Plant-based diet can fight climate change – UN


A study conducted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) noted that while healthier foods become cheaper over the course of development, so too do unhealthy processed foods, like soft drinks. Read the article here.

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junk food marketing: new resources show how the industry targets communities of color

Berkeley Media Studies Group

Junk food and soda companies often aggressively market their least healthy items to low-income communities and communities of color, especially youth — the very groups that have been the hardest hit by the current epidemic of nutrition-related disease. Read blog post here.

Dietitian Breaks Down Andrew Scheer’s Food Guide Comments

HuffPost Canada

An interview with Kate Comeau, a dietitian and spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada, who debunks the myths in Andrew Scheer’s recent comments on the Canada Food Guide. Read OpEd here

Latin America’s war on obesity could be a model for U.S.

The Washington Post 

Latin American countries have introduced a number of measures to tackle increased consumption of sugary beverages and ultra-processed foods in an effort to escape the obesity epidemic that has overtaken the United States.

“One country and one strategy at a time, the region has pushed back against sugary beverages and ultra-processed foods in an effort to escape the obesity epidemic that has overtaken the United States. Infectious diseases are still the leading causes of death in developing countries, but as economies grow, Western lifestyle factors such as smoking, high-fat diet, obesity and lack of exercise are emerging public health problems.”

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Critics seek tough punishment for YouTube over kids’ privacy

The Hill Times
Consumer advocates are pushing for the US Federal Trade Commission to come down hard on YouTube’s handling of children’s privacy. The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC)  are calling for YouTube to separate children’s videos from the rest of the platform in order to crack down on illegal data collection on younger viewers. Read article here

Obesity ‘causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’

BBC News
Cancer Research UK says bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver cancers are more likely to have been caused by being overweight than by smoking tobacco and that obese people outnumber smokers two to one in the UK. Their new billboard campaign highlighting the obesity-cancer risk has landed them in hot water for fat-shaming. Read article here

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What’s so bad about processed foods? Scientists offer clues

CTV News
Three recent studies offer more clues on how our increasingly industrialized food supply may be affecting our health, they also underscore how difficult nutrition science and advice can be. Distinguishing which processed foods might be better or worse is increasingly difficult as companies continually re-engineer products to make them seem more wholesome. Read full article here.

Is it time to treat sugar like smoking?

BBC News

In the UK sugary drinks are already taxed – and now a leading think tank suggests sweets, snacks and sugary drinks should be wrapped in plain packaging to make them less appealing, given their excess consumption. Read full article

Sugar tax, prominent labels reduce sugar consumption, Ontario study suggests

Toronto Star

A University of Waterloo study suggests that taxes on sugary products and labels on the front of packages can help reduce sugar consumption. The study, which included more than 3,500 people aged 13 and over on their purchasing behaviour last spring, also found that taxes could have the greatest impact if 100 percent fruit juice was included in reduction efforts. Read article here.
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Stressed Parents Make Unhealthy Food Choices for Children

The Swaddle
Stressed-out people make bad food decisions, eating higher-calorie foods and eating more often. Stressed-out parents may be making those unhealthy choices for the children who depend on their judgment, new research finds. Read more