Reducing sugar in packaged foods could cut CVD deaths by half a million

Cutting 20% of sugar from packaged foods and 40% from drinks could prevent 2.48 million cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, slash diabetes cases by 750,000 and cut cardiovascular deaths by 490,000 over the lifetime of the adult US population, says a new study.

Scotland: more help for young families to eat healthily

The Best Start Foods payment to low-income families was increased in August, in accordance with the promises made by the Scottish Government.

England: BMI should be scrapped and obesity strategy is ‘dangerous’, says committee

The use of body mass index (BMI) to assess whether a person’s weight is healthy should stop, according to a report on body image by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee.

News in numbers: January/February 2021

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

Obesity: is it everybody's problem?

Can government strategy help tip the scales on the UK’s excess weight, or is there too much onus on the individual? And what do CPs think? Journalist Jo Waters reports.

News in numbers: November/December 2020

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

Pester power of children can influence family diet

Children’s ‘pester power’ may help families to eat more healthily at home, says a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

More overweight and obese children in deprived areas

Overweight and obesity rates in children and adolescents have slightly decreased during the past decade, but risen among those in disadvantaged and deprived areas.

Full-fat dairy not linked to obesity in children

Giving children full-fat milk and dairy products will not increase the risk of obesity or heart disease, a systematic review claims.

Vitamin D lack in mothers associated with ADHD in children

Low levels of maternal vitamin D in early pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a study.

Scotland: classroom obesity - a growing problem

The obesity inequality gap among Scottish school pupils is continuing to grow, with almost a quarter of children now starting school at risk of being overweight or obese.

Northern Ireland: children are eating seven times more treats than recommended limit

Children are eating seven times more unhealthy foods such as crisps, biscuits and sweets than they should be, a report shows.

Eating fish reduces risk of child eczema and asthma

Children should be introduced to fish or cod liver oil from about a year old, research suggests, after showing that those who ate fish early had a significantly reduced risk of eczema, wheezing and asthma.

Norway: Infant gluten intake raises risk of type 1 diabetes

A child’s intake of gluten at age 18 months is linked to their risk of later developing type 1 diabetes, new research suggests.

Sugar drops off shopping lists

The amount of sugar in everyday foods is falling, according to Public Health England (PHE).

Sweden: Study connects risk of developing coeliac disease to the amount of gluten children consume

The risk of developing coeliac disease is connected to the amount of gluten consumed by children genetically predisposed to the condition. 

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