New weight management campaign launched to tackle obesity

The new campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact of obesity-related-ill-health and features our founder Prof Janet Cade.

We're pleased to announce that our founder, Prof Janet Cade, has recently worked with Mediaplanet on the 2019 Health Awareness: Weight Management campaign alongside other thought-leaders and industry experts.

The article features exclusive content from Prof Janet Cade and Dr Bernadette Moore (School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds) discussing how their research could help to reduce childhood obesity, including the high sugar content of yoghurts and how technologies such as myfood24 could be used to improve patient outcomes.

12 June 2019

Call for clearer labelling after Sugar content of honey and syrups analysed

Despite honey and syrups being classed as free sugars, the same as table sugar, products containing them are often marketed as ‘healthier’ products, potentially misleading consumers. Action on Sugar are calling for clearer front of pack labelling.

In 2015 the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition advised that the term ‘free sugars’ should replace the terms 'Non Milk Extrinsic Sugars' and 'added sugars'. Free sugars encompasses all sugars added to foods by manufactures, cooks or consumers, alongside those sugars naturally present in honey, syrup and unsweetened fruit juice.

3 May 2019

Prof Cade talks dietary assessment at ILSI meeting

Prof Janet Cade discussed the latest advances in dietary assessment technologies suchas apps and wearables, including the validation of myfood24, at the annual ILSI meeting held in Florida.

Article written by Prof Janet Cade:

Best practice guidelines for reporting new technologies to measure diet

I was lucky enough to get some winter sunshine at the ILSI (International Life Sciences Institute) Annual Meeting and Science Symposium. This was held in Clearwater, Florida in January 2019. New technologies was the theme of the meeting, and I presented on Dietary intake assessment using technology including wearables: gaps and requirements.

29 March 2019

Fruit juice vs whole fruit and the risk of CVD

New Study: Pure fruit juice and fruit consumption and the risk of CVD: the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition–Netherlands (EPIC-NL) study

There is strong evidence to suggest that fruit and vegetable consumption reduces the risk of a variety of diseases including cardiovascular disease (CVD). The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that individuals should consume at least 400g of fruit and vegetables daily, this led to the ‘5 a day’ campaign in the UK.

For some, consuming fruit juice as part of the recommended fruit and vegetable intake may make it more achievable. However, whether fruit juice is an acceptable alternative to whole fruit and carries the same health benefits as whole fruit, remains unclear.

27 February 2019

Suggested portion sizes do not reflect actual portion size consumed

New study published: Comparing consumed portion sizes of energy dense foods with their on-pack serving sizes

In the last 20 years UK guidance on portion size has not been updated, despite larger portion sizes being consumed. A recent study, led by the Nutritional Epidemiology Group at the University of Leeds funded by the World Health Organisation, looked at the differences between suggested serving-sizes displayed on-pack and consumed portion sizes for energy-dense snack foods.

22 January 2019

New portion size guidance published

This week the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) launched some new resources aimed to help individuals ‘get portion wise’. 

The resources developed by the BNF are designed to complement the Eatwell Guide, they split foods into 5 categories and suggest a range of servings that individuals should aim to consume daily: 3-4 portions of starchy carbohydrates, 2-3 portions of proteins, 2-3 portions of dairy and alternatives, 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables and small amounts of unsaturated oils and spreads. The guide also puts foods high in fat, salt and/or sugar into a ‘Treats’ category suggesting to keep portion sizes small and not to consume these foods too often.

16 January 2019

Recent findings published by NHS Digital

NHS Digital have published findings from their Health Survey for England 2017

This week the findings from NHS Digital’s Health Survey for England 2017 were published and reported on by various news outlets. Here we summarise just some of the findings:

Obesity and Diabetes

In 2017, 64% of adults were overweight or obese in England, men were more commonly overweight than women (40% vs 31%, respectively) while more women were obese than men (30% vs 27%, respectively). 12% of men and 9% of women with a very high waist circumference had either diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes.

In 2017, 30% of children aged 2-15 years old were overweight or obese (17% obese). Those children with obese parents were 3 times more likely to be obese than children with healthy weight parents.

6 December 2018

Prevention is key to tacking obesity-related illnesses

UK Government has announced that an extra £20.5 billion a year will be given to the NHS, one of the key priorities being the prevention of ill health.  

Currently the UK spends £97 billion treating diseases but only £8 billion preventing them.

In the UK alone, nearly two thirds of adults and a quarter of children are overweight or obese increasing the risk of a variety of diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Obesity-related ill health is costing the NHS £6 billion a year and £27 billion to the wider society, while the total cost of type 2 diabetes currently sits at £24 billion a year.

Yet many of the diseases putting a significant strain on our NHS are not inevitable. They can and should be prevented.

5 December 2018

7,000 under 25's with type 2 diabetes in England and Wales

GPs are already under considerable pressure. And now, according to Diabetes UK, they are also dealing with a huge increase in type 2 diabetes in children and young adults under 25.

28 November 2018

Calls for stronger national diet surveys

We need to "strengthen and expand nationally representative diet and nutrition surveys" 

Prof Janet Cade emphasised this statement from the WHO European Food and Nutrition Action Plan (2014) at the IV World Congress of Public Health Nutrition and XII Congress of the Spanish Society for Community Nutrition - NUTRIMAD 2018, held in Madrid in October 2018. 

20 November 2018