Tax sugary drinks to lower obesity (and cancer risk), says World Health Organization

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The World Health Organization is urging countries to tax sugary sodas, and other sugary drinks in order to lower consumption, which can reduce the numbers of people suffering from diabetes as well as cancer and other non-communicable diseases, according to a report they released today.

Regular consumption of sugary drinks leads to overweight and obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, the report highlights. With these their link to weight gain, sugary drinks also increase cancer risk. AICR research shows overweight and obesity increases risk of eleven cancers, including post-menopausal breast, colorectal and esophageal.

Avoiding sugary drinks is one of AICR’s Recommendations for Cancer Prevention. Read more… “Tax sugary drinks to lower obesity (and cancer risk), says World Health Organization”

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    Low calorie-dense diets – think veggies – may lower breast cancer risk

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    Diets high in fruits, vegetables and other foods with fewer calories per bite may lower an older women’s risk of breast cancer compared to women who eat lots of high calorie-dense foods, suggests a new study. The findings suggest the link is independent of overweight and obesity, a risk factor for postmenopausal breast cancer.

    The study was published in The Journal of Nutrition.

    In this study researchers looked at energy density, the amount of calories in a certain weight of food, typically a gram. Cakes, ice cream and other foods heavy in oils and added sugars are high in energy density. Low energy-dense foods are higher in water and fiber, making these foods generally lower in calories for every gram. Vegetables, fruits and many unprocessed grains are generally low in energy-density.

    The study analyzed data from almost 57,000 postmenopausal women who had no history of breast cancer.
    Read more… “Low calorie-dense diets – think veggies – may lower breast cancer risk”

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      Teens Less Likely to Choose Sugary Drinks with Health Warning Label

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      Whether it’s soda or energy drinks, teenagers consume a lot of sugary beverages. Health warning labels on sugary beverages may help sway a few teens away from these drinks, at least hypothetically, finds a recent study.

      The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

      Helping teens drink fewer sugary beverages is important because too many can lead to weight gain – with teens taking in an estimated 280 calories a day from sugary drinks, according to one study. That weight gain can stick into adulthood. And too much body fat increases the risk of many common adult cancers, along with other chronic diseases. Read more… “Teens Less Likely to Choose Sugary Drinks with Health Warning Label”

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