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Week Beginning 15 July 2002

Call for tax on 'unhealthy' food

A left-wing think-tank will argue this week that unhealthy food should be taxed. Demos, which has close links with the government, will urge ministers to consider imposing a levy on fatty, highly processed and fast foods in order to encourage people to eat more healthily. Food is exempt from value-added tax and politicians have in the past been reluctant to consider taxing it.

The Daily Telegraph

'Vile' food for children attacked

A 'jury' of 800 parents found a number of food manufacturers 'guilty' of promoting unhealthy food stuffs for children. Parents recruited by the independent campaign group, the Food Commission, said the worst food aimed at children’s lunchboxes is Dairylea’s Lunchables, described as 'absolutely vile over-processed rubbish'. It was criticised for being 'salty, fatty and devoid of fruit or vegetable content'.

The Times

Sleeping better helps women live longer

Women sleep better than men, which may be why they live longer, a US study indicates. The research also suggests that if men could learn to sleep like women they might also be able to close the seven-year gap in male and female life expectancy. The study by Alexandros Vgontzas, of Pennsylvania State University, also found that in general women are much better than men at coping with minor sleep deprivation.

The Independent

Start early to beat heart disease

According to new guidelines by the American Heart Association, heart disease risk assessments should begin at the age of 20. The guidelines recommend checks on blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference and pulse rate every two years, and cholesterol and glucose testing at least every five years. The aim of the guidance is to prevent heart disease altogether through the earliest possible identification of risk.

The Times

Fish oil may help keep arteries clear after surgery

Study findings suggest that patients who have an operation to clear clogged heart arteries may extend the surgery’s effects by taking fish oils beforehand. Patients who take supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids for a month before undergoing angioplasty are less likely to experience restenosis, or re-closure of the clogged artery, according to researchers from the Ospedale Santa Maria delle Croci in Pisa, Italy.

The Times


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