientific risk assessment about the safety of ’Aspartame’ (codified as E951 in the EU), the widely-used and controversial artificial sweetener.
In May 2011, EFSA was asked by the Commission to re-evaluate fully the safety of aspartame. The study is now been made public and submitted for comments until February 15.
Public consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the (...)
COFACE, the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union, recently launched a new education tool in the arena of food and nutrition aimed at emphasising the link between food marketing and advertising.
Due to the fact that the majority of studies evaluating the links between food marketing/advertising and young peoples’ behaviours are sponsored, in one way or another, very few of these studies are trustworthy. Yet, these papers do emphasise the impact that advertising (...)
food, diet and nutrition
children and adolescents
direct to consumer advertising
On 9 November 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) Member States agreed on a list of global targets to be achieved by 2025. The goals have the general objective of decreasing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 25%, the so-called "25 by 25". The framework consists of nine global targets and 25 indicators.
Initiated by recommendations from a WHO Working Group on non-communicable diseases targets back in July 2011, and after a series of open consultations, WHO Member (...)
16 October 2012, Brussels - The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) World Food Day provides an opportunity to highlight the plight of the millions of undernourished people in the World, BUT also the increasing problem of overconsumption and associated chronic conditions of overweight and obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
EPHAC Press Release. World Food Day – Agricultural cooperatives key to feeding the world.
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food, diet and nutrition
children and adolescents
Health in all policies
Healthy diets and food
On 27 September, the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) published a study on self-regulation and its impact on children. It found that the industry’s own figures show that children’s exposure to advertisements for fatty and sugary foods has fallen by barely a quarter over the last six years.
According to a new report, A Junk‐Free Childhood 2012: Marketing foods and beverages to children in Europe, advertising junk food continues to undermine (...)
Brussels, July 19 - In a shocking move, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has just signed, until 2020, a sponsorship agreement with Coca-Cola, McDonalds and the confectionery company Cadbury. A poorly-judged decision if the IOC is to stand up for its Olympic philosophy of life: “exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind.”(1)
Practising and enjoying sports and physical activity help protect against numerous and serious chronic (...)