When obesity is not just a health problem; information is a citizen's right

180813octagonoetiquetadoMONTEVIDEO (Uypress) - Obesity and overweight are a health problem in our country. The WHO considers childhood obesity one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century, and Uruguay does not escape this epidemic.

The Executive Branch is considering a decree on the labeling of industrial foods, the result of a process that took many months of negotiation between different actors, which involves regulating industrial foods, processed and ultraprocessed, and provides for the incorporation of a front seal – a black octagon, as is already happening in Chile - with warnings on products that have excess sugar, saturated fats, sodium.

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Tackling Childhood Obesity in Canada

12 childhoodobesity 1Canada, like many countries around the world, is facing a growing epidemic of chronic diseases. Many of these diseases are propagated by an increase in overweight and obese populations, seen particularly in children. In Canada, one in three children are overweight or obese – a number that has nearly tripled in the last thirty years[i]. Access and availability of nutritious foods, built environment, school food environment, and levels of physical activity are just a few of the factors with the potential to impact child overweight and obesity levels[ii].

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Webinar - "Physical Activity in the Americas:  conflict of interest, launching of GAPPA and next steps"

Similarities exist between the strategies being developed by the industry of ultraprocessed food products and beverages (IPUCB) and those strategies that the tobacco industry have used. The difference lies in the dimension of the power of one industry over the other and in the greater penetration of the IPUCB in national and international organizations on the grounds that it is a necessary product for subsistence as opposed to tobacco.

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Saving lives, spending less: New WHO investment case for NCDs

savelivesspendlesscoverA new WHO report launched today shows that the world's poorest countries can gain US$350 billion by 2030 by scaling up investments in preventing and treating chronic diseases, like heart disease and cancer, that cost an additional US$1.27 per person annually. Such actions would save more than 8 million lives over the same period.

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