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SA’s obesity caused by big business not greedy people

January 29, 2019
News  

Malnutrition, which includes both obesity and undernutrition, is the leading cause of poor health around the world, and the culprits for the costly obesity epidemic aren’t individual couch potatoes. Instead, governments have failed to curb ‘big food’ placing everybody’s health at stake, according to a major report.

Coca-Cola called out for advertising to kids at protest

October 17, 2018
News  

Coca-Cola was called on to keep its promise to remove its advertising in schools during a picket at the beverage manufacturer’s headquarters in Johannesburg on Tuesday [October 2016].

Top killer diseases feed on each other

October 1, 2018
News  

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.

Sugary drinks tax nets almost R800-million

September 19, 2018
News  

The tax on sugary drinks tax has already generated almost R800-million since it was introduced on 1 April, according to Treasury.

Can higher ‘sin taxes’ help the economy?

September 17, 2018
News  

The sugary drinks tax has already generated almost R800-million, and there is a growing call for even higher “sin taxes” to help reverse the VAT increase. HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green reports.

WHO Commission criticised over sugar taxes in new report

June 7, 2018
News  

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.

Consumers react to new sugary drinks tax

April 4, 2018
News   OurHealth  

Now that government’s strategy to reduce the sugar intake through the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages – known as a Health Promotion Levy – consumers in general remain cynical, believing it may not have the desired impact.