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Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax: government guidelines & recommendations

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Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases in the WHO European Region

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A Healthy Weight for Ireland: Obesity and Action Plan 2016-2025

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The objective of this guideline is to provide recommendations on the intake of free sugars to reduce the risk of NCDs in adults and children, with a particular focus on the prevention and control of unhealthy weight gain and dental caries. See more

European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020

The intention of the Action Plan is to significantly reduce the burden of preventable diet-related non-communicable diseases, obesity and all other forms of malnutrition still prevalent in the World Health Organisation European Region. One of the objectives of the Action Plan consists on creating healthy food and drinks environments through a set of actions and tools.  See more.

Second International Conference on Nutrition: Conference Outcome Document: Rome Declaration on Nutrition

The Declaration commits countries to eradicate hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition worldwide – particularly undernutrition in children, anaemia in women and children, among other micronutrient deficiencies – as well as reverse the trend in obesity. It aims to do this by increasing investments in food systems to improve people’s diets and nutrition. See more.

Second International Conference on Nutrition: Framework for Action

The purpose of this Framework for Action is to guide the implementation of the commitments of the Rome Declaration on Nutrition. Composed of 60 recommendations, the Framework for Action provides a set of policy and programme options to create an enabling environment and to improve nutrition in all sectors. See more

EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity 2014-2020 

The purpose of thie EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity is to demonstrate the shared commitment of EU Member States to addressing childhood obesity. See more

Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases 2013-2020

The Global Action Plan provides Member States, international partners and the World Health Organisation with a road map and menu of policy options which will contribute to progress on nine global non-communicable disease targets to be attained in 2025. See more

Health 2020: A European policy framework and strategy for the 21st century

Health 2020 focuses on improving health for all and reducing health inequalities, through improved leadership and governance for health. Health 2020 presents the social and economic imperative for action, showing clearly that health and well-being are important and essential for economic and social development. See more

Global nutrition policy review: What does it take to scale up nutrition action?

This Global Nutrition Policy Review provided information on whether the countries have nutrition policies and programmes, how they are being implemented, what the implementation coverage is, who the stakeholders are, what the coordination mechanism is, and how the monitoring and evaluation are being implemented. See more

Prioritising areas for action in the field of population-based prevention of childhood obesity: A set of tools for Member States to determine and identify priority areas for action

The purpose of this document is to provide a set of tools for Member States to determine and identify priority areas for action in the field of population-based prevention of childhood obesity. See more

Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England

The serious nature of the challenge of obesity calls for a new level of ambition as well as a new direction. The Department of Health sets out two national ambitions that will call for a distinctive, new approach with four main components. See more

Soft Drink Taxes: A Policy Brief

This brief offers policy recommendations regarding tax considerations, public health message, use of the revenue as well as other considerations. See more

In 2020, the Polish government announced that it would be implementing a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on drinks that contain sweetening properties and/or caffeine, including alcoholic drinks (up to 300 ml). The government has opted for a non-uniform tax, with the percentage being determined by the sugar content present in 100ml of a product, or the alcohol content. The fiscal policy was introduced to curb the rising levels of overweight and obesity. In Poland, two-thirds of the population is living with the diseasing, putting their health at risk. The tax came into force at the beginning of 2021 to reduce the consumption of SSB and encourage users to purchase beverages with lower sugar content. There were assumptions that the additional charge was a ‘surcharge’ as opposed to a ‘tax’ causing public concern.