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Non Communicable Diseases are the biggest cause of mortality, morbidity, disability, healthy life years lost and a major cause and consequence of health inequalities The priorities for action should have the biggest impact, the shortest timescale, be most sustainable, most equitable in reducing health inequalities and injustices for the vulnerable and across generations, achieve the maxim co-benefits for the environment and reducing demand on public services and realisation of human rights. Linked Avoidable Non Communicable Diseases and conditions: CHD and Stroke -cardiovascular Circulatory diseases Cancers Respiratory diseases Liver disease Type 2 Diabetes Kidney disease Obesity Neurovascular and mixed Dementia Musco-skeletal etc. Impact […]
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Public Health England’s report ‘Sugar Reduction: the Evidence for Action‘ has, rather unexpectedly been released. The report sets out a range of tough policies that need to be taken to reduce the consumption of sugary foods and drinks that are fuelling the obesity crisis. The report makes eight key recommendations: Reduce and rebalance the number and type of price promotions in all retail outlets including supermarkets and convenience stores and the out-of-home sector (including restaurants, cafes and takeaways). Significantly reduce opportunities to market and advertise high-sugar food and drink products to children and adults across all media including digital platforms […]
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Should we be  taxing sugar?  The evidence shows that sugar is addictive and the health damage caused by excess sugar consumption means it should perhaps be treated in the same way as alcohol and tobacco. We regulate (not ‘ban’) the selling of damaging foods and other things to children; alcohol, tobacco.  If you’re obese as a child and regain normal weight by adulthood, you can be free of the risks of obesity.  But in this review, 50-70% of over 6000 obese children stayed obese as adults and were at risk of the consequences See this list from Harvard School of Public Medicine of […]
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