Mar 16, 2015

WORLD CONSUMER DAY - 15 March 2015

Healthy Food Now!
Unhealthy diets contribute to more than 11 million deaths a year. This means it is now a bigger killer than tobacco. Obesity alone is estimated to cost $2 trillion per year. And this isn’t just a ‘rich world’ problem - some of the biggest increases in diet-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers are in developing countries.
Unhealthy diets are linked to four of the ten biggest causes of death worldwide: overweight and obesity, high blood pressure, high blood glucose and high cholesterol. Obesity alone is estimated to cost US$2 trillion per year. It really is time the world woke up to the price of unhealthy diets. 
It is why CI has decided to make helping consumers choose healthy diets the theme of World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) 2015. 
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CI Members around the world will be staging campaign actions to draw attention to the difficulties faced by consumers in choosing healthy diets.
It really is time the world woke up to the price of unhealthy diets.
Consumers International and the global consumer rights movement are calling for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop a global treaty to support consumers’ rights to healthy food. A global treaty would:
  • Reduce very high levels of fat, salt and sugar in everyday foods
  • Reduce the marketing of junk food to children
  • Provide clear nutrition labelling to help consumers choose a healthy diet
  • Improve the standards of food served in public institutions such as schools 

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