Obesity


UK proposes to ban all online advertisements of junk food

The UK government has recently introduced a proposal to restrict all online advertisements of food products that are high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS). This measure is a part of the government’s strategy to tackle obesity issues in the country. Obesity is a major health problem in the UK nowadays. Nearly two-thirds of adults […]


Report says supermarkets can help tackle obesity

A trial in English supermarkets on placing unhealthy products differently in supermarkets to tackle obesity has shown some promising results. The one year trial led to increased fruit and vegetable purchases and a decrease in junk food sales such as chips and confectionery proving that where products are placed in stores has an effect on […]


England’s Public Health body reports on sugar reduction plans

Food companies have only managed a 3% sugar reduction in food products, Public Health England (PHE) reported in a report assessing its voluntary sugar reduction plan from 2015 to 2019. The Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL), however, did achieve more significant results with sugar levels in drinks falling by 44% compared to previous years. Sugar […]


New US study shows benefits of Sugar tax models

A study published in the Circulation (official journal from the American Heart Association) showed a simulation model of different designs of taxes on sugary drinks (linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes), suggesting that all tax designs would generate substantial health gains. Boston researchers created a nationally representative microsimulation model to test three types of […]


Short Film Festival Filmdipeso

SAFE is honoured to co-organise the Short Film Festival Filmdipeso 17-18 April 2020 in Latina, Italy With the subject of “Obesity, food, nutrition, and eating disorders“ The festival’s objective is to promote correct eating habits, as well as to increase public awareness of the issues that living with obesity and eating disorders can cause. The […]


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.