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Child obesity: Focus widens from sugar to total calories

Sandwiches, pizza and savoury snacks are set to be in the firing line as the government widens its focus from sugar to total calorie intake to combat childhood obesity.

Baked goods must become less sweet or smaller says government

Restaurants have been ordered to cut the size of their puddings by the government, or face being named and shamed.

Scotland takes charge on childhood obesity challenge

Scotland is taking the challenge of tackling childhood obesity into its own hands, after the Scottish government expressed disappointment at the UK government’s childhood obesity strategy, published last week.

FSS committed to tackling obesity

Scotland’s new food authority, Food Standards Scotland (FSS), will take a hard line on tackling obesity, with suggested measures including a junk food tax and advertising bans.

Campaigners slam government obesity strategy

Action on Sugar (AOS) has lambasted the government over its “weak obesity strategy”, describing it as “appalling” that no further action to improve the strategy has been taken since the leaked report a few weeks ago.

New PM urged to not let industry set agenda on child obesity

New Prime Minister Theresa May has received a message from health campaigners, urging her to make sure the food and drink industry learns from its mistakes, when the government publishes the childhood obesity strategy.

Action on Sugar slams government obesity report

A leaked copy of David Cameron’s Childhood Obesity Strategy has prompted campaign group Action on Sugar (AoS) to call for its revision.

Brexit to overshadow obesity strategy?

Health campaigners fear the government will use the Brexit vote to divert attention from David Cameron’s childhood obesity strategy.

New report claims fatty foods are healthy

New advice that eating more fat could be the answer to the nation’s obesity crisis has caused a furious backlash from senior UK nutritionists.

Action on Sugar responds to the Budget

Yesterday, the government announced a new £520m levy on sugary drinks, to be brought into effect in two years’ time.

Department of Health disappoints campaigners over child obesity

The government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy, which may contain plans for a sugar tax, will not be released until the summer, according to the Department of Health (DoH).

Sugar tax would save £10m a year

A tax on sugary drinks could prevent 3.7m obesity cases by 2025, according to Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum.

World Health Organisation backs sugar tax

A new report by The World Health Organisation (WHO) has backed the divisive plans to implement a sugar tax as a method of tackling childhood obesity.

NHS England to tax sugary treats by 2020

NHS England is set to introduce a sugar tax on snacks and drinks sold in its hospitals in an effort to tackle the UK’s obesity crisis.

Cameron says sugar tax is still a possibility

Prime Minister David Cameron says he does not want to rule out introducing a sugar tax in order to tackle Britain's “obesity crisis”.

MPs back sugar tax, but industry fights back

A group of MPs has thrown its weight behind a proposed tax on sugary drinks to battle child obesity – along with other measures.

IGD: the health debate is at ‘tipping point’

The health debate around obesity has reached a “tipping point”. That is the view of Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of food and consumer goods research charity IGD. She told delegates at IGD’s Big Debate that the organisation’s analysis showed 56% of consumers were sceptical of nutrition advice.

New salt link to obesity

Obesity could be linked to a high salt intake – regardless of overall calorific consumption, a new study has found.

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Ian Wright of the FDF has written tot he NHS over its obesity concerns
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FDF pens open letter after NHS's "demonisation" of sugar

The director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published an open letter to the NHS complaining of its “demonisation” of sugar. 

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Chocolate at checkouts under fire from Birmingham nutritionist
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Nutritionist calls for ban on ‘unhealthy’ foods at checkouts

A nutritionist has likened the sales of sweets, chocolate and crisps at store checkouts to those of cigarettes and has called for a ban. 

Sugar trade questions WHO recommendations

The sugar industry has hit back at the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) sugar recommendations - calling a review on the scientific evidence behind the guidelines.

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Sugar swap advice is getting through to consumers
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High-profile sugar debate moves consumers to action

As sugar swap advice continues amid the obesity crisis, Mintel has revealed that 46% of Brits have been moved to monitor their intake. 

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Whole grains including bread promoted as part of a healthy diet
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Bread recommended as major part of diet in sugar swap advice

The Department of Health (DoH) is promoting bread as a way to ‘bulk up’ meals and swap out more sugar and fat-laden foods. 

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham would cap sugar fat and salt in products for kids
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Labour makes fats, salts and sugar pledge

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham will announce that Labour would set a limit on fats, salt and sugar in food marketed to children, should they be elected.

2020 health want a new strategy to tackle obesity
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Obesity crisis needs government test

A new report, backed by AB Sugar, has claimed fast food outlets should be licensed and all government policies should face an obesity “test”.

The system ranks levels of fats, sugar and salt on a scale of green to red
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Italy fights against labelling system

Italy has won a ruling from the European Commission that the traffic light system is overly ‘simplistic.’

Slash sugar intake further say experts

Health experts have called for a more ambitious target on sugar reduction. 

Sugar should be cut by half
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The SACN report calls for daily intake of sugar to be halved
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Industry responds to sugar reccomendations

The Food and Drink federation have responded to a report which advises the government to cut the recommended sugar intake by half.

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Expert advises to cut sugar and tackle obesity
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Government expert advises people to cut down on cake and confectionery

In a BBC breakfast interview this morning, Susan Jebb, a senior adviser in the government’s battle against obesity, warned people away from sources of sugar, such as cakes and biscuits. 

Campaigners call for sugar tax

Campaign group, Action on Sugar has called on the government to introduce a sugar tax and to reduce added sugars by 40% by 2020.

The obesity epidemic is caused by confusion over calories, claims AB Sugar
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Survey: consumers confused on calories and obesity

A new survey by AB Sugar, the international sugar supplier, has found that 94% of UK adults are unaware of how many calories they consume on a daily basis.

Sugar the main health target of 2014

A group of health experts and academics have pledged to tackle rising obesity by combating sugar.

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