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Sugary drinks kill around 2 lakh people a year globally
In the first detailed global report on the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages, researchers estimated deaths and disabilities caused by diabetes, heart disease, and cancers in 2010
 
Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to diabetes, heart disease, and cancers and an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, shows a study by a team of researchers led by an Indian American.
 
In the first detailed global report on the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages, researchers estimated deaths and disabilities caused by diabetes, heart disease, and cancers in 2010.
 
"Among the 20 countries with the highest estimated sugar-sweetened beverage-related deaths, at least eight were in Latin America and the Caribbean, reflecting the high intakes in that region of the world," said lead author Gitanjali Singh, an Indian-American assistant professor at Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Tufts University.
 
Of the 20 most populous countries, Mexico had the highest death rate attributable to sugar-sweetened beverages with an estimated 405 deaths per million adults (24,000 total deaths) and the US ranked second with an estimated 125 deaths per million adults (25,000 total deaths).
 
In the study, sugar sweetened beverages were defined as any sugar-sweetened sodas, fruit drinks, sports/energy drinks, sweetened iced teas, or homemade sugary drinks such as frescas, that contained at least 50 kcal per 8oz serving.
 
The estimates of consumption were made from 62 dietary surveys including 611,971 individuals conducted between 1980 and 2010 across 51 countries.
 
In 2010, the researchers estimate that sugar-sweetened beverages consumption may have been responsible for approximately 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 45,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease, and 6,450 deaths from cancer.
 

The impact of sugar-sweetened beverages varied greatly between populations.
 
The estimated percentage of deaths was less than one percent in Japanese over 65 years old, but 30 percent in Mexican adults younger than 45.
 
About 76 percent of the estimated sugar-sweetened beverage-related deaths occurred in low- or middle-income countries.
 
"The health impact of sugar-sweetened beverage intake on the young is important because younger adults form a large sector of the workforce in many countries, so the economic impact of sugar-sweetened beverage-related deaths and disability in this age group can be significant," Singh said.
 
The study was outlined in the journal Circulation.

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Ajoy Daspurkayastha

2 years ago

(1)SUGARY DRINKS TAX,U.K. AND OBESITY (2) The global burden of disease attributable to low consumption of fruit and vegetables: implications for the global strategy on diet

Reference:--- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

QUOTE---The drinks with up TWENTY teaspoons of sugar: Doctors urge ministers to slap a 20% tax on sugary drinks to fight obesity crisis

•British Medical Association is to demand a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks


•In landmark report, doctors to urge Downing Street to take on food industry


•It found poor diet costs the NHS £6billion a year while claiming 70,000 lives


•Levy would raise the price of a one-litre bottle of Coke from £1.50 to £1.80

By Ben Spencer, Medical Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 23:04 GMT, 12 July 2015 | Updated: 07:27 GMT, 13 July 2015

Sugary drinks should be taxed at 20 per cent to tackle the obesity crisis, doctors will demand today.

In a landmark report the British Medical Association will urge Downing Street to take on the food industry.

It found that poor diet costs the NHS £6billion a year while claiming 70,000 lives.

The BMA’s proposed levy on fizzy drinks and sugar-laden juices would help subsidise the sale of fruit and vegetables. ----UNQUOTE

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...#ixzz3fmvH4WfN
“Denmark has brought in a "fat tax", Hungary a "junk food tax" and France a tax on all sweetened drinks. Peru intends to add levies to junk food and Ireland may also introduce such taxes. Mexico Nears Junk Food Tax”. Now, BMA, UK’s proposed 20% tax on sugary-drinks is a welcome move to abate obesity in UK.

2 bright examples of awareness campaign on this Childhood obesity in USA are as follows.

Reference: ---http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/...
QUOTE-----Now, the First Lady is challenging all of America to turn
around a troubling trend in children's health by putting an end to the
epidemic of childhood obesity----.UNQUOTE

Reference:---http://www.inquisitr.com/1673247/barbara...
QUOTE ----Barbara Bush Highlights Hidden Hunger In U.S., Wants Better
Nutrition For Kids---UNQUOTE

Reference:--- http://www.bbc.com/news/health-33479118

QUOTE---Tax sugary drinks by 20%, say doctors

An extra 20% tax on sugary drinks should be introduced to tackle the obesity crisis, the British Medical Association says.

It estimates poor diets are causing around 70,000 premature deaths each year.

In a major report on unhealthy diets, the body called for the extra money raised to be used to subsidise fresh fruit and vegetables.

The Food and Drink Federation said the measure would not change diets.

There has been growing concern about the damaging impact of sugar on health - from the state of people's teeth to type 2 diabetes and obesity.

In its Food for Thought report, the BMA warns that a 330ml can of pop is likely to contain up to nine teaspoons of sugar that are simply "empty calories".

The report said taxing specific food groups - such as the sugar drinks tax introduced in Mexico - were shown to cut consumption.

By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website, 13 July 2015, 415 comments---UNQUOTE



Reference:-- http://food.ndtv.com/health/tax-on-sugar...



QUOTE---Britain's Fight Against Obesity May Result in High Tax on Sugary Drinks

IANS, Modified: July 13, 2015 18:57 IST"I think it is a massive problem illustrated by the fact that obesity is increasing," BMA doctor Shree Datta told the BBC. "We're looking at 30 percent of the Britain's population being obese by the year 2030, a large extent of that is due to the amount of sugar we're actually consuming without realising," the doctor added. ---UNQUOTE



Reference;--- https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WLpWSX8kfA



QUOTE-- 20% tax on sugary drinks , how many teaspoons of sugar are inside this bottles Published on Jul 13, 2015 The drinks with up TWENTY teaspoons of sugar: Doctors urge ministers to slap a 20% tax on sugary drinks to fight obesity crisis, how many teaspoons of sugar are in each of the fizzy drinks? British Medical Association demand 20% tax on sugary drinks .
Kawther Hashem, a nutritionist and researcher for the Action on Sugar campaign, said: ‘Parents and children are drowning in a world full of sugary drinks, cheap junk food and aggressive marketing targeting children.
‘I fundamentally believe we need to get a big national conversation going about what we do as parents, about what we do about the food industry, about reformulation [reducing sugar in food], about the role of the NHS in supporting prevention programmes.
The NHS currently recommends a daily sugar maximum of 12 teaspoons (50g) for a woman and 17 teaspoons (70g) for a man.----UNQUOTE




Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Print version ISSN 0042-9686

Bull World Health Organ vol.83 n.2 Genebra Feb. 2005

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0042-96862005...

RESEARCH



QUOTE-----The global burden of disease attributable to low consumption of fruit and vegetables: implications for the global strategy on diet

Karen LockI,1; Joceline PomerleauII; Louise CauserIII; Dan R. AltmannIV; Martin McKeeV

IMRC Clinical Research Fellow, European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, England
IILecturer, European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England
IIIResearch Fellow, European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England
IVLecturer, Medical Statistics Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England
VProfessor, European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England





ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVE: We estimated the global burden of disease attributable to low consumption of fruit and vegetables, an increasingly recognized risk factor for cardiovascular disease and cancer, and compared its impact with that of other major risk factors for disease.
METHODS: The burden of disease attributable to suboptimal intake of fruit and vegetables was estimated using information on fruit and vegetable consumption in the population, and on its association with six health outcomes (ischaemic heart disease, stroke, stomach, oesophageal, colorectal and lung cancer). Data from both sources were stratified by sex, age and by 14 geographical regions.
FINDINGS: The total worldwide mortality currently attributable to inadequate consumption of fruit and vegetables is estimated to be up to 2.635 million deaths per year. Increasing individual fruit and vegetable consumption to up to 600 g per day (the baseline of choice) could reduce the total worldwide burden of disease by 1.8%, and reduce the burden of ischaemic heart disease and ischaemic stroke by 31% and 19% respectively. For stomach, oesophageal, lung and colorectal cancer, the potential reductions were 19%, 20%, 12% and 2%, respectively.
CONCLUSION: This study shows the potentially large impact that increasing fruit and vegetable intake could have in reducing many noncommunicable diseases. It highlights the need for much greater emphasis on dietary risk factors in public health policy in order to tackle the rise in noncommunicable diseases worldwide, and suggests that the proposed intersectoral WHO/FAO fruit and vegetable promotion initiative is a crucial component in any global diet strategy.

Keywords: Fruit; Vegetables; Cost of illness; Feeding behaviour; Diet; Health status; Gastrointestinal neoplasms/epidemiology; Lung neoplasms/epidemiology; Myocardial ischemia/epidemiology; Carebrovascular accident/epidemiology; Review literature; Meta-analysis (source: MeSH, NLM).---------UNQUOTE

Ajoy Daspurkayastha

2 years ago

(1)SUGARY DRINKS TAX,U.K. AND OBESITY (2) The global burden of disease attributable to low consumption of fruit and vegetables: implications for the global strategy on diet

Reference:--- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

QUOTE---The drinks with up TWENTY teaspoons of sugar: Doctors urge ministers to slap a 20% tax on sugary drinks to fight obesity crisis

•British Medical Association is to demand a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks


•In landmark report, doctors to urge Downing Street to take on food industry


•It found poor diet costs the NHS £6billion a year while claiming 70,000 lives


•Levy would raise the price of a one-litre bottle of Coke from £1.50 to £1.80

By Ben Spencer, Medical Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 23:04 GMT, 12 July 2015 | Updated: 07:27 GMT, 13 July 2015

Sugary drinks should be taxed at 20 per cent to tackle the obesity crisis, doctors will demand today.

In a landmark report the British Medical Association will urge Downing Street to take on the food industry.

It found that poor diet costs the NHS £6billion a year while claiming 70,000 lives.

The BMA’s proposed levy on fizzy drinks and sugar-laden juices would help subsidise the sale of fruit and vegetables. ----UNQUOTE

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...#ixzz3fmvH4WfN
“Denmark has brought in a "fat tax", Hungary a "junk food tax" and France a tax on all sweetened drinks. Peru intends to add levies to junk food and Ireland may also introduce such taxes. Mexico Nears Junk Food Tax”. Now, BMA, UK’s proposed 20% tax on sugary-drinks is a welcome move to abate obesity in UK.

2 bright examples of awareness campaign on this Childhood obesity in USA are as follows.

Reference: ---http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/...
QUOTE-----Now, the First Lady is challenging all of America to turn
around a troubling trend in children's health by putting an end to the
epidemic of childhood obesity----.UNQUOTE

Reference:---http://www.inquisitr.com/1673247/barbara...
QUOTE ----Barbara Bush Highlights Hidden Hunger In U.S., Wants Better
Nutrition For Kids---UNQUOTE

Reference:--- http://www.bbc.com/news/health-33479118

QUOTE---Tax sugary drinks by 20%, say doctors

An extra 20% tax on sugary drinks should be introduced to tackle the obesity crisis, the British Medical Association says.

It estimates poor diets are causing around 70,000 premature deaths each year.

In a major report on unhealthy diets, the body called for the extra money raised to be used to subsidise fresh fruit and vegetables.

The Food and Drink Federation said the measure would not change diets.

There has been growing concern about the damaging impact of sugar on health - from the state of people's teeth to type 2 diabetes and obesity.

In its Food for Thought report, the BMA warns that a 330ml can of pop is likely to contain up to nine teaspoons of sugar that are simply "empty calories".

The report said taxing specific food groups - such as the sugar drinks tax introduced in Mexico - were shown to cut consumption.

By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website, 13 July 2015, 415 comments---UNQUOTE



Reference:-- http://food.ndtv.com/health/tax-on-sugar...



QUOTE---Britain's Fight Against Obesity May Result in High Tax on Sugary Drinks

IANS, Modified: July 13, 2015 18:57 IST"I think it is a massive problem illustrated by the fact that obesity is increasing," BMA doctor Shree Datta told the BBC. "We're looking at 30 percent of the Britain's population being obese by the year 2030, a large extent of that is due to the amount of sugar we're actually consuming without realising," the doctor added. ---UNQUOTE



Reference;--- https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WLpWSX8kfA



QUOTE-- 20% tax on sugary drinks , how many teaspoons of sugar are inside this bottles Published on Jul 13, 2015 The drinks with up TWENTY teaspoons of sugar: Doctors urge ministers to slap a 20% tax on sugary drinks to fight obesity crisis, how many teaspoons of sugar are in each of the fizzy drinks? British Medical Association demand 20% tax on sugary drinks .
Kawther Hashem, a nutritionist and researcher for the Action on Sugar campaign, said: ‘Parents and children are drowning in a world full of sugary drinks, cheap junk food and aggressive marketing targeting children.
‘I fundamentally believe we need to get a big national conversation going about what we do as parents, about what we do about the food industry, about reformulation [reducing sugar in food], about the role of the NHS in supporting prevention programmes.
The NHS currently recommends a daily sugar maximum of 12 teaspoons (50g) for a woman and 17 teaspoons (70g) for a man.----UNQUOTE




Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Print version ISSN 0042-9686

Bull World Health Organ vol.83 n.2 Genebra Feb. 2005

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0042-96862005...

RESEARCH



QUOTE-----The global burden of disease attributable to low consumption of fruit and vegetables: implications for the global strategy on diet

Karen LockI,1; Joceline PomerleauII; Louise CauserIII; Dan R. AltmannIV; Martin McKeeV

IMRC Clinical Research Fellow, European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, England
IILecturer, European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England
IIIResearch Fellow, European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England
IVLecturer, Medical Statistics Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England
VProfessor, European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England





ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVE: We estimated the global burden of disease attributable to low consumption of fruit and vegetables, an increasingly recognized risk factor for cardiovascular disease and cancer, and compared its impact with that of other major risk factors for disease.
METHODS: The burden of disease attributable to suboptimal intake of fruit and vegetables was estimated using information on fruit and vegetable consumption in the population, and on its association with six health outcomes (ischaemic heart disease, stroke, stomach, oesophageal, colorectal and lung cancer). Data from both sources were stratified by sex, age and by 14 geographical regions.
FINDINGS: The total worldwide mortality currently attributable to inadequate consumption of fruit and vegetables is estimated to be up to 2.635 million deaths per year. Increasing individual fruit and vegetable consumption to up to 600 g per day (the baseline of choice) could reduce the total worldwide burden of disease by 1.8%, and reduce the burden of ischaemic heart disease and ischaemic stroke by 31% and 19% respectively. For stomach, oesophageal, lung and colorectal cancer, the potential reductions were 19%, 20%, 12% and 2%, respectively.
CONCLUSION: This study shows the potentially large impact that increasing fruit and vegetable intake could have in reducing many noncommunicable diseases. It highlights the need for much greater emphasis on dietary risk factors in public health policy in order to tackle the rise in noncommunicable diseases worldwide, and suggests that the proposed intersectoral WHO/FAO fruit and vegetable promotion initiative is a crucial component in any global diet strategy.

Keywords: Fruit; Vegetables; Cost of illness; Feeding behaviour; Diet; Health status; Gastrointestinal neoplasms/epidemiology; Lung neoplasms/epidemiology; Myocardial ischemia/epidemiology; Carebrovascular accident/epidemiology; Review literature; Meta-analysis (source: MeSH, NLM).---------UNQUOTE

Mohun Bagan struggling to breathe under financial instability
Almost a month after bringing home the coveted I-League after 13 years, Mohun Bagan is still having problems solving monetary issues and attracting investors
 
Mohun Bagan may have its roots in the rich history of Indian football but is at present struggling to breathe.
 
Almost a month after bringing home the coveted I-League after 13 years, Mohun Bagan is still having problems solving monetary issues and attracting investors.
 
The club's general secretary, Anjan Mitra, hopes the triumph will attract sponsors. Mitra, who has been associated with the club for a very long time, had earlier said it was not able to pay the fees of some players owing to a financial crisis and insisted the crunch is still on.
 
"The financial crunch is still on. There's a legal problem that is going on right now. We hope to settle this issue very soon and do something for the club. I hope this success (of winning the I-League) will attract sponsors too," Mitra told IANS in an interview.
 
Mitra again emphasised on sponsorship when asked about the immediate goals for the club saying one cannot go ahead with empty hands.
 
"We have to solve this sponsorship problem quickly; the faster the merrier. And we have to settle on the team for the next season too, but you cannot go ahead with shortage of funds; so we have to resolve the issue as quickly as possible."
 
Mohun Bagan, along with eternal foes East Bengal, is currently sponsored by the United Breweries group.
 
Mohun Bagan, formed in 1889, won its first major title in July 29, 1911, beating East Yorkshire Regiment 2-1 to claim the Indian Football Association (IFA) shield. The win aroused nationalistic fervour among Indians who desperately sought freedom from the imperialist British rule.
 
Since then it has grown from strength to strength to become one of the dominant forces in Indian football, winning the national football league four times and a host of other major trophies.
 
But will the glorious past and the promise of a bright future be erased because of a financial crisis?
 
Apart from the monetary issue, the I-League, the country's premier football competition, faces an existential crisis from the Indian Super League (ISL).
 
With the prospect of the two leagues getting merged by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), will traditional clubs like Mohun Bagan cease to exist? Mitra doesn't rule out such a possibility.
 
"In Indian football anything and everything is possible. Whatever the AIFF decides we have to abide by it; we are neither in the committee nor in a position to comment on the issue. So we will just wait and watch what happens; there is nothing on our hands."
 
Mitra also took a dig at the franchise-based clubs that are in vogue in the ISL, saying they lack stability and don't offer a guaranteed future.
 
"Professional clubs lack permanency. You see what happened with Mahindra United (that closed down in 2010). Today they might be here, but tomorrow they may not exist. But clubs like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are public-oriented and will come through no matter what," he said.
 
Mitra also insisted that his team was spending a lot on its grassroots development programme which would enable a steady flow of players into the senior team.
 
"Tell me which other club is spending like us," he asked.
 
"We have a residential academy where 100 percent placements are provided; we have developed the Under-14, -16 and -19 teams. We are working seriously to develop the grassroots, but when you talk of infrastructure, that cannot be changed in a day or two," Mitra said. 

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Google Maps now available in 12 more Indian cities
Starting Tuesday people can see traffic information for 12 new cities, including Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal, on Google Maps, a company statement said here.
 
Among the other cities are Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi and Madurai. 
 
This latest update to Google Maps makes traffic information available for all national highways and expressways in India, it added.
 
"We are constantly working on making Google Maps a more comprehensive, daily tool for Indians and we hope that this new real-time traffic information for 12 cities and all national highways will help drivers across the country find the best routes to their destinations with the fewest delays," Suren Ruhela, director, program management at Google said.
 
This traffic feature, is available on both mobile and desktop versions of Google Maps. It helps a person to see real time traffic conditions across a total of 34 cities in India.
 
Once the traffic layer is turned on in Google Maps, commuters can see routes mapped out in different colours, indicating the different speed of traffic on those roads.
 
"Green means there are no traffic delays on the road, orange indicates a medium amount of traffic and red means heavier traffic congestion," the statement said.
 
While in navigation mode, Google Maps will also use real time traffic information to more accurately estimate time of arrival and to provide options for alternate routes if there are faster options available.

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