Obesity


Many food products analysed in the EU market may contribute to unhealthy diets

A recent study of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) reveals that many packaged food products frequently sold in the EU market contain very high levels of sugar, saturated fat, and salt, while levels of fibres are too low, which may contribute to poor diets that lead to obesity and other severe health issues, […]


Mexico to present new rules to fight against obesity

The Mexican government will soon present new rules which require processed foods containing high levels of sugar, saturated fat, sodium and calories to display warning labels. As obesity problems are severe in Mexico, especially among young individuals, three UN agencies urged Mexico to adopt such measure to tackle the issue of obesity. Previously, the government […]


Singapore to ban adverts promoting drinks with high sugar content to tackle obesity and diabetes

Singapore will soon become the first country to target aggressive marketing practices as promotion of drinks with high sugar content will be banned from adverts. As diabetes and obesity run rampant in Singapore, it is of the utmost importance that consumers are able to make informed choice in the interest of their own health. We […]


EFSA extends its deadline to give an opinion on added sugars

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delayed the release of its opinion concerning added sugar until 2021. As obesity, type 2 diabete, tooth decay or cardiovascular diseases diseases run rampant, firm & quick decisions must be taken at EU level to protect consumers. Read it in details here.


WHO Europe highlights high sugar content in baby food and inappropriate industry marketing

Up to 60% of baby foods are incorrectly marketed as suitable for infants under the age of 6 months, according to a new study of the World Health Organisation (WHO) published on 15 July 2019. SAFE took part in the launching event of these studies to share consumers’ concerns about excessive sugar in commercial products. […]


New French Roadmap in the Fight against Obesity: Towards More Ambitious Objectives

On 25 March 2019, a French inter-ministerial committee on Health met to formulate target figures regarding the fight against obesity in France, Le Monde.fr reports. By the end of 2023, adult obesity will have to be 15% down and childhood/teenage obesity will have to drop by 20%. These ambitious objective were set to create a […]


‘TOWARDS A COMMON FOOD POLICY FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION’: IPES-Food latest Report

Shaped by 400+ actors including SAFE during 3 years, IPES Food unveiled its blueprint for reforming European food systems (#CommonFoodPolicy). This enlightening report sheds light on current issues in food systems and makes proposals for sustainable food production, processing, distribution and consumption. Read it here.  


Coca-Cola funds an Institute to influence obesity policy in China

While obesity rates in China are hitting records, the Coca-Cola Company is putting scientific evidence into Chinese policies to promoto exercise and downplay the role of diets in the strife against obesity, the Guardian reports.  Yet another proof that independent and consumer-centered research is critical in every corner of the world.