April 2017
All-island Obesity Newsletter
Obesity in the News

Budget 2017: New sugar tax confirmed by Philip Hammond in fight to combat rising obesity - The Independent

Is it possible to be healthy and obese? - The Guardian

Obesity crisis: Is this the food that is making us all fat? - BBC News

Doctors don't have to sugar the obesity pill - The Guardian

Why we need to stop junk food advertisers targeting kids online - The Irish Times

Overweight boys much more likely to suffer liver disease when older - The Independent 

Food giants reject lower sugar target - The Times 

Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study - The Guardian

Is a healthy diet affordable? 

Research released by the Institute of Economic Affairs in the United Kingdom (UK) compared the price of food using two methods:

  1. Direct comparisons of healthy and less healthy substitutes (E.g. full-fat yoghurt and low-fat yoghurt).
  2. Comparison of healthy and less healthy substitutes by edible weight. 
The cheapest brands were priced in November 2016. Examples of food comparisons include wholemeal bread Vs white bread, low-fat yoghurt Vs full-fat yoghurt and bran flakes Vs chocolate breakfast cereal.  

Main findings from the direct substitute’s method include:
  • Little difference in the price of regular food compared with its healthier substitute was found.
  • The majority of healthy and less healthy foods cost the same. 
Main findings from the cost by edible weight method include:
  • Healthier food was found to be cheaper than less healthy food.
  • Many fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates are available at less than £2.00 per Kg.
  • Less healthy foods such as ready meals and chocolate cost £3.00 or more per Kg.

Physical Activity


Family-based interventions to increase physical activity in children: a systematic review, meta-analysis and realist synthesis (full text)

The home environment and toddler physical activity: an ecological momentary assessment study (full text)

Timing of the decline in physical activity in childhood and adolescence: Gateshead Millennium Cohort Study (full text)

Targeting reductions in sitting time to increase physical activity and improve health (abstract) 

Association between perceived weight discrimination and physical activity: a population-based study among English middle-aged and older adults (full text)

Physical activity, sedentary behaviour and the risk of overweight and obesity in school aged children (abstract)


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