(From New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
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As part of the National Soda Summit this week, we will be chatting about strategies to reduce soda-related disease.
When? Today, June 3rd 2014 2-3 PM ET
How? Follow hashtag #SodaSummit14 on Twitter.
(From Institute of Medicine, IOM)
The United States and Mexico are now effectively tied for a top spot nobody really wants — most obese in the developed world.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), both populations are edging the 70 percent mark for citizens who are considered overweight or obese.*
(From PBS Newshour)
Ireland is predicted to become the fattest country in Europe by 2030, according to a study released by the World Health Organization and the UK Health Forum.
As many as 90 percent of Irish men and 84 percent of Irish women are projected to be classified as overweight or obese by then. Blame goes to the usual culprits: unhealthy diets high in sugar and fats, and a lack of exercise.
The study defines overweight as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 (169 to 202 pounds for a 5’ 9” adult, for example) and obese as a BMI of 30 (over 203 pounds for that height).
The picture isn’t a whole lot prettier for the rest of Europe. The study, which used a vast quantity of BMI measurements from around the Continent and computer modeling to predict trends, show rises in obesity rates across nearly all 53 Eurozone countries.
Even countries that aren’t at the top of the weight gain list will suffer. Forty four percent of Belgian men and 47 percent of Dutch men are projected to be classified as overweight or obese by 2030. (Note: In both countries, a popular snack is french fries with mayo.)
By contrast, three-quarters of men in England will be classed as either overweight or obese, and 8 out of 10 men in the Czech Republic, Spain and Poland.
Photo: Fried cod awaits its destiny as fish and chips in London. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
One in every five calories Canadians consume comes from sugar. Most people know that soft drinks, syrup and candy are high in sugar, but there are many other foods that contain lots of sugar, foods you may think contain minimal amounts. Some examples include: salad dressing, granola bars, ketchup and ready-to-eat meals all contain added sugar.
Check your foods for added sugars. If you see any of these words on the ingredient list, you can be sure that food has added sugar:
- Sucrose, sugar, liquid sugar, invert sugar
- Words that end in “ose” such as glucose, fructose and dextrose
- Corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrin
- Honey, molasses, maple syrup
- Concentrated fruit juice
How much sugar is too much sugar?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is currently discussing lowering the limit of sugar to 5% of our daily caloric intake. This is equivalent to 6 teaspoons or 25 grams of sugar a day. One 355ml can of pop has approximately 10 teaspoons (30 grams) of sugar – more than a day’s worth!
Backstage, Ryan Shadrick Wilson, General Counsel at Partnership for a Healthier America, discusses a public health crisis revolving around food and consumption. She shares what can be done to promote healthier eating habits in America along with some alarming statistics that are motivators to make change.
You can find her stage presentation on the subject here.