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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.

Taxed beverage sales drop in Philadelphia, rise in its suburbs. Is it going as planned?

While sales of sweetened beverages dropped by more than half within Philadelphia’s city limits following the imposition of a soda tax, they also substantially increased just outside city limits. Tax...

Nonprofit pressures Aramark to speed-up its efforts to improve the nutrition of the meals it serves

Despite Aramark’s ambitious five-year plan to improve the health of Americans 20% by 2020, the public health non-profit Balanced wants the food service giant to do more to improve the...

Cook County soda tax due to take effect today

A penny-per-ounce Sweetened Beverage Tax in Cook County, Illinois, goes into effect today after a temporary restraining order on the levy was dismissed in Cook County Circuit Court. However, retailers...

How will added sugar labeling change the market? At IFT, companies weigh in

The controversial requirement to list added sugar on the nutrition facts panel has divided the industry. Though different parties may disagree on whether or not the move is good or...

Steviana Bioscience aims to make a splash at IFT with next generation stevia sweeteners

A new player in the stevia market - Steviana Bioscience - is looking to carve a niche in the market for next generation stevia sweeteners, which utilize some of the...

Seattle City Council passes soda tax

Seattle City Council has voted to levy a tax on soda and sugar sweetened beverages, joining other US cities such as Philadelphia and Berkeley.

Leading candy companies make historic commitment to reduce pack-sizes, increase label transparency

Leading chocolate and confectionery companies are taking an offensive position in the ongoing war on sugar by together committing to reduce calories in single serve products and increase transparency with...

Bugs could hold the key to fighting childhood obesity, suggests former President Clinton

According to former President Bill Clinton bugs could hold the answer to fighting the childhood obesity epidemic and to stemming the rising tide of Americans developing type 2 diabetes and...

Holistic approach that downplays RCTs best path to optimal nutrition, paper says

A holistic approach to optimal nutrition that would include other research modes beyond RCTs will be the best way to get a handle on the modern plague of obesity, authors...

NACS, Cumberland Farms commit to expanding access to healthy options

Corner stores, bodegas and gas stations have a bad reputation when it comes to the healthfulness of the foods and beverages they offer, but the National Association of Convenience Stores...

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Functional foods have role in reversing 'thin outside, fat inside' phenomenon, paper's authors conclude

Functional foods could have a key role to play in combating the global rise of the phenomenon of sarcopenic obesity, according to a published report of the proceedings of a...

Santa Fe rejects soda tax

Santa Fe voters yesterday rejected a tax on sugar sweetened beverages in the city.

Success of allulose in Mexico shows what’s possible in the US if added sugar labeling rules change, says Tate & Lyle

Allulose could change the sugar reduction game... if labeling rules are changed, says Tate & Lyle

Allulose – an ultra low-calorie sugar found naturally in jackfruit and figs that Tate & Lyle is making in commercial quantities from corn using enzymes – has got some high...

Canada sugar drinks levy would save 13,000 lives, say researchers

Health organizations in Canada are calling for a sugary drinks levy, with new research suggesting the measure would save 13,000 lives over the next 25 years. But the Canadian Beverage...

‘Exciting findings’: Capsicum extract may help slim waist lines

Daily supplementation with extracts from chili peppers may significantly reduce the waist to hip ratio in healthy adults, says a new study.

Obesity caused by parents, not social or economic factors: Study

Up to 40% of obesity in children is inherited from parents - irrespective of wealth and social status, new research has found.

Irish study says people with highest dairy consumption have lower BMI

A new study looking at dairy consumption and its relationship with metabolic health has delivered some promising results for the dairy industry.

State bills call for warnings about risks associated with synthetic dyes & sugar-sweetened beverages

Two California state senate bills would mandate controversial warnings on some foods and beverages, and if enacted could start a domino effect among other like-minded states, potentially creating a patchwork...

Ag Committee weighs whether SNAP should pay for sugary drinks

Prohibiting the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages and other “unhealthy” foods and beverages with SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, likely would not discourage their consumption, but would be costly...

Snacking Innovation Summit trend-watching: Mini-meals, tapas-style eating, and hero SKUs

The trend towards continuous grazing throughout the day will create new ‘multi-temperature’ snacking opportunities for manufacturers as a ‘tapas-style’ approach to eating gains momentum, predicted panelists at the FoodNavigator-USA/BakeryandSnacks snacking...

Kevin Klock: ‘Now we have created a real brand identity’

Sparkling ICE unveils $37m ad campaign, queries soda tax inconsistencies: 'It's a mess'

Talking Rain Beverage Co has unveiled a $37m national ad campaign that president Kevin Klock says will give Sparkling ICE a stronger brand identity – something it has historically lacked,...

Should foods high in added sugar be disqualified from making nutrient content and health claims?

High levels of added sugar should disqualify foods from being able to make health claims, or nutrient content claims such as ‘healthy’ or ‘high fiber,’ argues a citizen’s petition filed...

‘Striking’ rise in consumption of no- and low-calorie sweeteners stokes debate about their health impact

A “striking” increase in the consumption of no- and low-calorie sweeteners over 13 years combined with conflicting data on their connection to obesity, diabetes and other health issues escalates the...

Study connecting meat to asthma 'reckless,' NAMI says

New research suggesting a connection between consuming cured and processed meat and worsening asthma symptoms is "reckless" and "flies in the face of real clinical medical knowledge," according to the North American Meat Institute. ...

Screen time contributes to Santa-like waistlines: Study

Gifts given from the heart this Christmas may not be good for waistlines as a study identifies popular presents such smartphones, tablets and video games as contributing to obesity rates...

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