Five levers on our food system

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.
Read

Local approaches to childhood obesity

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.
Read

Sugar tax?

The notion of a sugar tax has undoubtedly had impact. But how feasible is such a tax, and what effect would it have? Lawyer Jessica Burt recently wrote a Guardian article A sugar tax won’t work. And here’s why. Following on...
Read

Healthy living: easier said than done

An interesting report from the RSA published in December uses insights from behavioural science to understand why people struggle to adopt healthy behaviours, including healthy eating practices, even when they have the best of intentions.
Read

Is healthy fast food possible?

There is growing interest in obesogenic environments — and that includes the proliferation of cheap fast food outlets and how the number of fast food outlets in an area is associated with the level of obesity.
Read
The Birmingham Food Council is a Community Interest Company registered in England and Wales number 8931789