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2015 was the worst year for drug overdose deaths in US history. Then 2016 came along. Theconversation. Our recent article published in the Medical Journal of Australia found that Australian and European soft drinks contained higher concentrations of glucose, and less fructose, than soft drinks in the United States.


The total glucose concentration of Australian soft drinks was on average 22% higher than in US formulations. We compared the composition of sugars in four popular, globally marketed brands – Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite and Pepsi – using samples from Australia, Europe and the US. While the total sugar concentration did not differ significantly between brands or geographical location, there were differences between countries in the concentrations of particular sugars, even when drinks were marketed under the same trade name.

Whether these differences have distinct effects on long-term health is currently unclear. Sucrose, glucose and fructose Sugars are the chief ingredient in soft drinks and include glucose, fructose and sucrose. Do they have different health impacts? Welcome Motivate 2 Move Fantastic resource for NHS health professionals on exercise & physical activity by disease. Progress on Decreasing Salt Consumption. Excess salt consumption is associated with hypertension, stroke, and heart disease.

Progress on Decreasing Salt Consumption

One way to avoid excess salt is to eat fresh foods and do your own food preparation. However, for many reasons, with convenience being a key consideration, many Americans commonly eat packaged food, which is a major source of salt. Unlike homemade food, consumers cannot control how much salt is in the packaged foods. Thus, decreasing the salt content in packaged food has been a principal focus of public health efforts. #ClimateChange is a health problem. Let's take action for a healthier environment! #ParisAgreement. #AirPollution is an invisible killer and a major cause of #ClimateChange. It can be deadly. #BreatheLife. Blogs: BJSM blog – social media's leading SEM voice » Blog Archive World Health Organisation to develop Global Action Plan to Promote Physical Activity - BJSM blog - social media's leading SEM voice.

By Charlie Foster, Trevor Shilton, Lucy Westerman, Justin Varney, and Fiona Bull More people moving more is central to a healthier world.

Blogs: BJSM blog – social media's leading SEM voice » Blog Archive World Health Organisation to develop Global Action Plan to Promote Physical Activity - BJSM blog - social media's leading SEM voice

Unfortunately, evidence tells us that people everywhere are less active than ever before, and the burden of chronic noncommunicable diseases rises unabated. In response, the WHO has launched their strategy to develop a new Global Action Plan to Promote Physical Activity. Years of advocacy have culminated in this unique opportunity; the development and comprehensive implementation of a global action plan to promote physical activity. A Top Trump Official Just Flunked The Jimmy Kimmel Test. Ca-Cola to cut 1,200 jobs as consumers turn away from sugary drinks. Amsterdam's solution to the obesity crisis: no fruit juice and enough sleep. The city of Amsterdam is leading the world in ending the obesity epidemic, thanks to a radical and wide-reaching programme which is getting results even among the poorest communities that are hardest to reach.

Amsterdam's solution to the obesity crisis: no fruit juice and enough sleep

Better known for tulips and bicycles, Amsterdam has the highest rate of obesity in the Netherlands, with a fifth of its children overweight and at risk of future health problems. The programme appears to be succeeding by hitting multiple targets at the same time – from promoting tap water to after-school activities to the city refusing sponsorship to events that take money from Coca Cola or McDonalds.

It is led by a dynamic deputy mayor with the unanimous backing of the city’s politicians. UK eats almost four times more packaged food than fresh. The UK eats almost four times as much packaged food as it does fresh produce, according to new data, with most of western Europe and north America following a similar pattern.

UK eats almost four times more packaged food than fresh

Public attitudes towards alcohol control policies in Scotland and England: Results from a mixed-methods study. Open Access Highlights UK alcohol policies restricting access to alcohol via pricing are the least popular.

Public attitudes towards alcohol control policies in Scotland and England: Results from a mixed-methods study

Daily chart: America’s opioid epidemic is worsening. ON TUESDAY February 28th, in an address to a joint session of Congress, Donald Trump vowed to end America’s “terrible drug epidemic”.

Daily chart: America’s opioid epidemic is worsening

When discussing America’s social ills, Mr Trump has a tendency to exaggerate. But on the subject of drugs, the president’s characteristically dark and apocalyptic tone may well have been warranted. In 2015 more than 52,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. We're all getting fat. There are lots of theories about what's causing the epidemic of obesity in America.

We're all getting fat

Already, two in three Americans are overweight or obese. Addressing the fentanyl threat to public health (NEJM 2017; 376:605-607) Theconversation. Sitting has been branded the “new smoking” for its supposed public health risks, especially for people with sit-down office jobs.


Over the past 15 years or so sitting has been linked with cancer, heart disease and diabetes and even depression. This has led to a surge in media stories on the risks of sitting, even for people who do a lot of exercise. Then there’s the rise in the popularity of standing desks to encourage people to get off their chairs to improve their health. The war against air pollution has begun – and it will be fought in cities. “You never see ‘air pollution’ written as the cause on death certificates,” an expert once told me.

The war against air pollution has begun – and it will be fought in cities

Can a cleaner cookstove save lives? JUDY WOODRUFF: Nearly half of the world’s population, three billion people, cook using stoves that burn wood or charcoal. That seemingly harmless act is silently killing millions every year because of regular exposure to harmful smoke. An international alliance is on a mission now to reduce those deaths by distributing 100 million cleaner stoves around the world. But some health experts doubt whether those new stoves can truly save lives. As Hari Sreenivasan reports in a story produced with Global Health Frontiers, researchers in Ghana are trying to find the answer. DR. Poor people are allowed to be fat – video. Cancer rates set to increase six times faster in women than men. Cancer rates will increase nearly six times faster in women than in men over the next 20 years, with obesity partly to blame, experts predict. As several of the obesity-related cancer types only affect women, the growing number of people of both sexes who are severely overweight is likely to have a greater effect on incidence of the disease among women, according to the analysis by Cancer Research UK.

Cases of ovarian, cervical and oral cancers are predicted to rise the most. Rates will rise by around 0.5% for men and 3% for women, meaning an estimated 4.5 million women and 4.8 million men will be diagnosed with cancer by 2035. That equates to projected UK cancer rates increasing by approximately 0.5% for men and 3% for women. Unemployment, underweight, and obesity: Findings from Understanding Society (UKHLS) - ClinicalKey. Abstract Elevated morbidity and mortality among jobseekers may be partly explained by adiposity, but previous studies of unemployment and body mass index (BMI), which have usually modelled associations as linear, have produced inconsistent results.

However, both underweight and obesity are associated with mortality, and both weight loss and weight gain associated with a stressful environment. Plain packaging and graphic warnings will ‘crush’ craft drinks, says gin master. It’s enough to make Jared Brown spill his drink. The co-founder and master distiller behind Sipsmith, the micro-distillery in the vanguard of the craft gin movement in the UK, is contemplating the possibility of graphic warning photographs and plain packaging appearing on bottles of alcohol, akin to the restrictions on tobacco that assume full force in May.

“Are they considering similar labels for bacon? Study dispels myth of links between poverty and weight. Pierce Brosnan orders ‘pan masala’ brand to remove his image after prompting criticism in India. Two diet drinks a day could double the risk of diabetes, study finds  Air pollution more deadly in Africa than malnutrition or dirty water, study warns. Africa’s air pollution is causing more premature deaths than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition, and could develop into a health and climate crisis reminiscent of those seen in China and India, a study by a global policy forum has found.

Theconversation. Leaked: Coca-Cola’s Worldwide Political Strategy to Kill Soda Taxes. The emails describe a wide-range of Coca-Cola actions Kyle Pfister/Medium Internal emails recently leaked to “DCLeaks” give the public new insight into Coca-Cola’s coordinated strategy to defeat public health policies at the local, state, national, and international levels. The leaked emails are exchanges between Coca-Cola VP Michael Goltzman and Capricia Marshall, who is a communications consultant working (the emails disclose) for both Coca-Cola and the Clinton campaign simultaneously.

Theconversation. The case against Nicole Lee, Associate Professor at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. Read & act. The many hidden causes of childhood #obesity. Let's focus on solutions, not blame. #ICO2016 @foodrev. How meditation might ward off the effects of ageing. The Global Nutrition Report.

The big problem with one of the most popular assumptions about the poor. In the late 1960s, Walter Mischel, a researcher at Stanford University, invited several hundred children to participate in a game in which they were given a choice: They could eat one sweet right away, or wait and have two a little later. Theconversation. Last week, the National Obesity Forum caused a furore by claiming that eating fat, including saturated fat, will help cut rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Theconversation. Taxing tobacco and the new vision for financing development. Systematic review: Improved stove interventions to reduce household air pollution in low and middle income countries: a descriptive systematic review.

Adiposity > Data Visualisations > NCD-RisC. Differences in cardiovascular risk factors in rural, urban and rural-to-urban migrants in Peru. Theconversation. Burning Opportunity: clean household energy for health, sustainable development and the wellbeing of women and children. WHO guideline: sodium intake for adults and children. Tobacco Atlas 2015. Article: A proposed approach to systematically identify and monitor the corporate political activity of the food industry with respect to public health using publicly available information - Mialon - 2015 - Obesity Reviews. Article: Community perceptions of health and chronic disease in South Indian rural transitional communities: a qualitative study. Article: Ageing and the epidemiology of multimorbidity.

How climate change will affect what we eat in 2050. The great salt debate: does consuming less really save lives? Report: Household energy, indoor air pollution and health. Article: Global burden of cancers attributable to infections in 2008: a review and synthetic analysis. Article: Environmental and Occupational Interventions for Primary Prevention of Cancer: A Cross-Sectorial Policy Framework. Article: Airborne pollution and cardiovascular disease: burden and causes of an epidemic. Article: WASH—World Action on Salt and Health. Article: Cigarette smoking: An undertreated risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

Article: Body Fat Distribution and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: An Update. Article: Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: From Evolution to Epidemiology.