Nutrition and public health

We are what we eat. And if we don’t eat a ‘balanced diet’, i.e. a wide variety of food, we fall ill more easily or suffer from particular problems, from rickets or scurvy (vitamin D and vitamin C deficiencies respectively) to obesity, a major challenge today for many societies, including our own.

Our blogposts about nutrition and public health are below. See also useful info on the topic here.

For every £1 spent on food & drink in Birmingham, it costs the city £0.90

Posted on 30th March 2017 by Kate Cooper

Few realise just how much the dietary effects of the food and drink sector cost us here in Birmingham, as in every city across the UK.

Five levers on our food system

Posted on 6th March 2017 by Kate Cooper

Birmingham spends some £3.4bn every year on food and drink, yet the cost of obesity to the city has been estimated to be £2.6bn, with a further £448M being spent here on dealing with alcohol related harm.

Birmingham as a ‘laboratory’: Changing diets, changing landscapes

Posted on 16th September 2016 by Kate Cooper

How are we going to feed the world’s growing population? This is a really hard problem, taxing the brains of leading scientists as well as governments and the likes of the United Nations.

Avoid VAT-rated food products — save money, pay less tax and be healthy!

Posted on 19th July 2016 by Kate Cooper

If the average person spends 30% less on their household food bill, they’ll save money — and pay less tax, be a lot healthier and contribute to global food security.

Spuds or crisps? Which is better for you, & better for global food security?

Posted on 19th July 2016 by Kate Cooper

At the recent Local Nexus Network meeting at Birmingham Business School, I listened to a fascinating talk by Mark Pettigrew who is an expert on growing spuds.

Local approaches to childhood obesity

Posted on 30th March 2016 by Su Balu

Local Authorities are employing varied and innovative approaches to tackle childhood obesity.  Some of these are outlined in a new report by the Local Government Association, Healthy Weight, Healthy Futures.

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