Obesity


New WHO study on sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

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 goal of this study was to understand factors that support SSB taxes at national level in order to identify successful policy paths for other countries of the region.  Taxation of […]


Recent study sets the research agenda on childhood obesity determinants

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 in adult life with chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus type 2, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer. A recent study, funded by […]


Spain: Advertising contributes to rising childhood obesity, research shows

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 rate in Spain. The study analyses 355 advertisements from 117 different products on various media channels in Spain, including the internet, television, radio, print, and outdoor advertising. […]


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, […]