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The obesity problem

The obesity problem

Obesity rates have ballooned in the US in recent years – 15% of the population was obese in 1980, compared to more than a third of US adults today, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These swelling figures – along with the rising cost of healthcare for obesity-related diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease – have put pressure on government and industry to find a solution.

Another study associating saturated fat with heart disease prompts calls for healthier dietary patterns

The question of whether butter, as a stand-in for saturated fat, “is back” and safe to eat in large amounts or not is a false and distracting dichotomy in the...

Consumers seek ‘low-sugar’ claims, but remain confused & distrustful of nutrition labeling

Too much sugar remains a top consumer concern, but confusion about how to read product labels and general distrust of their accuracy means many Americans are at a loss as...

Dr Marion Nestle: Food safety, sustainability, nutrition not high on Trump's priority list

Four US cities vote for soda taxes: 'This is an astonishing repudiation of Big Soda'

Voters in the Bay Area cities of Albany, Oakland, and San Francisco, as well as Boulder, CO, have voted to levy a tax on soda and sugary drinks, while four...

Baby and toddler snacks often fall short on nutrition while marketing misleads parents, review reveals

Food manufacturers should voluntarily expand the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative for improving food advertising to children to include marketing of baby and toddler food and drinks, the Rudd...

Dairy alternatives continue to grow with almond milk at the forefront, market research reveals

With a projected annual growth rate of more than 13% through 2022, the dairy alternative market – especially beverages – continues to pave the way forward for the overall expansion...

World health leaders push for junk food taxes and ad bans

The World Medical Association has lent its weight in support of tough new policies to curb obesity, including taxes on junk food and sugary drinks as well as bans on...

Not all calories are the same: Those from excessive omega-6s more damaging than omega-3s

When it comes to weight management not all calories are created equally – especially when they come from omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, according to an editorial in the online...

Cargill believes it has passed stevia taste test just in time for new nutrition labels

Consumer research leads Cargill to believe that it has finally rounded the stevia taste bend, just in time for the revamp of nutrition labeling phases in over the next several...

Kellogg, Post & General Mills hit with wave of lawsuits as plaintiff’s bar turns up the heat on sugar

If a high percentage of the calories in your product are from added sugar, and you are stating or implying that it’s healthy and nutritious, are you at risk of...

USDA inches toward allowing online grocery purchases with food stamps

Under pressure from industry, consumers and legislators, the US Department of Agriculture is exploring how Americans can use food stamps to buy groceries online.

How the sugar lobby paid scientists to point the finger at fat: JAMA

The US sugar lobby paid for influential research in the 1960s to downplay the link between sugar and coronary heart disease and instead point the finger at fat, according to...

News in brief

FOOD VISION USA: If not health, then what? What motivates the mainstream consumer (and how do you find out)?

Most consumers are pre-disposed to eating more healthily, but they're not obsessed with the latest health trends, says Mindless Eating author Dr Brian Wansink. So how should food marketers talk to them?...

What does health & wellness mean to consumers? Nielsen conducts global survey

US consumers increasingly see non-GMO, natural, organic and clean label claims as a proxy for ‘healthy’ or ‘healthier,’ says Nielsen in a new report* examining how consumers around the globe...

WHO adds more cancer types linked to excess weight

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified obesity as more of a risk factor for cancer than previously thought as a report identifies more cancer types linked to excess weight. ...

Healthy advertising at sporting campaigns under scrutiny in run-up to next Olympics

With the Olympics over for another four years, a team of scientists will begin a new study into healthy advertising at major sports events.

Berkeley ‘soda tax’ linked to 21% drop in sugary beverage consumption, study finds

Within months of enacting Berkeley’s controversial “soda tax” and the corresponding public awareness campaign on the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages, consumption of the drinks in the California city dropped...

Guidelines not sugar-coated: Limits for children announced

Children between the ages of two and 18 should consume fewer than six teaspoons of added sugars daily, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends.

FOOD VISION USA: Is the food industry working for or against the consumer?

Making a profit and promoting health are not mutually exclusive, and healthy food brands now generate some serious profits. But no business will willingly engage in initiatives that could damage...

Food industry under fire over Olympic sponsorship deals

The Olympic Games in Rio has been branded a “carnival of junk food marketing” as campaigners published new research on advertising tactics used by Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Mars brand M&Ms. Kellogg’s were...

Is the food industry working for or against the consumer? Find out at Food Vision USA 2016

San Francisco soda health warnings violate First Amendment by forcing manufacturers to denigrate their own products, says WLF

The Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) has urged the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to stop enforcing a San Francisco ordinance requiring sugary drink ads to include health...

Sloan Trends: 'The move away from fortification is very troubling'

Manufacturers have been ‘cleaning up’ food labels for years, but the pressure to oust 'unpronounceable' ingredients has now become so great that important vitamins and minerals (which often have chemical-sounding...

'Directing’ shoppers to healthy food increases spending in this sector: Study

In-store marketing of fruit and vegetables leads to consumers spending more on healthy produce as a greater proportion of their food budget, a study has found.

Health Warrior CEO to join CEO panel at Food Vision USA 2016

Health Warrior CEO: ‘We’d love to be a true umbrella brand for healthy nutrient dense whole foods’

Chia-fueled brand Health Warrior will be unveiling new products next year that utilize other nutrient-dense whole foods, says CEO Shane Emmett, who is predicting a 40-60% rise in revenues in...

Review supports the appetite control effects of Taiyo’s Sunfiber

As little as two grams per day of Sunfiber, Taiyo’s proprietary form of guar fiber, may help reduce calorie intake from snacking by as much as 20%, according to a...

Chinese chocolate market hit by price hikes and health concerns

Health concerns and price hikes are taking their toll on the Chinese chocolate market – with value and volumes sales in decline according to analysts.

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