Large international beverage and food companies still do too little to make their products healthier and to make healthy products cheaper, and thereby more accessible, according to the 2018 Access to Nutrition Index - a long running international study conducted by the Netherlands based Access to Nutrition Foundation, NOS reports.
The majority of children under the age of 13 in the Netherlands eat less fruit, vegetables and fish than the Nutrition Center recommends, according to a health survey by Statistics Netherlands in collaboration with the RIVM and the Nutrition Center. In the period between 2014 and 2016 less than four in ten children ate enough fruit, just over four in ten ate enough vegetables, and little more than half ate enough fish.
The health survey is annually conducted among around 1,100 children. Researchers question the kids' parents about the food they eat.
Too many schools still have vending machines offering kids sugary snacks and soft drinks. These vending machines have to be banned because the stand in the way of healthy diets, public health institute RIVM concludes in a study titled The nutrition environment in schools
A third of Dutch will get type 2 diabetes at some stage in their life. Almost half of the Dutch population will suffer from the preliminary phase of the disease, so-called pre-diabetes. One in eleven will have to use insulin.
Based on a latest study, the consumption of foods that have low nutritional value, usually in the form of instant, packaged snacks are associated to colorectal cancer risk.