European Union Urged to Act on Diabetes

Mon, 19 Jul 2010
A coalition of organisations representing those with chronic conditions is campaigning for measures to be introduced to address unhealthy diets, little exercise, too much alcohol and smoking in an attempt to improve the health of those across Europe.

The International Diabetes Federation (Europe) , of which Diabetes UK is a member, is one of the ten organisations in the Chronic Disease Alliance (CDA).

The CDA represents healthcare professionals and diabetics and those diabetes, breathing problems, liver disease, heart disease, cancer and kidney disease .

The World Health Organisation states that these diseases constitute 86 per cent of deaths in Europe.

Within the European Union there are more than 30 million people with diabetes .

Efforts need to be made to cut down on fat, sugar and salt content in food and increase intake of affordable fresh fruit and veg, as well as ban the marketing of unhealthy food to children.

Children need to have physical education each day at school and improve P.E. facilities.

Tobacco taxation needs to be undertaken across Europe, devoting 80 per cent of cigarette packaging to visual health warnings, banning internet sales of tobacco and cigarette vending machines.

Alcohol advertising ought to be banned on television and radio and uniform minimum EU taxes need to be introduced on alcohol and educational programmes to increase awareness of excessive alcohol consumption.

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