So far, there is not conclusive evidence from any country in the world that raising the price of sugar-sweetened drinks will affect obesity levels, but the Mexico experiment is on an unprecedented scale. Although the tax was set at 10% per litre rather than the 20% campaigners wanted, it will affect a huge number of people. Every year, Mexico's 118 million people drink 163 litres of soda each, or nearly half a litre a day. According to the National Institute of Public Health, a 10% tax should reduce that to 141 litres per year, preventing up to 630,000 cases of diabetes by 2030. … [Read more...] about Mexico enacts soda tax in effort to combat world’s highest obesity rate
Highest obesity rate in the world
Somers says the UK should be treating far more people who cannot reduce their weight by themselves. It does not have to involve surgery. He talks about the gastric balloon, for example, which is swallowed in a deflated state and then inflated to the size of a grapefruit in the stomach. Four months later, it effectively disintegrates and is passed in the normal fashion. … [Read more...] about Obesity and coronavirus: how can a higher BMI increase your risk?
After accounting for the effect of sex, age, deprivation and region, it found that people of Bangladeshi ethnicity were at most risk, with around twice the risk of death than people of white British ethnicity. People of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, other Asian, Caribbean and other black ethnicity had between 10% and 50% higher risk of death when compared to white British. The risk of mortality for people of Bangladeshi ethnicity was in line with other research, by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), but for other ethnicities it was generally lower. … [Read more...] about Key findings from Public Health England’s report on Covid-19 deaths
New Delhi: In a presentation to the 15th Finance Commission on Tuesday, the World Bank is learnt to have flagged “fault lines” in India’s health system that have been exposed due to Covid-19.While acknowledging the “significant progress” made in India’s health system over the years, the World Bank Group on Health, Nutrition and Population is said to have noted in its presentation that there were “large, persistent health gaps among states” and that Covid-19 had exposed those.The finance commission is consulting the World Bank ahead of deciding the allocation of funds for the health sector. Commission chairman NK Singh has already announced that a special chapter would for the first time be included in its report on health and that an increased fund allocation was in the offing.The bank’s presentation is learnt to have pointed to insufficient focus on core public health functions like disease surveillance, testing and contact … [Read more...] about Indian health care underfunded, delivery poor: World Bank Report
To be sure, the world is far from safe from a virus that continues to rage. It is expected to reach two grim milestones in the next several days: 10 million confirmed global infections and 500,000 deaths. As of Thursday evening, more than 9.5 million people had tested positive for the coronavirus, and more than 483,000 had died, according to Reuters data. The United States remains the epicenter of the pandemic, and cases are rising at an alarming pace in states like Arizona, Florida and Texas. … [Read more...] about Special Report: As world approaches 10 million coronavirus cases, doctors see hope in new treatments, lessons learned