How a price-hiking "meat tax" could prevent 220,000 deaths and save more than US$40 billion in health care costs around the world every year.
Obesity is rising and so are the costs.
Obesity is not a rational choice. But there is scope for governments to get involved and improve our options.
The sugar industry has a lot of influence over health policy.
Australia needs a sugar tax, as part of a broader national nutrition policy, to combat the obesity crisis. And the sugar industry is getting in the way.
The sugar industry has employed various tactics to influence health policy in its favour.
Tonight, Four Corners looks at the tactics Big Sugar has used to influence health policy. Here's our pick of five analysis pieces that will get you informed on the issue before the program airs.
A new study in rats adds to the evidence that artificial sweeteners may be bad for your health.
Taxing sugar places the burden on the poor – people who are already burdened by higher rates of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Sugar taxes fail to tackle the root of the problem -- the production and marketing of foods that cause chronic disease.
Why you might soon be paying more for your favourite sugary drink.
Governments in countries such as Mexico and the United Kingdom have responded to the over-consumption of refined sugar with a “sugar tax;” Canada lags behind.
Too much refined sugar in your diet is not just a risk factor for obesity and diabetes, it also increases your chances of heart disease.
The sugar tax relies on creating a price difference between high- and low-sugar drinks, but this could be cancelled out by bundled offers, such as fixed-price meal deals.
There’s no direct evidence that taxing sugary drinks will lead to more consumption of alcohol.
A recent study was reported as saying a sugar tax would have us drinking more alcohol. But the study didn't establish this fact. The results were mixed with no evidence one thing caused another.
As cities in developing countries - like Lagos in Nigeria, pictured here - grow, so do obesity risks.
Governments must understand that the factors making cities convenient and productive also make their residents prone to obesity. They must confront this challenge with intelligent, focused policies.
South Africa has one last hurdle to cross before it implements a sugar tax to prevent a wide-range of obesity related non-communicable diseases.
African governments efforts to improve health are being undermined by corporations luring clientele.
Unhealthy food corporations use various tactics to undermine public health policies aimed at tackling the scourge of non-communicable diseases like diabetes and obesity.
Taxing sugary drinks to tackle obesity would lead to a stronger economy, new research shows.
The benefits of a sugar tax go beyond mere health savings when obesity rates drop. Our new research predicts wider economic benefits due to more, healthier people in work.
The type of sugar in popular soft drinks varies from country to country even if the brand name is the same.
A recent study found Australian soft drinks had higher concentrations of glucose than US soft drinks, which had more fructose. Does this mean Australian drinks are worse for health than US drinks?
People are leading more sedentary lifestyles and eating calorie dense foods fuelling obesity.
South Africa has the highest obesity levels in Africa but blaming sugar neglects the many factors at play in this complex health issue.
Would you eat more of this if you were subsidised to?
By tweaking the prices of foods and drinks, to make healthy options more affordable relative to the less healthy products, we can influence what people will buy.
The reality is that the move to introduce a sugar tax in South Africa is necessary because of the scourge of non-communicable diseases and obesity in the country.
This was the year of the health review, the NDIS, and Zika virus.
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Health spent a lot of time in the spotlight in 2016. Medicare was a major issue in Australia’s federal election and numerous government reviews into health were announced and reported.
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