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Public Health England targets calories in new obesity drive

New research from Public Health England indicates that across the lifespan, we are all eating too many calories every day in England. Most of us know the recommended guidance on calorie intake – 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men,

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Can where you live make you obese?

The childhood obesity crisis in England hits the headlines yet again this week. Public Health England mapped childhood obesity in the England using the data coming from the national child measurement program. For the first time, the data ranked every

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New Change4Life campaign targets sugary snacks

‘100 calorie snacks, two a day max’ Earlier this week, Public Health England launched a new wave of their flagship Change4Life campaign, specifically promoting healthier snack choices for children. The campaign is part of a bid to help children consume

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Priorities in tackling obesity for future governments

The news from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that the UK is the most obese country in Western Europe doesn’t really come as a big surprise. Whilst Public Health England claim their plans to tackle obesity are

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Guest Blog: Downsizing for Public Health

Dr. Ashleigh Haynes and Dr. Eric Robinson are researchers at the University of Liverpool, Institute of Psychology Health and Society.  A recent report from the Royal Society for Public Health showed that on average, adults in the UK are offered

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The New CAP Non-Broadcast Restrictions Q&A

Who are CAP? CAP stands for the Committee of Advertising Practice. They are a private organisation who are responsible for writing advertising codes in the UK. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) are the sister organisation who are responsible for enforcing

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Guest Blog: Junk brands get onto children’s newfeeds and interact like real life friends

Helena O’Donnell is Project Manager of Irish Heart’s advocacy campaign Stop Targeting Kids. Irish Heart works to influence government policy to improve outcomes for people at risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Irish Heart is concerned for Ireland’s serious childhood

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Junk Food Marketing – a Crisis in the Marketplace

Junk food marketing (JFM) employs the use of tactful, strategic and appealing marketing techniques, often tailored to the preferences or demands of different ages or population groups, to advertise a vast range of foods which are often of low nutritional

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Take Aways: Why Does Location Matter?

Fast food is a broad term which covers a range of foods that can be easily and quickly bought and eaten. Today in the UK, fast food holds a cemented place in the diet of many households, as many believe

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Food Active Event: The Marketing of Junk Food to Children (July 15th 2016)

On Friday 15th July, supported by Lancashire County Council, Association of Directors of Public Health (NW) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (NW), Food Active held an event ahead of the  CAP Consultation on restricting advertising of unhealthy

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