Tagged: Obesity

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

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

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

Christchurch has breast cancer research hub - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jun 09, 2015

Guest post by: Kim Thomas, Communications Manager at the University of Otago, Christchurch A team of specialist cancer researchers have joined forces to focus on the impact of obesity on breast cancer. The researchers all work at the University of Otago, Christchurch’s Mackenzie Cancer Research Group. The Group is headed by Canterbury District Health Board […] … Read More

Carrick Graham still gunning for public health researchers - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin May 13, 2015

Dirty Politics. Remember that? It seems like a bad memory, a fleeting, nightmarish glimpse into the inner workings of New Zealand politics and the interplay between politicians and the hired guns who do their dirty work. Carrick Graham As I’ve written before, one of the most disturbing revelations in Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics was the coordinated … Read More

Touch your toes… - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 25, 2014

If lack of physical activity is really to blame for increased obesity, rather than increased caloric intake, do we switch from soda taxes to mandatory morning callisthenics?From the American Journal of Medicine's press release on two new studies (here and here):Sedentary lifestyle and not caloric intake may be to blame for increased obesity in the US, according … Read More

Will the Health Star Rating labels improve people’s diets? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jul 17, 2014

Dr Ninya Maubach (ninya.maubach@otago.ac.nz) Consumers have a right to have informative yet easy-to-use nutrition labelling, and effective labelling is one tool to help control the epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Everyone agrees that on its own, the current Nutrition Information Panel … Continue reading → … Read More

Sir Peter Gluckman on New Zealand's Childhood Obesity Epidemic - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 09, 2014

Yesterday on TV One’s Sunday programme there was an interview with Sir Peter Gluckman on New Zealand’s childhood obesity problems and his recent appointment to the Commission to End Childhood Obesity by the World Health Organisation. I thought it was an excellent interview (though personally I would avoid terms such as co-variates and multi-sectorial) highlighting the value of science in … Read More