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23/05/2016

Health experts call for EU to move on eating habits

Topic: Nutrition and health


Health & Consumers 25-04-2016

Study: ‘Fat tax’ made Denmark healthier

The short-lived Danish levy on fatty foods was heavily criticised when it was first introduced in October 2011. But research shows that the fat tax achieved its objective in changing Danish grocery shopping habits, and saving lives.
Agriculture & Food 15-04-2016

Mars Food tells consumers not to eat their products on a daily basis

The manufacturer behind household-name food brands such as Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s, Mars Food, has decided to include consumer guidance on its packaging on which of its products can be consumed ‘everyday’ and which only ‘occasionally.'.
Health & Consumers 06-04-2016

Finland tops Europe's first-ever ‘Nanny State’ index

Finland is the most heavily regulated country in Europe when it comes to alcohol, food and drinks, e-cigarettes and tobacco laws, followed by Sweden, the UK and Ireland, according to a new Nanny State Index published on Tuesday (5 April).
Agriculture & Food 30-03-2016

Germany plans ‘smart’ packaging to cut food waste

Germans throw away 82kg each in food waste every year, despite much of it still being edible. Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt (CSU) wants things to change and to abolish the expiration date on packaging in favour of more scientific alternatives. EurActiv Germany reports.
Agriculture & Food 07-07-2015

Milan Expo explores fortified food as solution to malnutrition

Fortified foods could become part of the solution to malnutrition and address food security concerns, according to experts at this year's Milan Expo. EurActiv reports from Milan.
Health & Consumers 08-05-2015

Germany needs national strategy to tackle diabetes epidemic, experts say

Diabetes is a growing threat in Germany, with experts criticising the country’s negligence in dealing with the disease, and calling for the creation of a national diabetes plan to prevent it from spreading further. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Health & Consumers 01-04-2015

Commission applauds beer industry's move on labelling

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Beer drinkers across Europe will soon be able to find out the detailed calorie and nutrition content of their drinks after four of the world's biggest brewers announced last week that they will make the information available.
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Health & Consumers 31-03-2015

Consumers in the dark over alcoholic drinks content

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Consumer knowledge about the nutritional value and ingredients contained in alcoholic beverages is limited, according to a new survey published last week.
Health & Consumers 06-02-2015

Commission opens inquiry into Danish 'fat tax'

The European Commission suspects that Denmark's so-called 'fat tax', introduced in 2011 but scrapped a year later, could be considered illegal state aid.
Agriculture & Food 28-07-2014

Even in wealthy nations, malnutrition is a serious public health problem

Vitamin deficiencies and inadequacies not only harm health, they contribute to high healthcare costs, reduce productivity and stifle economic growth, writes Manfred Eggersdorfer.
Agriculture & Food 28-07-2014

'Fat taxes' do work, EU report finds

Specific taxes on sugar, salt or fat do cause reductions in consumption, the European Commission found in a new report. But higher taxes may also merely encourage consumers to go for cheaper products, it warned.
Agriculture & Food 28-07-2014

Commission needs to comply with promised launch of sustainable food communication

The promised launch of the Communication on Sustainable Food by the European Commission, initially planned for 2013, has once again been postponed. This is a significant set back for the much-needed reevaluation of Europe’s food system, write a group of NGOs.
Sustainable Dev. 11-07-2014

EEA urges for ‘systemic’ approach to environment, health concerns

Governments need to study the connections between health and environmental concerns, which could save them money and improve societal well-being over the longer term, according to the European Environment Agency.
Development Policy 16-06-2014

Not only hunger, but malnutrition, too

Continued growth in developing countries, along with poverty-reduction policies, have helped to improve both income and food security globally. Still, eradicating hunger remains an enormous challenge that has an impact on every other attempt to improve lives, writes José Graziano da Silva.
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Health & Consumers 05-06-2014

Obesity: What's tipping the balance? HIGHLIGHTS

The lack of physical activity and unbalanced diets can lead to obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and stroke. Today, more than half of Europeans are overweight or obese. 
Health & Consumers 19-05-2014

UN says diet a greater threat to health than tobacco

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, has called for a global agreement to promote healthy eating habits, saying "unhealthy diets are now a greater threat to global health than tobacco."
Health & Consumers 16-05-2014

Parents overlook child obesity, research suggests

Around half of all parents are blind when it comes to their own children's obesity, and many are actually worried that the children are underweight, new Swedish research claims.
Health & Consumers 16-04-2014

France launches nationwide public health study

The French government has given the go ahead for a wide study of public health, which will complement the European Health Examination Survey. EurActiv France reports.
Health & Consumers 19-03-2014

European obesity on the rise: Study

A new study from France shows that obesity is on the rise across Europe. What is to blame? Poor eating habits, stress and a lack of physical exercise. EurActiv France reports.
Health & Consumers 26-02-2014

Cardiovascular disease: Social and economic impacts

The number one killer in Europe, cardiovascular disease, is set to become an even greater burden on the already recession-hit continent's health systems. Therefore, the Commission is now trying to tackle the growing problem with different initiatives and health programmes.
Health & Consumers 31-01-2014

EU merges milk and fruit school scheme to combat child obesity

To promote healthier lifestyles and combat obesity among school children, the European Commission has proposed to bring two separate EU schemes on milk and fruit together under a joint framework.
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Health & Consumers 30-01-2014

Commission unveils new plan to combat obesity

In its fight against obesity among school children, the European Commission launched a proposal on Thursday to strengthen the declining consumption of fruit and milk among young people. Aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles, the new plan will bring together the EU's currently separate programmes on milk and fruit under a new single scheme.
Sustainable Dev. 15-01-2014

New global food table: Europe feasts while Africa fasts

Three northern European countries enjoy the planet’s cheapest, healthiest and most plentiful diets according to a new Oxfam ‘Good Enough to Eat’ index, while three African countries have the worst.
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Agriculture & Food 04-12-2013

Health experts call for EU to move on eating habits

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Health campaigners are calling for the European Commission to take action to alter people’s eating habits and curb rising obesity, but officials are wary that such a move may expose them to “nanny state” complaints, sources say.