The tax on sugary drinks has raised almost R3 billion. Coca-Cola says it has reduced the sugar levels of its drinks range by more than a quarter, irritating those who said the levy wouldn’t cut sugar consumption. But is the profit being used for health promotion? Could political parties rally against it after the election?
One week, two UN high level meetings on health matters – and virtually no interaction between the two. But diabetes, cancer and depression have a major impact on tuberculosis. If we treat them in silos, we won’t overcome them. HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green.
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
A quarter of the world’s adults are doing too little exercise, putting them at risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and some cancers – and there has been no improvement over the past 15 years.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs’ new report, Time to Deliver, called for urgent action against chronic diseases and mental disorders, the globe’s leading cause of death and ill-health, but failed to include a recommendation on taxing sugary beverages.