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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    4 of every 10 women in US, 17% of kids now obese – disturbing news for cancer prevention

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    Four of every ten women living in the US are now obese, a new high in the obesity epidemic, with rates continuing to be disturbingly high among children, finds two new studies published in JAMA.

    The findings by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control are significant for cancer risk and obesity prevention efforts.

    Aside from not smoking, obesity is the single largest lifestyle factor linked with increased cancer risk. Too much body fat now links to higher risk of 11 cancers, including post-menopausal breast, colorectal, and ovarian.

    Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 12.59.06 PMThe study that focused on adults found that in 2014, almost 38 percent of people living in the US were obese overall. That rate is slightly lower for men, with 35 percent obese, and higher for women, at 40.4 percent of women categorized as obese.

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      Jamie Oliver calls for a global food revolution

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      FOODREV_JamieOliverLast year, you lovely lot supported my global day of action, Food Revolution Day, shouting about the need to teach every child about good food, in turn helping them to be healthier and happier. Today, we’re again making a big noise about the global Food Revolution, with our fifth annual day of action, Food Revolution Day, and I wanted to briefly update you on what we’re planning in order to ensure that 2016 is a breakthrough year.

      Firstly, rather than focusing all our efforts on a single day, we’re using the Food Revolution to launch an ongoing, global campaign to provoke debate and inspire positive, meaningful change in the way we access, consume and understand food. We want to inspire and encourage people all over the world to make better, more informed decisions around food, and in turn, empower them to support and push for positive change in the wider food industry.

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