The evidence is clear: a tax on sugary drinks would reduce consumption. All that's needed is political leadership that prioritises health above the profits.
Our research found personalised nutrition advice, compared to usual dietary advice, helped adults to eat healthier.
Kitwe Food and Farmers’ Market, Zambia.
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As the global South transitions to a predominantly urban future, food offers a way to understand the role of cities in future development.
Weight stigma occurs in many developed countries, not just the U.S. and often has devastating consequences.
Negative attitudes about people with larger body sizes or higher weight are consistent across Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and the US.
Our ancestors’ environment and diets, and the limits of our biology, have led to adaptations that have improved human survival through natural selection. But we remain prone to illness and disease anyway.
Evolutionary medicine uses our ancestral history to explain disease prevalence and inform care for conditions like Type 2 diabetes. It also challenges the bio-ethnocentrism of western medicine.
White River Primary school in South Africa, sponsored by Coca Cola.
A ban on sugary drinks sale and advertisements in schools is likely to hold more promise in improving the diets of children and help prevent obesity in children than voluntary actions.
The public and the media need to be careful not to jump to conclusions when assessing new research.
Governments must take urgent action to prevent noncommunicable diseases from becoming an uncontrollable epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Sugar-sweetened beverage taxation offers a potential solution.
Appropriately designed taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages would result in proportional reductions in consumption.
Without reliable, local and timely data, countries will miss the potential of sugar-sweetened beverage taxation as a public health intervention.
Rwanda's food policies focus on production to make sure people have livelihoods and enough nutritious food. Not much attention is given to overnutrition.
Tension between the government’s economic and public health priorities is preventing stronger fiscal measures to address nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases.
The consumption of a lot of soft drinks is linked to increased obesity.
Between 2018 and 2019 Kenya registered a 30% spike in sugar production and an increase in sugar consumption.
The competing interests of economic growth and public health aren’t being managed well.
Implementing a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in all African countries will require sufficient political will and support from civil society.
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The results are in: South Africa’s ground-breaking health promotion levy, introduced in 2018, is working.
Children are eating too much poor nutrient quality food and too little of good nutrient quality food.
Malnutrition during the first 1000 days of life can cast a long shadow over a person's life.
Fat replacers have the potential to mitigate the global obesity challenge.
Participants lost around 15% of their body weight on average.
Semaglutide works by controlling appetite.
Ultra-processed foods and sugary drinks contribute to rising rates of obesity.
A disruption of societal norms created by industry interference is urgently required to create a shift in the food system.
Patients with overweight or obesity issues make up more than 70% of the U.S. population.
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Americans with excess weight and obesity have been hit hard by COVID-19. Now there is reason to believe they may not get the same protection from the vaccines.
Fast food is growing in popularity with Ghanaians.
Ghanaian consumption patterns towards fast food are evolving.