Tagged: BMI

BMI keeps on going up – and reflections on the Diabesity Symposium - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Mar 24, 2017

Professor Tony Blakely, Dr Kirsten Coppell, Dr Cristina Cleghorn, Dr Andrea Teng Is body mass index (BMI) relentlessly increasing in NZ, or plateauing? In this blog we present trends in BMI by ethnicity in NZ going back to the 1980s. Over the last four decades the annual increase in BMI is linear, relentless increasing; no sign of a plateau, yet. Read More

Samoa obesity-gene link not so simple - News

John Kerr Jul 26, 2016

High rates of obesity in Samoa have been linked to a particular version of a gene which is prevalent among the island’s population. However, relying on the often repeated formula of ‘gene X’ causes ‘condition Y’ risks oversimplification, say experts. The results, published today in Nature Genetics, were based on an analysis of DNA samples and basic health data collected from … Read More

Experts support weight loss surgery for type-2 diabetics - News

Guest Work May 25, 2016

By Meena Amso A joint statement by leading diabetes organisations and endorsed by 45 worldwide scientific societies this week called for surgery to be recognised for the first time as a standard treatment option for type-2 diabetes. Weight loss surgery can play an important role in achieving blood sugar control and reduction in cardiovascular risk factors, say international experts who … Read More

Obesity and Income - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 05, 2015

If we’re tallying the social costs of obesity, what should we make of this one? Obese men make more money than their slimmer counterparts, according to new research from the University of Otago’s Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS).The opposite can be said for women, with obese or overweight women earning less than women of average weight. They were … Read More

The bulk of the nation (infographic) - Visibly Shaken

Peter Griffin Feb 24, 2012

If you bought a paper this morning, particularly the Herald, you’ll have bene greated with front-page stories detailing a list of 49 foods that obese people should avoid. In fact, we should probably all avoid them, but University of Otago researchers who put the list together, are targeting people who are overweight or obese and suggesting foods they can swap … Read More

Are You Ready for the Faux-Zombie Apocalypse? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Aug 16, 2011

The title of this post is a somewhat obscure reference to an episode of the Nineties Sci-Fi show “Sliders“.  The premise of the show was based on the Multiverse theory in physics, a favourite trope in science fiction. In “Sliders” a small group of individuals are accidentally set adrift in the multiverse, travelling from Earth [...] … Read More