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 Welcome to the April issue of
All-island Obesity News
This issue includes a look at the introduction of a sugar-sweetened drinks tax. If you would like to submit an item for inclusion in this newsletter please email obesityforum@safefood.eu
Feature
Sugar-sweetened drinks tax
The governments in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI) are introducing a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. The tax commenced in NI on 6 April 2018 and will commence in ROI on 1 May 2018.
 
The tax nicknamed the ‘sugar tax’ will apply to non-alcoholic, water-based and juice-based drinks which have 5 grams or more of sugar per 100ml. The tax will not apply to pure fruit juice or drinks with a high milk content.
In Northern Ireland it has yet to be confirmed how money generated from the tax will be spent. In the Republic of Ireland the money generated will not be ring-fenced for health. 
Read more about the tax in the Republic of Ireland here and in Northern Ireland here.
Events
14 - 15 May 2018 | London, UK
 
ICO 2018: 20th International conference on obesity
23 - 26 May 2018 | Vienna, Austria
 
ECO 2018 - 25th European Congress on Obesity
 
29 - 31 May 2018 | Belfast, NI
 
Belfast summit on global food integrity (ASSET 2018)

7 June 2018 | Galway, Ireland
 
Participation and empowerment for health service users: strengthening the circle
 
18 - 19 June 2018 | Leeds, UK
 
6th Annual weight stigma conference
 
 
20 - 22 June 2018 | Ulster University
 
Irish Section Conference 2018: Targeted approaches to tackling current nutritional issues 
Reports
Report 1
NDNS: results from years 7 and 8 - Read the report
 
Report 2 
Sign of the times 2018 - Read the report
 
Report 3 
Under Pressure: new evidence on young people's broadcast
marketing exposure in the UK - 
Read the report
Research
Inequalities in overweight and obesity

School sociodemographic characteristics and obesity in schoolchildren: does the obesity definition matter? (full-text)
Click here to read
 
Income and obesity: what is the direction of the relationship? A systematic review and meta-analysis (full-text)
Click here to read
 
International trends in ‘bottom-end’ inequality in adolescent physical activity and nutrition: HBSC study 2002–2014 (abstract)
Click here to read
News
The Irish Independent
Obesity risk doubles for teenagers who see daily junk food ads 
 
The Guardian
Obesity dulls sense of taste, study suggests


The Irish Times
Temple Street hospital team warns politicians on childhood obesity 

Read news article
The Guardian
Call to tighten junk food advert rules after obesity link shown

Read news article
The Irish Independent
Children facing two-year wait to see obesity specialists
 
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