March 4, 2017
Education, Health, Irish News
Education, Health, Ice Cream, obesity, peter singhateh, Peter Singhatey
Irish ice cream laws dating back to 1952 are being revised in an effort to fight national obesity levels.
Health Promotion Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has proposed to revoke the current Food Standards (Ice Cream) Regulations dating from 1952.
The planned changes will revise the content of milk-fat, milk solids and sugar content in ice cream.
One of the stipulations in the 1952 regulations states that ice cream must contain at least 10pc by weight of sugar.
This obviously presents problems for any company wishing to reduce the sugar content of its ice cream products, according to the FSAI.
It says the purpose of the proposed regulations is to revoke these compositional standards as soon as possible.
Having consulted other relevant Government departments and official agencies, it is considered that it is no longer fit for purpose and has largely been superseded by EU legislation, Ms Corcoran Kennedy said.
Recent research found that Ireland has the third highest consumption of ice cream per capita in Europe
Source: Ireland’s ice cream laws face revamp in the battle against obesity – Independent.ie
January 2, 2017
eating habits, Health, People & Society, peter singhaeh, Peter Singhatey, sugar
It is in chicken stock, sliced cheese, bacon and smoked salmon, in mustard and salad dressing, in crackers and nearly every single brand of sandwich bread. It is all around us — in obvious ways and hidden ones — and it is utterly delicious.
It’s sugar, in its many forms: powdered sugar, honey, corn syrup, you name it. The kind you eat matters less than people once thought, scientific research suggests, and the amount matters much more. Our national sugar habit is the driving force behind the diabetes and obesity epidemics and may be a contributing factor to cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Like me, you’ve probably just finished a couple of weeks in which you have eaten a whole lot of tasty sugar. Don’t feel too guilty about it. But if you feel a little guilty about it, I’d like to make a suggestion.
Choose a month this year — a full 30 days, starting now or later — and commit to eating no added sweeteners. Go cold turkey, for one month…
January 21, 2015
African Center for Strategic Studies
Africa, Ebola, Gambia, Health, peter singhateh, Peter Singhatey
Is this the beginning of the end for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa? | GlobalPost.
Schools reopened in Guinea this week, just as Mali became the region’s latest country to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization, following Nigeria and Senegal.
The two developments are signs that life is slowly returning to normal as West Africa recovers from the world’s worst-ever Ebola epidemic.
It is far from over yet. But there is, at last, hope that the end of the outbreak may be within sight.
There have been 21,614 cases of Ebola in this epidemic, and 8,594 deaths, according to the latest WHO figures. But crucially, the number of new cases is declining in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the countries worst affected.
Last week Sierra Leone and Guinea both recorded their lowest weekly totals of confirmed cases since August, while Liberia had its lowest weekly total since June.
Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, has said he is “confident” the outbreak can be ended, provided “nothing unexpected happens.”…
November 20, 2014
Health, Medical, Reports, Research
Health, obesity, People & Society, peter singhateh, Peter Singhatey
Obesity costs global economy an estimated €2tn a year.
The global cost of obesity outweighs that of alcoholism, drug use or road accidents and closely rivals that of armed conflict and smoking, according to a new study.
The cost of obesity is estimated at $2 trillion – equivalent to 2.8 per cent of the world’s economic output, the study found. This makes it one of the top three global social burdens behind smoking and armed violence, war and terrorism..
The research, which was carried out by consultancy firm McKinsey, reveals that obesity is now responsible for about 5 per cent of all deaths a year worldwide.
More than 2.1 billion people – equivalent to nearly 30 per cent of the global population- are overweight or obese. That is almost two and a half times the number of adults and children who are undernourished.
A number of studies conducted in Ireland show that two out of three Irish adults, and one in four primary school children, are overweight or obese.
“Obesity is a major global economic problem caused by a multitude of factors. Today obesity is jostling with armed conflict and smoking in terms of having the greatest human-generated global economic impact,” the report said…
November 6, 2014
Health, Keeping Fit, peter singhateh, Peter Singhatey, Running, Weight Lost
How to burn fat faster.
How to burn fat faster
Losing weight and toning up can seem like a battle, so anything to speed up the process will make things a whole lot easier.
Here are The Running Bug’s tips on how to burn fat faster, try them out this week and see if you notice a difference.
June 11, 2014
Health, obesity, peter singhateh, Peter Singhatey, Research
What Causes Weight Gain – NYTimes.com.
If I ask you what constitutes “bad” eating, the kind that leads to obesity and a variety of connected diseases, you’re likely to answer, “Salt, fat and sugar.” This trilogy of evil has been drilled into us for decades, yet that’s not an adequate answer.
We don’t know everything about the dietary links to chronic disease, but the best-qualified people argue that real food is more likely to promote health and less likely to cause disease than hyperprocessed food. And we can further refine that message: Minimally processed plants should dominate our diets. (This isn’t just me saying this; the Institute of Medicine and the Department of Agriculture agree.)
And yet we’re in the middle of a public health emergency that isn’t being taken seriously enough. We should make it a national priority to create two new programs, a research program to determine precisely what causes diet-related chronic illnesses (on top of the list is “Just how bad is sugar?”), and a program that will get this single, simple message across: Eat Real Food…