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  • Use carrot and stick to tackle obesity crisis | Letters
    by Letters on November 17, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    We need subsidies on fruit and vegetables as well as a sugar tax, says Henry Leese; the government’s obesity strategy should not have omitted breastfeeding, says J Peter GreavesThe UK is the “most obese nation in western Europe” (Report, 11 November), and there is widespread agreement that a range of measures is required to address this problem. One such measure, the government’s proposed sugar tax on soft drinks, should therefore be commended, especially since it introduces the concept of using price policies to promote healthier eating. However, the policy is likely to be more effective if the stick of the sugar tax is balanced by a carrot of subsidies on fruit and vegetables, increased consumption of which protects against numerous disorders – notably heart disease, stroke and bowel cancer – and is likely to limit the rise in obesity. As the WHO pointed out in its 2015 report Using Price Policies to Promote Healthier Diets, “Taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages and targeted subsidies on fruit and vegetables emerge as the policy options with the greatest potential to induce positive changes in [food] consumption”. However, as the WHO says, extra government intervention will likely be required to bring the price of fruit and veg down to a level everyone can afford and provide the maximum benefit to all. This will require more research on price policy strategies of how to spend the tax on sugar-containing drinks – something which was not the remit of the government’s adviser, Public Health England.Henry LeeseWindermere, Cumbria• Your report says correctly that the government’s childhood obesity strategy was heavily criticised “for its reliance on voluntary action by the food and drink industry and lack of restrictions on the marketing and advertising of junk food”. It was also criticised for making no reference to breastfeeding, or to the current inadequate restrictions on marketing and advertising of breastmilk substitutes that contravene the WHO code. Obesity begins in infancy, and it is no accident that the breastfeeding rate in Britain is among the lowest in Europe.J Peter GreavesLondon Continue reading... […]

  • Breastfed babies are less likely to have eczema as teenagers, study shows
    on November 13, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Babies whose mothers had received support to breastfeed exclusively for a sustained period from birth have a 54 percent lower risk of eczema at the age of 16, a new study shows. […]

  • Breastfeeding does not protect children against asthma and allergies
    on November 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    The effect of breastfeeding on the risk of developing asthma and allergy has been debated for a long time. Researchers show that breastfeeding might in fact increase the risk of developing hay fever and eczema, while not having any clear effect on the risk of asthma. […]

  • Breastfeeding could reduce eczema risk in children, new research suggests
    by Nicola Davis on November 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Study examining the impact of breastfeeding support programmes shows 54% reduction in eczema for children involvedBreastfeeding could reduce the risk of eczema in children, according to new research into the impact of programmes designed to support new mothers in feeding their babies. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that babies should be fed just breast milk for six months to help protect them from infection, prevent allergies and provide nutrients and energy. Related: 'I have three seconds before she draws blood': life with extreme eczema Related: Children given antibiotics in first year 'more likely to develop eczema' Related: Breastfeeding Q&A: is breast really best for mother and baby? Continue reading... […]

  • Early breastfeeding success not affected by epidural pain relief with fentanyl
    on November 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Including the opioid fentanyl in the solution used to maintain an epidural during childbirth does not appear to affect the success of breastfeeding six weeks after delivery, according to a study. […]

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