About: obesity

Health 05-10-2017

Making Europe digitally fit

Time is at a premium and many people simply don’t have enough of it to shop, cook and eat healthily. How can new technologies induce change in the eating habits of workers?

Economy & Jobs 02-10-2017

Policymakers push for healthy eating choices at lunchtime

It can be easy to make the wrong food choices during your lunch break. But policymakers are trying to make lunchtime a more satisfying, healthy experience for employees.

Health 20-09-2017

New law on weightloss products could escalate obesity in Europe

New EU regulation on total diet replacement will take effect by early October, after MEPs voted in September to increase the protein and fat requirements in meal replacements, but the industry has warned that it may be ineffective and further aggravate the problem of obesity.

Agrifood 06-09-2017

Manufacturers to withdraw soft drinks from EU schools from 2018

Europe’s soft drinks industry has announced it will stop selling sugary beverages in all schools in the European Union from late 2018. Health campaigners have welcomed the move but said more needs to be done to promote healthy eating in schools.

Agrifood 20-06-2017

‘Traffic light’ food labels gain momentum across Europe

A UK scheme that labels pre-packed food in red, amber or green according to their level of healthiness was rejected by Mediterranean countries at EU level but is slowly gaining momentum across Europe.

Alcohol 19-06-2017

Retailers fear tobacco-style restrictions on food and drinks

Governments across Europe have applied ever-more restrictive measures to the sale of food and drinks as a way of fighting obesity – a regulatory proliferation that is making retailers worried about new barriers to the EU’s single market.

Agrifood 14-06-2017

Consumer group wants to kill cartoons on ‘unhealthy’ food for children

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) urged food companies on Wednesday (14 June) to stop using cartoon characters to promote unhealthy foods for children, saying they negatively affect their dietary behaviour.

Alcohol 11-05-2017

Finland, UK and Ireland singled out in 2017 ‘Nanny State Index’

Usually praised by the EU for its highly competitive economy, Finland came under attack by a group of free-market think tanks on Wednesday (10 May) for pushing “paternalistic lifestyle policies” aimed at curbing consumption of tobacco, alcohol and sugary drinks.

Health 21-04-2017

Study: Biking to work lowers risks of cancer and heart disease

Riding a bicycle to work reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, according to a new UK study carried out by Glasgow researchers.

Alcohol 14-03-2017

Commission grants industry additional year to propose alcohol labelling information

Following a two-year delay, the European Commission presented its proposal on alcohol information on Monday (13 March), giving the alcoholic beverages industry an additional year to come up with a “self-regulatory” proposal.

Agrifood 23-02-2017

EU urges member states to target childhood obesity in schools

Faced with alarming childhood obesity cases, the European Commission is calling on member states to take action in the procurement of healthy food for schools.

Health 09-02-2017

Families cannot tackle childhood obesity alone, EU study says

The family environment is not able to overcome childhood obesity without governmental support, a new report has found.

Health 01-02-2017

Poverty and tobacco carry similar health risks, study finds

People on the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder may live two years less on average than those at the top, according to a large-scale study published Wednesday (31 January) in the British journal The Lancet.

Agrifood 09-01-2017

Neurological study: Mediterranean diet helps brain health

Older people who don’t follow a “Mediterranean diet” are more likely to have a higher loss of total brain volume over time, new scientific research has found.

Health 23-12-2016

A soft target: EU countries go after sugar in CVD fight

If the UK is a leader among European countries in statin treatment and cardiac rehabilitation, it lags behind in addressing the behavioural causes of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), such as child obesity.

Health 12-12-2016

Medical community alarmed by global rise in diabetes cases

The rise of diabetes is causing avoidable deaths and imposing substantial costs on ailing healthcare systems. Alarmed, lawmakers are attempting to improve prevention and get the emerging pandemic under control.

Health 21-10-2016

Malta tops EU obesity rankings, Romania thinnest

Malta has the highest proportion of obese adults in Europe, according to EU figures released yesterday (20 October), while Romania is the least obese.

Health 06-09-2016

Paris to tackle obesity with junk food tax

France is raising the tax on all high calorie foods in an attempt to tackle its increasing weight problem. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Health 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.

Agrifood 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 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 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.

World Obesity Day
Agrifood 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.

Fast food
Health 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.