Diet & Fitness, News & Analysis by Christopher Snowdon 6th June 2018 Share This Twitter Facebook Google+ Email We are being sold a pig in a poke by obesity campaigners. When Action on Sugar started complaining about added sugar in pasta sauces in 2014, there was no reason to think that it would soon become government policy to remove sugar from chocolate, confectionery and puddings. When Public Health England began its food reformulation scheme, the agency said that it would be focusing on the ‘food categories that contribute the most to children’s sugar intakes’. Adults could rest easy. It was, after all, a Childhood Obesity Strategy. But then came the bait-and-switch. Earlier this year, Public Health England suddenly noticed that ‘Our children don’t eat special children’s food. We buy the same food for our entire family.’ It is now open season on the whole food supply. Next up is a ban on ‘junk food’ … [Read more...] about The proposed ‘junk food’ advertising ban is aimed at you, not your children
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Will blocking junk food ads on social media help to tackle childhood obesity? Caroline Cerny, alliance lead at the Obesity Health Alliance, says YES. Advertising works. The food industry wouldn’t spend millions of pounds a year on advertising if it wasn’t effective. When it comes to children, there is clear evidence that shows the food adverts children see influence the foods they choose and how much food they eat. There are already some restrictions on junk food advertising around TV programmes specifically designed for children, and we are pushing for this to be extended to all family shows. But even with these limits, there is a clear gap: online content and social media. This is clearly an area that needs to be tackled. Currently, nearly one in five children start primary school with a weight classified as overweight or obese, rising to one in three when they leave. If the obesity epidemic isn’t stopped, millions of children will be storing up future health … [Read more...] about DEBATE: Will blocking junk food ads on social media help to tackle childhood obesity?
YOU'D be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't enjoy tucking into a bar of chocolate. But while it's a firm favourite, many of us feel guilty about chowing down on the sweet treat. But it turns out there is some good news about gorging on chocolate - as nutritionist Cassandra Barns reveals the benefits of eating raw cacao - an unprocessed, healthier chocolate superfood. While it's not exactly the same as your everyday bar of chocolate, raw cacao can be added to puddings and smoothies - and its incredible health benefits make the switch totally worth a go. 1. It's good for your heart Raw cacao is packed with flavanols - plant compounds believed to improve circulation to the heart, lower blood pressure and inflammation and even improve cholesterol levels. Cassandra explains: "Flavanol levels can be greatly reduced when cacao is roasted to make conventional chocolate. "Cacao is also rich in potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure, and magnesium, which is vital for muscle … [Read more...] about Eating chocolate IS good for you – 5 ways it can boost your health AND your skin
TARGETS to cut junk food food from Scotland’s diet and get Scots to eat more healthily have been “consistently missed for over 17 years”, new research has revealed. According to the latest figures, there is little sign that education and public health campaigns have had any impact on eating habits with levels of obesity actually increasing. However, the head of Scotland's food watchdog said he believed there was a growing consensus in public and political opinion that a "tipping point" was being reached in the battle against obesity, and that a failure to reverse the crisis would eventually "cripple the NHS". Loading article content The number of people living in Scotland with Type 2 diabetes has increased by 29 per cent since 2010, to more than 289,000, according to figures published today. Being overweight or obese is the single biggest risk factor for developing the disease, which can lead to blindness and amputations. Read more: Jamie Oliver hails … [Read more...] about Scotland refuses to end its addiction to junk food
0 Have your say Almost two-thirds of Scots back plans for a ban on junk food offers as part of a national drive to tackle obesity, new research has found. Shoppers also say supermarket multi-buy deals are largely to blame for them stocking up on unhealthy foods which are high in sugar, fat and salt through deals like “buy one get one free.”Plans are being drawn up to restrict price promotions on foods by the Scottish Government and a new poll by Cancer Research UK has also found found 62 per cent of people back the move.The survey also found that two-thirds of Scots are worried about their weight or the weight of a family member, while 82 per cent believe multi-buy deals encourage people to buy unhealthy food.The charity said obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking and support strong action. Restrictions are part of the Government’s diet and obesity strategy to help people lose weight. A consultation on the plans, which would … [Read more...] about Two thirds of Scots back junk food plans to tackle obesity