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TOPIC: WHO: Governments should regulate fast food to slow obesity epidemic

WHO: Governments should regulate fast food to slow obesity epidemic 04 Feb 2014 00:06 #1

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Study finds deregulated food markets result in more people consuming fast food and increased health risks

Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduce more regulation into the global market for fast foods such as burgers, chips and fizzy drinks, researchers said in a report to be released Monday.

A study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that if governments took firmer action, they could start to prevent people from becoming overweight and obese – conditions with serious long-term consequences such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer.

"Unless governments take steps to regulate their economies, the invisible hand of the market will continue to promote obesity worldwide with disastrous consequences for future public health and economic productivity," said Roberto De Vogli of the University of California, Davis, who led the study.

The WHO is urging governments to do more to prevent obesity from happening in the first place, rather than risking the high human and economic costs when it does.

Suggested policies include economic incentives for growers to sell healthy, fresh foods; disincentives for industries to sell ultra-processed foods and soft drinks; cutting subsidies to growers and companies who use large amounts of fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals and antibiotics; and tighter regulation of fast-food advertising, especially to children.......

america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/2/2/who-tighter-economicregulationneededtoreverseobesityepidemic.html

Have peoples eating habits become so bad that regulation is needed?
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WHO: Governments should regulate fast food to slow obesity epidemic 04 Feb 2014 00:36 #2

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Dear Gerd! Have we become so stupid that we need Governments to tell us what to eat or not? Have Governments not got enough power and say-so over us already? Would education show us a better way than Government edicts might?

Remember the days when "cookery" used to be taught at school, including how we got fat and how we lost weight. Or should we wait for Gove to legislate something for us?

Fekkin PIT this country is.

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WHO: Governments should regulate fast food to slow obesity epidemic 04 Feb 2014 02:04 #3

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WHO: Governments should regulate fast food to slow obesity epidemic

ME: WHO should stop lying about EMR, and the health effects of continual, blanket pulsed microwave radiation to slow the global health timebomb already unfolding.

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WHO: Governments should regulate fast food to slow obesity epidemic 04 Feb 2014 08:30 #4

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I suppose with these kinds of studies you just have to go to default - Who exactly benefits from all this regulation?? It's just more money spinning, net tightening bollocks. Business as usual. Someone's making money, just one big casino. :irked:
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WHO: Governments should regulate fast food to slow obesity epidemic 04 Feb 2014 08:53 #5

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Watched a docu series some time ago which looked at the motives behind the massive food production companies.
It's true to say that ethically they are up there with Monsanto.

IIRC an interesting aside was how they countered the healthy eating movement, by reducing fat (and marketing it as the new healthy option) yet they were putting 3+ times the amount of sugar (well corn syrup) in the products.

All complete bollocks and revolving around money money money.
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