The number of obese adults in the UK could be reduced by 180,000 with a 20% tax on sugary drinks, say researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Reading. The tax could raise over £275 million for the Treasury.
A combination of a carbon tax on food and a tax on sugary drinks in the UK could lead to health benefits, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and raise up to GB£3.6 billion revenue, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.
"What mothers eat before and during pregnancy can have a lifelong impact on their child’s health and development. Jenni speaks to academic, author, and founder of Food And Behaviour Research (FAB), Dr Alex Richardson, ahead of a conference they’ve organised in London. On the agenda is the role of diet in how our brain develops and functions, and its impact on our moods, our behaviour and our capacity to learn."
Listen to the interview on the BBC Radio 4 website
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Dr Jonathan Tammam and his team at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, have investigated the effects of vitamin, mineral, and n-3 fatty-acid dietary supplements in the behaviour of adolescent school children. Dr Jonathan Tammam states:
New FCRN report - Changing what we eat: A call for research & action on widespread adoption of sustainable healthy eating
Government leadership and substantial investment in research are needed to shift global consumption habits towards eating patterns that are both healthy and sustainable, say academics, industry and NGOs representatives in a new report.