Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Sugar tax to fund Healthy Food promotion v obesity & diabetes

In this week's news the BMA (British Medical Council), representing Britain's GPs, called for a 20% tax on sugary drinks to limit the damage caused, especially to children, by heavily advertised low-nutrition drinks.

sugar tax for health
 They made a case for using that income to subsidise fresh fruit and vegetables.

However, fresh (and rapidly frozen) fruit and veg aren't expensive compared to even 'bargain' processed foods and ready meals.

The tax would be better spent on advertising all the healthy foods that currently gain little media coverage.

cynical food corporations profit from obesity

“Doctors are increasingly concerned about the impact of poor diet, which is responsible for up to 70,000 deaths a year, and has the greatest impact on the NHS budget, costing £6bn annually,” said Prof Sheila Hollins, chair of the BMA board of science.

 Guardian summary is more readable than the BMA :)

Related news:

 Superfoods don't advertise (wellbeing, nutrition v corporations)

 Healthy, unprocessed diet includes natural fats for wellbeing
nutrition education for best diet on a budget


 BMA, diet, health, obesity, sugar, wellbeing, advertising

Some of the cynical food corporations believe we are so dim that we'll spend £1 on a disposable (toxic) aluminium can of water, provided it is advertised and sweetened. It makes no sense to comply with the wishes of the pathologically wealthy that orchestrate such nonsense.


pete said...

#sugartax for #NHS in hospitals and surgeries BBC sugar tax report

pete said...

Updated sugar tax news from the NHS
soft drink industry

Healthy Food news said...

#healthyfood Mum using healthy eating to treat #cancer healthy food news

'I think by feeding my body good things, it will have an impact. I've done a lot of scientific research into it.'

Make-up artist Sarah was diagnosed with cancer after she noticed an indentation on her left breast, as she danced naked in front of her 60-year-old mum Annie Herbert's mirror in Bermondsey, south London, on December 3 last year.

Sarah, is now following an alkaline-based vegan diet – believing it will give her the best chance of beating the disease, which has previously affected several members of her family.
The area of her breast where Sarah had a biopsy on 22 December 2016

health news said...

positive #food for body, mind and heart all promote #health.

Symbolic, emotional, spiritual food are all beneficial to health

healthyfood education said...

more info on the role of satisfying (often fat, protein, fibre) #healthyfoods in #weightloss.

#sugarfree is good - and doesn't merit a whole textbook or weekly attendance at pricey gym classes ...

weightloss news .

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