TAG: obesity in the news
Can Coca-Cola contribute to healthy living?
A recent article in the bmj titled Is Coca-Cola’s antiobesity scheme the real thing? reveals that The Coca-Cola Zero ParkLives scheme is alive and well. The scheme focuses on Coca-Cola raising physical activity levels through programs the soft drink company offers in parks across the UK. Councils appear to have embraced the scheme and, according to the report, are happy to advertise […]
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Voluntary health star rating system given tick of approval
The controversial front-of-pack labelling involving a 5-star health rating system for food and drinks was recently approved. The system will enable consumers to better judge the nutritional content in the products they purchase but it is voluntary. The ABC’s report on the health star rating system gives insight into how the Public Health Association of […]
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Dazzled by the stars?…perhaps not
Choice recently conducted an analysis of 260 children’s snacks and calculated the star rating corresponding to each snack based on the information provided on the labels. Their report Kids’ lunch box snacks reveals more about how they performed the analysis, the lacklustre results, and the voluntary health star rating system.
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Finding someone to blame
While there have been discussions in the media about childhood obesity raising child protection concerns, the 2010 BMJ article Childhood protection and obesity: framework for practice draws attention to the fact that obesity alone is not a child protection concern. It further highlights the importance of assessing other areas of concern, including (but not limited […]
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Pushing for policy change
A recent BBC news article Health group calls for ‘sugar tax’ to cut child obesity informs of the efforts a campaign group called Action on Sugar is making to convince the UK Government to take legal measures in the form of a ‘sugar tax’ to reduce the consumption of sugar. Action on Sugar is advised […]
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Understanding stigma associated with obesity
The article titled The Obesity Stigma provides a basic explanation of how stigma functions in society, and outlines related negative (social) consequences. It highlights that many of the assumptions made about people with obesity, which appear to perpetuate stigma, are untrue. Contributor: Ms Ali Harwoord, HealthyLaws PhD researcher
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