Tagged: nutrition

Homo economicus: Public Health - Guest Work

Guest Author 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

Science or Snake Oil: is A2 milk better for you than regular cow’s milk? - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 24, 2016

Nicholas Fuller, University of Sydney The new big thing hitting our supermarket shelves is “A2 milk”. Not only has this resulted in a great debate about whether it is any better for us than regular cow’s milk, but also a bitter feud over labelling between the big dairy companies in the Federal Court. So what is A2? … Read More

Anti-paleo diet attacks miss the point - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 09, 2016

Guest post by Grant Schofield, Professor of Public Health at Auckland University of Technology and Director of the Human Potential Centre. Another week, another warning that the paleo diet is not really where its at, especially for diabetes. The paleo diet – the idea that we should be guided in human nutrition/public health nutrition by evolutionary history is steeped with controversy. Health experts and authorities are seemingly going well out … Read More

The Paleo diet and diabetes: evidence lacking - Unsorted

John Kerr Aug 08, 2016

An Australian researcher has spoken out against a growing number of claims that the Paleo diet – consisting largely of low-carbohydrate food – can help to manage or even reverse diabetes. Writing in the Medical Journal of Australia, Associate Professor Sof Andrikopoulos from the University of Melbourne says despite dozens of websites urging people with diabetes to go … 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

Low-cost heart-healthy bread for NZ - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 26, 2016

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Nhung Nghiem, Dr Cristina Cleghorn, Dr Nisha Nair, Prof Tony Blakely Researchers report on the optimisation of the design of bread for heart health, a study published recently in BMC Nutrition. Using linear programming we found it possible to design breads that are nutritionally superior to commercially available breads in 15 countries … Read More

Obesity plan gets thumbs down from experts - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 20, 2015

The Government yesterday released details of 22 initiatives, some new, some expansions of existing programmes, that constitute its response to the growing problem of childhood obesity. As expected, there’s no form of fat or sugar tax and no clampdown on marketing of junk food to children. The Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan Voluntary codes and and education campaigns are … Read More

Health check: the science of hangry - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 20, 2015

Amanda Salis, University of Sydney Have you ever snapped angrily at someone when you were hungry? Or has someone snapped angrily at you when they were hungry? If so, you’ve experienced “hangry” (an amalgam of hungry and angry) – the phenomenon whereby some people get grumpy and short-tempered when they’re overdue for a feed. But where does hanger … Read More

Public Health at the Movies: A Selection of 35 Top Movies - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 07, 2015

Associate Professor Nick Wilson, Dr Peter Gallagher We have assembled a collection of 35 high quality movies as part of public health teaching for medical students. In this blog post we detail the movies and reflect on some of the … Continue reading → … Read More

Obesity prevention starts in the womb - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Oct 18, 2012

The annual scientific meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society starts today; the theme of the meeting is ‘For our children’s children‘, and a fascinating programme has been put together with some great speakers who will be presenting their research on this important topic. One of the keynote speakers for today (18 October) will be … Read More