Tagged: Junk Food

Junk food packaging hijacks the same brain processes as drug and alcohol addiction - Guest Work

Guest Work May 10, 2017

By Bernd Weber, University of Bonn Food is important for our survival, which is why all living beings have developed an urge for high energy foods, like those high in sugar and fat. Historically, this hadn’t been an issue, as energy dense foods weren’t always as available as they are today. But in modern societies, we not only … Read More

Homo economicus: Why do we keep swallowing the Kool Aid? - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 23, 2016

This is the final post in the three-part guest series from the Morgan Foundation’s Jess Berentson-Shaw and Geoff Simmons exploring the legacy of the myth of the rational human – Homo economicus. In our previous post we looked at how Homo economicus thinking ignores so much of what we know about human behaviour, especially in relation to public … Read More

Homo economicus: Public Health - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 22, 2016

This guest post from the Morgan Foundation’s Jess Berentson-Shaw and Geoff Simmons is the second in a series of three exploring the legacy of the myth of the rational human – Homo economicus. As outlined in our first post , it’s time to ditch the myth of rational humans – homo economicus. The trouble is that many economists haven’t … Read More

A co-regulatory approach to protecting children from junk food marketing - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Sep 09, 2015

Amanda Wood, PhD candidate, University of Auckland The Health Minister is currently deciding how to best address children’s poor health due to diet-related diseases. It is a good time to reflect not only on the content of those approaches, but also the regulatory frameworks for those approaches. This blog explores a co-regulatory approach that could be applied to the strengthening … Read More

A tasty morsel on fat taxes - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake May 28, 2013

Denmark placed the first-ever tax on saturated fat in 2011, and then abandoned it fifteen months later. It was supposed to be a real-world example of a ‘nudge’ — a little governmental push in the ‘right’ direction for all the fatty-fatty-two-by-fours healthy people struggling to emerge from their unhealthy bodies. Those ungrateful little sods actual […] … Read More

The influence of marketing on kids’ food preferences - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Mar 29, 2011

What influences our kids’ food preferences? One factor is certainly the way foods are marketed to kids, and what sort of branding appears on the packaging. A paper published earlier this month in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent medicine investigates whether licensed media spokescharacters on cereal packaging affects young children’s taste assessment of the products. The study … Read More

It’s time for New Zealand to start taking obesity seriously! - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Jul 12, 2010

Obesity is very much in the news again this week with our Government being widely criticised for its inaction. Last year, Health Minister Tony Ryall dropped nutrition and physical activity from the Government’s health targets and the  National Administration Guideline (5) clause on healthy eating in schools was dropped by Education Minister Anne Tolley. Read More

…Another Man’s Poison. - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Feb 07, 2010

I would imagine that there is nothing scarier for a teacher than to be confronted by a child having a full-blown allergic reaction to something. It is pretty stressful for emergency-trained doctors and nurses so it must be doubly so for a non-medical person. Schools have the dilemma of wishing to reduce the risk of [...] Related posts: … Read More

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