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Researchers use cocoa to tackle obesity in mice

By Danielle Masterson

Dietary supplementation with cocoa can improve obesity and obesity-related comorbidities, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

An advertising ban on HFSS foods could result in a £3bn loss for the food industry. Pics: GettyImages/Eskemar/Suradech 14/happy_lark

£500m at risk if promotion ban on HFSS bakery and snacks goes ahead

By Gill Hyslop

The predictive analytics provider told BakeryandSnacks the UK savoury snacks industry stands to lose £381.1m, while the bakery sector is at risk of losing £143.4m should the government’s injunction on advertising products labelled as high in fat, sugar...

Governments on both side of the Atlantic are shining a spotlight on sugar in order to reduce obesity. Pic: GettyImages/vchal

Sugar in the spotlight: The tax and the new Nutrition Facts label

By Gill Hyslop

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is rolling out a new Nutrition Facts label that shines a spotlight on ‘Added Sugars’ to help Americans cut back on the amount they consume, while on the other side of the pond, the UK’s sugar tax is producing...

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Bermuda launches sugar tax consultation

By Rachel Arthur

Bermuda has launched a public consultation for its proposed sugar tax, which would cover sugar-sweetened beverages, candies and plain sugar.

Hospitals urged to stop selling confectionery containing more than 250 calories. ©GettyImages/Marbury

NHS England bans ‘super-sized’ chocolate bars

By Oliver Nieburg

England’s National Health Service (NHS England) has set a 250 calorie limit on confectionery sold in hospital canteens, stores, vending machines and its other outlets.

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Research: Aussie sugar tax 'would not punish the poor’

By RJ Whitehead

A major criticism of the public health lobby’s proposed sugar sweetened beverage tax—that it would unfairly punish the poor and disadvantaged—may have been debunked by research from Deakin University’s Global Obesity Centre. 

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Chocolate and candy tax proposed in the UK

By Oliver Nieburg

Pressure group Action on Sugar is urging the UK government to expand a sugar tax on soft drinks to chocolate and sweet confectionery – a move seen as “punitive” and "discriminatory” by industry bodies.

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‘Yo-yo diet’ weight gain may be caused by gut bacteria

By Nathan GRAY

Rapid post-diet weight gain, often referred to as yo-yo dieting, could be a result of obesogenic gut bacteria which remain even after weight loss, say researchers who hope their findings could help to stop weight gain after dieting.

Plain packaging laws for cigarettes could be extended to confectionery, representing a huge threat to hard-won company trademarks, says the Institute of Economic Affairs. ©iStock/AlexLMX

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Plain confectionery packaging a heavy-handed response to health concerns

By Christopher Snowdon , Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs

Legislating for tobacco-style plain packages for confectionery is a disproportionate response to the obesity crisis and strips companies of valuable trademarks, writes the Institute of Economic Affairs' head of lifestyle economics.

This is the first human evidence that eating artificial sweeteners during pregnancy may increase the risk of early childhood overweight, say the researchers. © iStock

Artificial sweeteners linked to overweight babies

By Nathan GRAY

Consumption of artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy could double the risk infants being overweight one year after birth, according to new research in mothers.

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Online tool shows global scale of obesity-related cancer

By Niamh Michail

The impact of obesity on cancer rates across the world – and how many cases could have been prevented – is made clear with an online data tool, launched by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) last month.

Can you lose weight while drinking diet soda? One study says you can

Diet soda: A key to weight loss?

By Hal Conick

Low energy sweeteners commonly used in diet sodas may help with weight loss, says a University of Bristol study, adding that confusion among consumers between sweeteners and sugar needs to be addressed.

Public Health England report: Key points and reactions

Public Health England report: Key points and reactions

By Niamh Michail

"No single action will be effective in reducing sugar intakes," concludes Public Health England's report which recommends cutting price promotions, junk food advertising and setting a sugar tax. We look at some reactions to the findings.

Can we really price people out of the market for unhealthy foods?

Obesity: Are food taxes the answer?

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Food taxes were raised again last week as a way to help stem obesity rates – but are they really necessary? And would they work?

Tougher to market sugar confectionery in Europe as regulators crackdown on sugared products directed at kids, says Companiesandmarkets,com

Sugar disquiet to hurt Europe’s candy market

By Oliver Nieburg

The European sugar confectionery market is forecast to decline in the next few years as regulators and consumers consider the impact of sugar on public health, according to a report by Frost & Sullivan.