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Tackling childhood obesity

10-03-2017

Childhood obesity remains a considerable public health problem in the European Union (EU). While multiple factors play a role, the global increase in overweight children is mainly linked to a shift in diet towards foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar, paired with a decline in physical activity. Essentially, children today are growing up in an environment that is conducive to weight gain and obesity. Excess weight in children is associated with a number of serious health consequences. These ...

Childhood obesity remains a considerable public health problem in the European Union (EU). While multiple factors play a role, the global increase in overweight children is mainly linked to a shift in diet towards foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar, paired with a decline in physical activity. Essentially, children today are growing up in an environment that is conducive to weight gain and obesity. Excess weight in children is associated with a number of serious health consequences. These include early onset of obesity-related chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, as well as psychosocial complications. The European Commission supports Member States' efforts to take on childhood obesity in a number of ways, including the EU action plan on childhood obesity 2014-2020, which is up for review this year. The current Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU has identified tackling childhood obesity among its priorities for health, and intends to present draft Council conclusions on the issue. A technical report on public procurement of food for health in schools, jointly drafted with the Commission, has just been released.

Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture

20-12-2016

This study reviews existing scientific evidence regarding the impact of organic food on human health from an EU perspective, with a focus on public health. The development of environmentally sustainable and healthy food systems is an international priority. The study examines how organic food and organic agriculture can contribute to this in relation to public health. Human and animal studies directly addressing the health effects of organic food are reviewed. Furthermore, evidence linking principles ...

This study reviews existing scientific evidence regarding the impact of organic food on human health from an EU perspective, with a focus on public health. The development of environmentally sustainable and healthy food systems is an international priority. The study examines how organic food and organic agriculture can contribute to this in relation to public health. Human and animal studies directly addressing the health effects of organic food are reviewed. Furthermore, evidence linking principles and rules of organic production to human health effects is discussed.

Reformiertes Schulprogramm für Obst und Milch

01-03-2016

Im Rahmen der Plenartagung im März 2016 werden eine Aussprache und eine Abstimmung über den Entwurf einer Verordnung zur Festlegung einer neuen Beihilferegelung für die Abgabe von Obst und Milch in Schulen durchgeführt. Sollte die Regelung angenommen werden, wird dies den Bemühungen, Schulkindern eine gesunde Ernährungsweise nahezulegen, neuen Schwung verleihen.

Im Rahmen der Plenartagung im März 2016 werden eine Aussprache und eine Abstimmung über den Entwurf einer Verordnung zur Festlegung einer neuen Beihilferegelung für die Abgabe von Obst und Milch in Schulen durchgeführt. Sollte die Regelung angenommen werden, wird dies den Bemühungen, Schulkindern eine gesunde Ernährungsweise nahezulegen, neuen Schwung verleihen.

Eat for Health

08-12-2015

This paper summarises the presentations and discussions of the Workshop ‘Eat for Health’ held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 13 October 2015. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the eating habits and trends in Europe as well as the options for policy makers, industry, professionals and citizens to promote a healthier diet. The importance of a healthy diet was underlined with scientific findings that observed an association between nutrition and many diseases, particularly obesity and ...

This paper summarises the presentations and discussions of the Workshop ‘Eat for Health’ held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 13 October 2015. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the eating habits and trends in Europe as well as the options for policy makers, industry, professionals and citizens to promote a healthier diet. The importance of a healthy diet was underlined with scientific findings that observed an association between nutrition and many diseases, particularly obesity and diabetes. It was agreed that a variety of foods and foods rich in high quality nutrients constitute a healthy diet. Activities of the EU Platform and High Level Group on Diet, Physical Activity and Health show that Member States are willing to tackle the issue. The issues around labelling, reformulation and stricter marketing rules regarding food were discussed. These actions should result in giving consumers complete and correct information about food and beverage properties. Challenges remain and more efforts should be made to create a healthy environment and stimulate healthy diets among Europeans. This workshop and the respective document were prepared by the Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Externe Autor

Paola BANFI, Lyssa BODE and Manon EMONTS (Milieu Ltd, Brussels, Belgium)

Neues Schulprogramm für Obst und Milcherzeugnisse

22-05-2015

In der Plenarsitzung vom 27. Mai 2015 werden die Mitglieder aufgefordert werden, über einen vom Ausschuss für Landwirtschaft und ländliche Entwicklung ausgearbeiteten Bericht über die Änderung des Legislativvorschlags der Kommission für ein neues einheitliches Schulprogramm für Obst und Milcherzeugnisse abzustimmen. Mit dem Vorschlag sollen zwei bislang getrennte Schulprogramme – eins für die Abgabe von Milch und das andere für die Abgabe von Obst und Gemüse – in einem gemeinsamen Rahmen zusammengefasst ...

In der Plenarsitzung vom 27. Mai 2015 werden die Mitglieder aufgefordert werden, über einen vom Ausschuss für Landwirtschaft und ländliche Entwicklung ausgearbeiteten Bericht über die Änderung des Legislativvorschlags der Kommission für ein neues einheitliches Schulprogramm für Obst und Milcherzeugnisse abzustimmen. Mit dem Vorschlag sollen zwei bislang getrennte Schulprogramme – eins für die Abgabe von Milch und das andere für die Abgabe von Obst und Gemüse – in einem gemeinsamen Rahmen zusammengefasst werden. Das Vorhaben ist allerdings noch ungewiss, da es von der Kommission in Erwartung einer Evaluierung der früheren Programme aufgeschoben wurde. Außerdem besteht zwischen dem Rat auf der einen Seite und der Kommission und dem Parlament auf der anderen Seite Uneinigkeit über die Rechtsgrundlage des Vorschlags.

Excess weight poses hefty public health concerns

13-05-2015

Excessive body weight ('overweight') and excessive body fat ('obesity') affect more than one in two adults in the EU and the rates have been rising steadily. The causes are genetic, behavioural, cultural and socioeconomic and are mainly driven by an unbalanced diet and physical inactivity. Furthermore, these conditions are major risk factors for serious chronic illnesses, and account for roughly 7% of EU Member States' healthcare expenditure. EU prevention initiatives broadly target nutrition and ...

Excessive body weight ('overweight') and excessive body fat ('obesity') affect more than one in two adults in the EU and the rates have been rising steadily. The causes are genetic, behavioural, cultural and socioeconomic and are mainly driven by an unbalanced diet and physical inactivity. Furthermore, these conditions are major risk factors for serious chronic illnesses, and account for roughly 7% of EU Member States' healthcare expenditure. EU prevention initiatives broadly target nutrition and physical activity.

New rules for specialised food products

06-06-2013

Foods for particular nutritional uses (PARNUTs) are currently regulated under the PARNUTs Directive, differently from other food products. Problems with the application of the Directive include overlaps with other food legislation, legal loopholes, and inconsistent national interpretation. To remedy these problems, the Commission has proposed to replace the PARNUTs Directive with a new Regulation applying to a much more limited group of foods.

Foods for particular nutritional uses (PARNUTs) are currently regulated under the PARNUTs Directive, differently from other food products. Problems with the application of the Directive include overlaps with other food legislation, legal loopholes, and inconsistent national interpretation. To remedy these problems, the Commission has proposed to replace the PARNUTs Directive with a new Regulation applying to a much more limited group of foods.

Proceedings of the Workshop on "Active and Healthy Ageing : A Challenge for the EU to Create Age-Friendly Environments"

15-11-2012

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on “Active and Healthy Ageing: A challenge for the EU to create age-friendly environments”, held at the European Parliament in Brussels, on Monday 8 October 2012. The aim of the workshop was to exchange views on how to face the consequences of an ageing population and to provide input into the on-going policy discussions at EU-level on active and healthy ageing. The workshop was hosted by MEP Kartika T. Liotard (GUE/NGL, NL) ...

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on “Active and Healthy Ageing: A challenge for the EU to create age-friendly environments”, held at the European Parliament in Brussels, on Monday 8 October 2012. The aim of the workshop was to exchange views on how to face the consequences of an ageing population and to provide input into the on-going policy discussions at EU-level on active and healthy ageing. The workshop was hosted by MEP Kartika T. Liotard (GUE/NGL, NL), Member of the ENVI Committee and Co-chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity.

Externe Autor

Klea Katsouyanni (University of Athens Medical School, EL) , Michel Hamon (University Pierre & Marie Curie, French Academy of Medicine, FR) , Jean Pierre Baeyens (University of Luxembourg, LU) , Peter Kopelman (University of London, UK) , Torsten Zuberbier (GA²LEN, Charite-Universitatsmedizin, Berlin, DE) and Jaap Koot (University Medical Centre Groningen, NL)

Implications of Global Trends in Eating Habits for Climate Change, Health and Natural Resources

15-04-2009

The study outlines the contribution of livestock production to climate change and health risks associated w i t h high meat consumption. The natural resources required to produce animalbased and plant-based protein are contrasted and diets with different levels of both types of protein compared. Using world population projections, three scenarios based on different theoretical alternative consumption patterns are created to show possible requirements and greenhouse gas emissions for animal and plant ...

The study outlines the contribution of livestock production to climate change and health risks associated w i t h high meat consumption. The natural resources required to produce animalbased and plant-based protein are contrasted and diets with different levels of both types of protein compared. Using world population projections, three scenarios based on different theoretical alternative consumption patterns are created to show possible requirements and greenhouse gas emissions for animal and plant protein production: “minimal” scenario (assumes consumption of animal protein only via milk and eggs); “optimal” scenario (assuming diets with a low meat intake) and “maximum” (baseline) scenario (current level of meat consumption extended to developing countries). Comments are made on alternative protein sources. Policy options are suggested.

Externe Autor

Conrad CASPARI, Maria CHRISTODOULOU, John NGANGA and Mariana RICCI (Agra CEAS Consulting)

Workshop on Food Labelling Brussels 5 November 2008 Consolidated Texts

05-11-2008

In January 2008, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on the "Provision of food information to consumers" (COM(2008)40), thus combining several food labelling directives. In order to get a balanced picture of the variety of views seriously considered among professionals in this field, a workshop on Food Labelling has been organised on request of the Members of the Environment, Public health and Food Safety Committee. The workshop - hosted by Rapporteur Ms Sommer - will include ...

In January 2008, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on the "Provision of food information to consumers" (COM(2008)40), thus combining several food labelling directives. In order to get a balanced picture of the variety of views seriously considered among professionals in this field, a workshop on Food Labelling has been organised on request of the Members of the Environment, Public health and Food Safety Committee. The workshop - hosted by Rapporteur Ms Sommer - will include presentations of 3 experts, followed by a question & answer session (Q&A). During the expert sessions and the Q&A, a sandwich lunch is available to the participants of the workshop. Date: Wednesday 5 November 2008

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