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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Do EU-Funded Diet Projects Work?

An EU (FP7) funded project called EATWELL (Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating Habits: Evaluation and Recommendations) aims to overcome unhealthy diets, one of the biggest public health challenges of the 21st century. To encourage people to be more physically active and eat healthier diets, E.U. member states have started different national policy campaigns to establish which interventions are more effective than others, as success can only be achieved through systematic assessment strategies. The EATWELL project was designed to establish these campaigns success- and failure-rates and uncertainties. The results of their findings were announced at the 11th FENS European Nutrition Conference in Madrid on Thursday 27 October 2011 and provide policy makers with advice on creating more successful healthy eating policy interventions...

Although Europe is only starting to implement fiscal strategies, such as fat taxes, evidence obtained outside Europe indicates that this strategy leads to large tax revenues but only to small behavioral responses.
And they almost certainly never will.

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