Free soda: France bans unlimited sugary drink refills

By BBC News Restaurants and other spaces catering to the public in France have been banned from offering unlimited sugary drinks in an effort to reduce obesity. It is now illegal to sell unlimited soft drinks at a fixed price or offer them unlimited for free. The number of overweight or obese people in France…

The Case Against Sugar

By Joanna Blythman For the last 15 years, US journalist Gary Taubes has been the self-nominated public enemy No 1 of the global “healthy eating” establishment. His heresy has been to argue powerfully and publicly that the official diet advice we have been encouraged to follow since the 1970s is fundamentally wrong. It is refined…

Poor Diet Is The Greatest Risk To Worldwide Health

By Allison Fox Diet-related disease is not just an American problem. Across the globe, poor diets now pose a greater collective health risk than unsafe sex, alcohol, drugs and tobacco use combined, according to a new report by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. “This snuck up on us,” report co-author Patrick Webb, a…

WHO Says All Countries Should Tax Sugary Drinks To Curb Obesity

By Stephanie Nebehay Governments should tax sugary drinks to fight the global epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. A 20 percent price increase could reduce consumption of sweet drinks by the same proportion, the WHO said in “Fiscal Policies for Diet and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases”, a report issued…

Mindful Eating, ADHD, and Nutrition

By Mark Bertin The words attention deficit are so strongly associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), many people overlook other far-reaching consequences of the disorder. Among them are poor eating habits, eating disorders, and a higher-than-average risk of becoming overweight as a result of having ADHD. For example, a recent study linked ADHD to binge eating….

Low-fat diets stuffed with misconceptions

By David Ludwig Normally, science advances by trial and error. When an experiment fails, researchers question assumptions, formulate new ideas and then design better studies. But the field of nutrition is having a hard time of this when it comes to the low-fat diet debacle. As noted in the Journal of the American Medical Association,…

Rebooting The Food System

By Jamie Oliver, Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen, Ertharin Cousin Yesterday marked the beginning of a new global collaboration between the EAT Foundation (EAT), Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (JOFF) and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP): one that takes aim at obesity, hunger, climate change and environmental degradation all together. We’re in a crazy moment – we’re battling the…

Here’s Arianna Huffington’s Recipe For A Great Night Of Sleep

By Rina Raphael The sleep deprivation crisis is real. Arianna Huffington has been on a crusade to educate the public on the importance of sleep ever since she collapsed from exhaustion in 2007. “The impact on our health is dramatic,” says the publisher of the Huffington Post, who is also launching a new health and…