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Sugar and sight: what’s the connection?

November 13, 2017

Debates are in full swing about the proposed sugar tax that is likely to start in South Africa in early 2018. As Orbis Africa explains, this is part of a broader government plan to tackle non-communicable diseases over the next five years.

Sugar and mental health: What’s the link?

November 13, 2017

Severely mentally ill patients are more likely to suffer from diabetes, be obese and have a higher risk of dying young than the general population. Research is increasingly linking diet to mental health. And, reports Amy Green for HEALTH-E NEWS on the eve of World Diabetes Day, sugar is a potent but much-over-looked culprit.

Hard to overcome childhood obesity

November 8, 2017

It can be beaten but it isn’t easy: Childhood obesity is in the spotlight as government votes on a tax for sugary drinks – a major cause of excess body fat.

Ban junk food adverts?

September 26, 2017

For the first time in world history, there are more obese than underweight people. Both are symptoms of malnutrition, part of a global food system geared towards profits. Activists want a radical shift in the entire food system, including a total ban on junk food advertising. Is it possible and will it make a difference?

Sugary drinks tax on track

August 11, 2017

The proposed tax on sugary drinks is likely to go ahead later this year, following negotiations between government, labour and industry at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).

Sugar tax: Job losses lower than industry’s projections

June 23, 2017

There are concerns that the beverage industry could be using the sugar tax as a ‘smokescreen’ to justify already-planned job cuts.

Industry to blame sugar tax for global job cuts?

May 31, 2017

Unions and government are on the look-out for industry using job loss claims as an excuse to fire workers in the name of profit.