Tagged: Obesity

The Men Who Made Us Fat - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Apr 22, 2014

Over the weekend I watched a documentary series called “The Men Who Made Us Fat”, playing on the BBC Knowledge channel (but also available on Youtube). It is a fascinating look at how the food industry has used marketing to alter our eating habits, fought against attempts to regulate unhealthy foods and engaged in dubious practices to make unhealthy … Read More

Cheesecake makes you fat, but correlation is not causation - Genomics Aotearoa

Peter Dearden Mar 26, 2014

Julia Horsfield I was one of the happy people rejoicing in new gastronomic possibilities after hearing that eating saturated fats may not cause heart disease after all. Yay! I never could bring myself to opt for that trim latte. Maybe I can even ditch the Olivani in favour of butter. But, as my nutritional friends point out, it’s all … Read More

6 teaspoons of sugar a day helps the diseases stay down, in a most challenging way - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Mar 07, 2014

Tony Blakely, Nick Wilson Here comes the next big battle in nutrition: SUGAR. Yesterday, the World Health Organization put out their widely anticipated guidelines on sugar intake for consultation. In this blog, we review some of the underlying evidence on … Continue reading → … Read More

A taste of success - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Nov 18, 2013

Some recent successes of University of Otago Christchurch researchers: Chlorine bleach key in disease? Professor Tony Kettle from the Centre for Free Radical Research has won a prestigious Marsden Fund grant to better understand a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ chemical with a role in heart disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Professor Kettle will investigate … Continue reading → … Read More

A new book with attitude – but also strong science - Scibooks

SciBooks Sep 30, 2013

by Tony Blakely REVIEW: Appetite for Destruction: Food – the good, the bad and the fatal by Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons Public Interest Publishing, October 2013 RRP $35 Gareth Morgan is known as a smart economist and a bit of a stirrer of public debate. Think domestic cat control to save birds. Think “Big … Read More

UK doctors unite to tackle obesity - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Feb 25, 2013

A new report published last week in the UK has come up with some comprehensive recommendations on tackling obesity. The report, Measuring up: the medical profession’s prescription for the nation’s obesity crisis, follows a 6-month inquiry by a steering group with representatives from 20 of the Royal Medical Colleges and Faculties. The report begins by describing the UK … Read More

Obesogenic environments? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jan 08, 2013

Gareth Morgan wanted restrictions on where "fake food" outlets might be located.Placement of junk food outlets – local communities have a say over the placement of alcohol outlets, but we can’t stop junk food outlets setting up around our schools or clustering in poor neighbourhoods. This could be changed if planners had to take health into consideration in their decisions. Read More