MEP calls for health education in schools to tackle obesity
08 Jun 2022
As obesity continues to rise alarmingly in Europe, MEP Tudor Ciuhodaru (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats – Romania) calls on the European Commission to reinforce ...
New WHO study on sugar-sweetened beverage taxes
05 Apr 2022
A recent WHO European Region study published in March 2022 evaluates the state of play associated with national sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes across Europe. The ultimate goa...
Recent study sets the research agenda on childhood obesity determinants
02 Dec 2021
Childhood obesity has become a global epidemic and is considered as a major metabolic liability in many countries. The rising concern of this phenomenon is due to its association i...
Spain: Advertising contributes to rising childhood obesity, research shows
09 Mar 2021
A recent study conducted by the Open University of Catalonia found that advertising of food targeting children is an important factor leading to the increase of childhood obesity r...
UK proposes to ban all online advertisements of junk food
12 Nov 2020
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 t...
Report says supermarkets can help tackle obesity
20 Oct 2020
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 fr...
England’s Public Health body reports on sugar reduction plans
08 Oct 2020
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 2...
New US study shows benefits of Sugar tax models
24 Jun 2020
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 obes...
Coronavirus and obesity: Doctors take aim at food industry over poor diets
23 Apr 2020
As further evidence suggests that poor diet can be attributed to the root cause of mortality from #COVID19, Cardiologists are blaming the food industry for the normalisation of ult...
Short Film Festival Filmdipeso
04 Feb 2020
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“...
Many food products analysed in the EU market may contribute to unhealthy diets
05 Nov 2019
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, s...
Mexico to present new rules to fight against obesity
29 Oct 2019
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 o...
Singapore to ban adverts promoting drinks with high sugar content to tackle obesity and diabetes
24 Oct 2019
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 ob...
EFSA extends its deadline to give an opinion on added sugars
23 Jul 2019
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 diseas...
WHO Europe highlights high sugar content in baby food and inappropriate industry marketing
15 Jul 2019
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 ...
New French Roadmap in the Fight against Obesity: Towards More Ambitious Objectives
26 Mar 2019
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 2...
‘TOWARDS A COMMON FOOD POLICY FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION’: IPES-Food latest Report
07 Feb 2019
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 ...
Coca-Cola funds an Institute to influence obesity policy in China
10 Jan 2019
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 t...
UN stays silent on fat tax and labelling
19 Dec 2018
Last week, the United Nations adopted a draft resolution on improving global nutrition. The agency called for improved education to tackle obesity, but remained silent on key issue...
Tackling Childhood Obesity in the EU: Prospects and Challenges
23 Oct 2018
Floriana Cimmarusti, Secretary General of SAFE, will speak publicly in The international “Tackling Childhood Obesity in the EU: Halting the Rise through Prevention and Close...
Zucchero, la dose giornaliera da non superare
18 Jun 2018
Resistere allo zucchero sarebbe davvero una gran brutta vita, ma gli studi dell’Organizzazione mondiale della sanità, dell’Agenzia Internazionale della ricerca sul cancro e de...
European Congress on Obesity 2018: What’s new in obesity research?
29 May 2018
The 25th European Congress on Obesity (ECO 2018) took place in Vienna, Austria from 23rd to 26th May 2018. This year’s topics included science, treatment and public health, w...
Young people who ‘watch more junk food ads’ consume ‘thousands more calories’
23 May 2018
According to a new study carried out by Cancer Research UK, teenagers who watch an extra junk food advert per week consume an extra 18,000 calories a year. The research will be pre...
Soft drinks tax is of greatest benefit to poorer households: Lancet
10 Apr 2018
Taxes levied on sweetened drinks and snack foods are of most benefit to the poor in helping to make long-term healthy lifestyle changes, a Lancet study concludes. Read more on Food...
Taxing soda and booze can spark healthy spiral, experts say
05 Apr 2018
According to a new analysis published in The Lancet medical journal, taxing products such as soda, alcohol and tobacco can steer consumers toward healthier choices and avert a ruin...
Big Sugar Versus Your Body
11 Mar 2018
Most of us eat a lot of sugar. We are surrounded by it, and it’s delicious. Unfortunately, sugar also encourages overeating and causes health problems. Research consistently poin...
Obesity is a greater threat for millennials than cannabis. It’s absurd
26 Feb 2018
In the UK, seven out of 10 millennials are expected to be “overweight or obese” by their late 30s – compared with an already alarming half of baby-boomers. The well-documen...
In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger
07 Feb 2018
Facing skyrocketing rates of obesity, the Chilean government is waging war on unhealthy foods with a phalanx of marketing restrictions, mandatory packaging redesigns and labeling r...
Public consultation: sugars in food
10 Jan 2018
EFSA is seeking feedback on the approach it plans to take for its upcoming assessment of dietary sugars. The aim of the assessment is to establish a cut-off value for intake of “...
Jamie Oliver leads calls to ban energy drink sales to U16s
08 Jan 2018
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Why sugar and why so much? WHO investigates the food industry’s sweet tooth
07 Dec 2017
It’s the ‘gold standard’ for sweetness, competitors use it and artificial sweeteners aren’t clean label. Unfortunately, there are more incentives to make sugary food in...
Policymakers push for healthy eating choices at lunchtime
02 Oct 2017
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. Read the f...
France enforces ban on unlimited fizzy drinks in crackdown on obesity
07 Mar 2017
Restaurants in France face prosecution starting today if they offer unlimited soda drinks to customers in the latest Gallic crackdown on obesity. France had already slapped a tax ...
EU urges member states to target childhood obesity in schools
27 Feb 2017
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. A report released by...
Medical community alarmed by global rise in diabetes cases
15 Dec 2016
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 em...
Paris to tackle obesity with junk food tax
06 Sep 2016
France is raising the tax on all high calorie foods in an attempt to tackle its increasing weight problem. According to the ObEpi-Roche 2012 survey, 32.3% of French citizens are ov...
UK obesity soars as government inaction ‘disappoints’ campaigners and industry
03 May 2016
Levels of obesity in the UK have almost doubled since the early 1990s, with 58% of women and 65% of men overweight or obese. Obesity-related hospital admissions for children have a...
Obesity on the rise, WHO targets in jeopardy
04 Apr 2016
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....