How big is the overweight problem in Europe? WHO knows!

March 30, 2012

Source: EUFIC

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Date of publication: March, 2012.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: EUFIC has delivered a brief overview of a recent report by the WHO which examines prevalence and patterns of obesity and overweight across Europe.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.




EPHA briefing on food taxation and other fiscal measures

January 9, 2012

Source: European Public Health Alliance.

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Date of publication: 15th December, 2011.

Publication type: Commentary.

In a nutshell: A number of European countries are considering introducing “fat” or “sugar” taxes in response to the growing problem of obesity and the economic crisis.  This briefing from the EPHA looks at how such taxes may be implemented.

Length of publication: 6 pages

UK women are ‘fattest in Europe’.

December 1, 2011

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: 26th November, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: A news report outlining the findings of a recent report which states that the UK has more obese women than any other country in the European Union.   Figures released by the European Commission showed that nearly a quarter (23.9 per cent) of women in theUK were obese in 2008/09, when the data was recorded.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

Acknowledgement: To access the report cited in this article, follow this link.

EATWELL results: how can private sector marketing techniques help improve public health?

August 15, 2011

Title: EATWELL results: how can private sector marketing techniques help improve public health?

Source: EUFIC

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Date of publication: 15th August, 2011.

Publication type: Podcast.

In a nutshell: The EU funded project EATWELL aims to provide European member states with best practice guidelines in relation to policy formulation to encourage healthy eating.  Listen to an interview with one the EATWELL team, discussing the work of the project.



Tackling Obesity Symposium, 6th September, 2011.

August 15, 2011

Title: Tackling Obesity Symposium, 6th September, 2011.

Source: Greater Manchester Public Health Practice Unit

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Date of publication: July, 2011.

Publication type: Press release.

In a nutshell: Programme details for an upcoming international symposium to be held in September at The Silken Berlaymont Hotel, Brussels.  Delegates are invited to discuss the latest challenges and share best practices in tackling obesity and developing effective health promotion strategies in Europe.

Length of publication: 3 pages.


New nutrition guidelines for Europe, halfway there…

June 6, 2011

Title: New nutrition guidelines for Europe, halfway there…

Source: EUFIC

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Date of publication: May 2011.

Publication type: Press release.

In a nutshell: An update on the progress of the development of  the latest evidence-based guidelines for the recommended daily intake of fats, carbohydrates, fibre and water in order to maintain a healthy, balanced diet.  A brief overview of draft recommendations is provided by the European Food Safety Agency.

Length of publication: 1 page.


How do consumers respond to portion information on food and drink labels?

February 18, 2011

Source: EUFIC website.

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Date of publication: 18 February, 2011.

Publication type: Web page.

In a nutshell: EUFIC, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Surrey, has published the results of its latest European nutrition labelling consumer research.  In a climate of overweight and obesity, the amount consumers eat or drink is just as important as what is eaten. Portion information is often included on food and drink labels but little is known about how consumers interpret and use this information.

This study provides evidence that when portion information is present on pack in addition to per 100g/100ml information, consumers can use it to help them to use nutrition information correctly.

Length of publication: 1 page.

Some important notes: Listen to the recorded webinar here from 22nd February.