non-communicable diseases

0 Visualizing Mexico’s fight against obesity (and junk food)

There’s a global push to increase efforts against so-called noncommunicable diseases (NCD) like obesity, diabetes and heart disease – all of which are largely driven by poor dietary or lifestyle behaviors. The food and beverage industry has, since the beginning of this push against NCDs, pushed back against many efforts they see as singling out ‘fast food’ as bad food. So it is worth taking a closer look at how Mexico fares in its fight against fat.

0 Food & beverage industries undermining global health

Flickr, su-lin The ‘junk food’ industry is a major threat to global health, according to  study published in The Lancet and as reported by The Guardian, Reuters, the Independent and other news organizations. Makers of sugary drinks, high-caloric processed foods and other unhealthy food products are employing some of the…

0 WHO says it has not been bought off by the food and beverage industry

Flickr, su-lin A month ago, some investigative reporters at Reuters did a big expose article contending the World Health Organization had been compromised in its efforts to combat non-communicable diseases — aka NCDs like obesity, diabetes and heart disease — by allowing the food and beverage industry too much influence…

0 WHO report highlights chronic diseases & lack of global health strategy

Analysis The World Health Organization has published its annual health report for 2012 and this year decided to “put the spotlight on the growing problem of non-communicable diseases.” Here are some of the news stories spawned by the WHO report: Reuters/MSNBC Heart disease, diabetes spreading to poor regions AP/Washington Post…

2 UN health summit makes food, beverage and drug industries nervous

 Flickr, Roadsidepictures Members of the United Nations General Assembly met this week to come up with a plan to combat chronic disease in poor countries that appears to have some in the food, beverage and drug industries worried. Ten years ago, a similar meeting here produced a massive global response…

7 Guest post: Global health needs to focus on health, not disease

This is a guest post from Wendy Johnson, a physician at the University of Washington with extensive experience working health issues in low-resource communities in Africa. ——————————————————————————————————————————— Wendy Johnson  The UN High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) couldn’t come at a worse time. While the delegates, disease experts and functionaries…

0 What’s so controversial about adding cancer to the global health agenda?

The “High-Level Meeting” at the United Nations that we’re watching carefully on this blog this week is largely overshadowed by the big drama over Palestinians asking for U.N. recognition as an independent state. Still, the debate over “non-communicable diseases” is starting to enter public consciousness. Case in point: As your intrepid…

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