Nutrition and health

Agrifood 06-07-2017

Nestlé boss: Simplified food labels will better inform consumers

Simplified food label schemes like the UK-style traffic light will provide EU consumers clear and simple elements and therefore, better inform them, Marco Settembri told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 09-03-2017

Romanian MEP: EU needs food quality agency

Food quality in Western Europe can differ greatly to what Central and Eastern European shops stock on their shelves. S&D group MEP Daciana Sârbu spoke to EURACTIV Romania about the issue and promoting local produce.

Health 16-12-2016

Diabetes expert: Urgent need for education ‘at every level’

There is a great need to raise awareness and enhance education on diabetes and a healthier lifestyle “at every level”, Stella de Sabata, head of the International Diabetes Federation, told EURACTIV.com.

Agrifood 15-12-2016

José Bové: ‘The purpose of agriculture is to feed our citizens’

The European executive will reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by the end of 2017. José Bové and Éric Andrieu argue for an agricultural system that puts the environment, human health and small businesses first. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest France reports.

Development Policy 10-06-2016

Tony Simons: Agroforestry is a ‘win-win’ for developing nations

Agroforestry is a "back to the future" concept, advocating a return to the origins of farming —trees and fields— rather than the modern concept of huge monocultures, says Tony Simons.

Health 23-09-2013

Belgian tennis star: ‘I was eating a lot of fast food’

Becoming disciplined to exercise and eat well was a learning curve for tennis champion Justine Henin, but she is helping to fight obesity by promoting healthy living and eating amongst young people, drawing on her personal experience and through her foundations.

Androulla Vassiliou
Sports 13-09-2013

Vassiliou: ‘Europeans should get out of their chairs more often’

Some 60% of Europeans seldom engage in sport or physical activity, says EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, who urges Europeans to get out of their chairs to help combat obesity.

Health 17-07-2013

Doctor: Weight loss must not be main focus for obese people

Instead of focusing on weight loss, European physicians should pay attention to the waist and in general where the "dangerous" fat is stored in obese patients as these are better indicators of the development of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and type-2 diabetes, says Jean-Pierre Després.

Health 24-05-2013

American obesity expert: What the EU can learn from the US

The United States is often ahead of Europe when it comes to the newest technology but also unhealthy lifestyles. Therefore, the EU could look to the US for solutions on how to deal with obesity, says James O. Hill.

Development Policy 26-04-2013

UN food official: Donor flexibility is vital to crisis response

The World Food Programme is UN’s front-line agency in disaster and conflict areas. Its new director in the Horn of Africa, Valerie Guarnieri, says the European Union’s recent crisis response in sub-Saharan Africa should set a new standard for financing humanitarian action.

Development Policy 19-03-2013

Piebalgs: Development champions should speak up

Development aid contributes to economic success in both developing countries and in Europe, Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs tells EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Agrifood 28-04-2009

MEP: ‘Taxing fatty foods won’t help curb obesity’

Clearer food labelling and awareness-raising campaigns can help prevent an obesity epidemic in Europe, Liberal Romanian MEP Magor Imre Csibi told EURACTIV in an interview. But taxing high-fat foods is not part of the solution, he added.

Health 06-12-2007

Professor: Unhealthy food ‘heavily subsidised by EU’

Low income households are increasingly turning to cheap packaged and fatty food, warns Jaap C. Seidel, a nutrition and health professor, inisisting that EU agricultural subsidies should to be turned round to make fruit and vegetables more affordable.

Sports 26-06-2007

Sport associations under-represented in EU obesity platform

The EU platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health still lacks representatives of the physical-activity side of the obesity problem, says Dr Gernot Wainig.

Health 13-11-2006

‘Industry unlikely to self-regulate’

Food labelling and advertising to children are two areas where industry is unlikely to be able to self-regulate and legislation is therefore required, argues Sue Davies from the UK consumer organisation Which?.

Sports 21-07-2006

Robert Madelin: there is a business case for healthy citizens

Those who adopted healthy life as one of the key performance indicators for Lisbon understood that there is a business case for healthy citizens, explains Robert Madelin.