In reference to your editorial The case to limit junk-food adverts (October 26), there is no doubt that obesity needs to be tackled, but the question is how. There is no simple solution to the problem.
Many food and beverages should be consumed in moderation, as the key to successful weight management is to ensure that calories taken in are balanced by those burnt through physical activity as part of an active and healthy lifestyle.
We believe the best approach to tackling obesity is to give people the choice and information, rather than extra taxes on families or individuals. If we want to see change, we need to work across all sectors to develop solutions that help people understand the importance of eating balanced diets and getting plenty of regular exercise.
Many beverage companies that we represent are committed to helping people to achieve this balance and make an informed choice by offering reduced, low or zero-calorie or sugar-free beverages in every market. They provide clear information on how much sugar and how many calories are in their beverages. They offer different sizes of bottles to assist with portion control. They also support physical activity programmes.
Soft drink companies outline their commitment to responsible marketing across the globe, especially for children. For example, they do not advertise when more than 35 per cent of the audience are children under 12. This includes television, radio, print, the internet and mobile phone advertising. Coca-Cola has also published global school beverage guidelines underlining how and what it makes available in schools.
At the Arab Beverage Association, we work towards encouraging partnerships between individuals, organisations and governments, and inform consumers of their choices. While no one food or beverage alone causes obesity, all calories count. However, most beverages can be part of any active and healthy lifestyle. The key is moderation, eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly.
A meaningful message
With reference to the article Emirates joins fight to save animals (November 4), I feel proud when I see an Emirati company support causes like this. Of course this move will not solve the issue of illegal animal trade, but a concerted effort will surely make a positive impact. I hope other airlines do their bit to save animals.
Kawthar Bin Sulayem,
UAE’s model can benefit many
The UAE has not just benefited immensely from oil but it has managed its oil wealth very well (Drive to recruit more Emiratis in tourism and hospitality, November 2).
It can help oil-producing countries in Africa by sharing its knowledge and experience in this regard.
The UAE has shown that, by distributing profits from natural resources equally among citizens, it’s possible to achieve happiness, peace and prosperity.
Action needed on refugee crisis
This refers to the opinion article Syria's refugee crisis is the first great test of the 21st century. And we are failing it' (November 3). It's true that much has been discussed about this issue.
Even though some of the European countries and the US have agreed to absorb some refugees, it’s not enough to end the suffering of millions of people. They have to find a solution now.