As the UK moves closer to implementing its soft drinks industry levy (or 'sugar tax' as it is more commonly known), more and more companies are announcing their plans to reformulate their products, showing that it's entirely possible to reduce sugar and provide healthier options.
As I write this blog, a debate is raging about how to overcome a very modern problem; the harm obesity is causing to our children and to society. You may have seen the statistics released this month revealing that by 11 years old one in three children are already overweight or obese.
In fact, while good health is certainly a topic that should be taken seriously, I can't help but think all the scare mongering is having a negative impact on people's lives. We are all being set up to fail, and nothing makes people crave unhealthy food more than when they're feeling low.
It is difficult to deny the current problem of obesity in the United Kingdom- a situation which displays only a bleaker forecast each year. At present...
There's a devastating epidemic spreading across the world that is being ignored by world leaders. One that, since the 1980s, has been spiralling out o...
In a box tucked away in the back of my bedroom cupboard I have a small piece of paper that serves as a reminder to a former self. The slip contains some numbers which still haunt me to this day...the digits in question revealed my former weight, one which revealed at the age of 20, I was officially classified as obese.
It is time that Olympics stopped giving one message about health and fitness through the games themselves, but a completely different message through the sponsors they choose. It is no wonder that the 2012 Olympics, although a wonderful spectacle, did not result in an improvement in health and fitness in the UK.Sadly the same will be true of Brazil. There needs to be an end of junk food sponsorship of the Olympics and Team GB should never again be sponsored by an alcohol company.
Every year, sci-fi blockbusters offer various perspectives of the future of the human race. As familiar yellow lettering soars across star-filled skies once again, more than just the force should be awakening. Science fiction works such as The Illustrated Man and WALL-E have provided stark projections of the future, and we may be carelessly heading straight for them.
Given the UK has one of the highest levels of obesity in Western Europe with one in three children overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, the government should be doing everything in its power to tackle this problem. Instead it rowed back on its promises by announcing a weak plan rather than the robust strategy it promised.
Any public health measure must always consider the financial impact of action. But it is simply misleading to talk about possible financial impact of a measure without also talking about the economic burden we are already facing. The economic argument for action is huge - £27billion a year. That's why we can't afford not to introduce the soft drinks industry levy.
It's about time we looked beyond our individual eating habits and considered the wider social and cultural drivers of the ways we consume, and stop placing responsibility and blame for obesity or ill health solely with the individual. Like much else, obesity is a collective issue that needs a comprehensive response...
Most of us don't know what an appropriate portion should look like and, following today's article in the BBC, we're under-reporting the amount of calories we eat by almost one-third. Apart from the 80g portion of fruit and vegetables we should eat a day, there are no official UK guidelines on portion sizes. With this in mind, here is my easy guide for understanding portion sizes and it's based on a simple tool - your hand!
The reality is that children are getting fatter because they live in a society that encourages weight gain and obesity. Poor diet has become a feature of our children's lives, with junk food more readily available, and food manufacturers bombarding children with their marketing every day for food and drinks that are extremely bad for their health.
The new government has to be able to have the freedom to look at some of the decisions made by the previous government, like the sugar tax, and has to have the freedom to say 'actually, we don't think we will go ahead with this'. And bravo to them if they have the guts to do this.
Through all the political turmoil of the past few weeks and discussions about what Brexit means for Britain, one thing has remained consistently true - we need to take strong action on childhood obesity. The UK's very high levels of childhood obesity, dental decay and diet-related ill-health did not magically decrease after the Brexit vote.
I must admit, I get increasingly frustrated with some of the reports I read in our papers these days. Take a recent article that appeared in The Daily...