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26/07/2016

‘Fat taxes’ do work, EU report finds

Topic: obesity


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Health & Consumers 14-06-2016

Why food and drink taxes don't work

Tax will not make people healthier.  Education, not tax, is the way to support people in eating balanced diets and leading healthy, active lifestyles.  Watch here to learn more.
Health & Consumers 04-04-2016

Obesity on the rise, WHO targets in jeopardy

Obesity is on the rise globally and current trends suggest that health targets are in danger of not being met, according to a new study. EurActiv Germany reports.
Agriculture & Food 11-02-2016

Study: Consumers duped by recommended serving sizes

Trends show that consumers are relying more and more on nutritional information to inform their purchases. However, recommended serving sizes are misleading shoppers, says a new study. EurActiv Germany reports.
Health & Consumers 19-01-2016

EU governments must ramp up obesity strategies or face fiscal crisis

Only a few governments in Europe have a comprehensive strategy to reduce the obesity burden and the rapidly-rising associated healthcare costs, write Fredrik Erixon and Martin Koehring.
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Health & Consumers 22-10-2015

Health expert: EPODE methodology can reduce health inequities in Europe

In an interview with EurActiv at the September European Obesity Forum in Brussels, EPODE methodology founder Dr. Jean-Michel Borys stressed the importance of the implication of decision-makers at all levels in childhood obesity prevention.
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Health & Consumers 22-10-2015

Childhood obesity prevention: coordinated approach gets results

2,1 billion people, or nearly 30% of the world’s population, are either obese or overweight, one in five of them being children. As costs for obesity related diseases (diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular conditions etc.) continue to rise, already representing 1% to 3% of the total health expenditure in most countries, governments and decision-makers should focus their efforts on prevention. 
Health & Consumers 25-09-2015

Alcohol, tobacco and obesity undermine the progress of European health policies

A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that Europe is still the world leader in alcohol and tobacco consumption. For the first time, the life expectancy of the current generation could be shorter than their parents. EurActiv France reports
Health & Consumers 15-09-2015

Juncker's State of the Union: A historic opportunity fumbled

Jean-Claude Juncker had the unique opportunity to make his State of the Union speech special. Unfortunately, he left many of Europe’s “monumental” challenges unaddressed, writes Kristina Sperkova.
Agriculture & Food 04-09-2015

Keeping a cool head amidst bulging waistlines

Childhood obesity is a very serious health concern that needs addressing urgently given the social and economic costs involved. But sensationalism and dogma can be obstacles to progress on the thorny issue of food marketing to kids, writes Stephan Loerke.
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.
Agriculture & Food 06-05-2015

WHO warns of burgeoning obesity crisis in Europe

Europe will face an obesity crisis of vast proportions by 2030, according to new World Health Organization projections, with many countries likely to see far more than half of adults above the healthy weight limit.
OpinionSpecial Report
Agriculture & Food 02-04-2015

What’s in alcoholic drinks should be no secret

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / To know what our food and drinks are made of is a basic consumer right. However, alcoholic beverages – often loaded with calories and sugar – scarcely display the full list of ingredients and nutritional information, escaping the rules applied to everything else we eat and drink, writes Ilaria Passarani.
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.
Development Policy 06-01-2015

New health extremes in developing countries: Obesity and malnutrition

Middle-income developing countries confront two extremes within the public health sector. While a large percentage of the population is underweight and malnourished, a growing number of people are adopting an unhealthy, western-influenced lifestyle, dispensing with physical activity and consuming fast food.
Health & Consumers 18-12-2014

Obesity can be deemed a disability at work - EU court

Europe's top court ruled on Thursday (18 December) that obese people can be considered disabled, meaning that they can be covered by an EU law barring discrimination at work.
NewsSpecial Report

Diabetes hitting EU workforce productivity

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: Investing now in diabetes prevention will reduce the cost of tackling the disease later and maintain a productive European workforce, experts claim.
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Health & Consumers 04-09-2014

EU must regulate salt and fat content in foods, health expert warns

José Ramón González Juanatey, president of the Spanish Society of Cardiology, has called on the EU to regulate the salt and fat content of foods, “as they clearly promote obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases”. “The EU and also national governments must have the responsibility to regulate”, Juanatey said.
Health & Consumers 06-08-2014

Diabetes: the EU's heavy burden

An estimated 32 million people in the European Union (8.1%) were living with diabetes in 2013. Although policymakers are now paying special attention to the issue and to obesity-related conditions more generally, health experts say more can be done to tackle what the EU considers as a chronic disease.
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.