Tagged: Obesity

The fat tax debate is reignited again - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Dec 12, 2012

The debate about fat tax has been reignited with the publication of a new paper today (12 December 2012) by New Zealand researchers. Taxes on soft drinks and foods high in saturated fats, and subsidies for fruit and vegetables, could lead to beneficial dietary changes and potentially improve health, say the authors of this latest research. Helen Eyles and her … Read More

Obesity costs - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 12, 2012

Another day, another cost study. This time we're told that obesity costs New Zealand between $722,000,000 and $849,000,000. Here's a thought experiment. Imagine that we wave a costless magic wand and every obese person suddenly has a BMI right in the ... 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

One third of New Zealanders addicted to food: fact or fiction? - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Sep 20, 2012

Today’s Press Headlines read “Third of Kiwis ‘need to kick food addiction’” The quote is attributed to Professor Doug Sellman, Director of the National Addiction Centre and is a call for more funding to support this group. My first reaction was “Give someone a hammer and everything looks like a nail.” Alas, I can’t leave … Continue reading » … Read More

Unhealthy weight control among New Zealand kids - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Aug 30, 2012

A new study just published this month by researchers at the University of Auckland has highlighted concerns about weight control behaviours among New Zealand adolescents, and has identified a number of ‘red flags’ for unhealthy weight loss. The new findings were published last week (21 August 2012) in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity by … Read More

Fat Rulz OK! - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jul 13, 2012

Dr Cat Pause is a Fat advocate.  For her “Obese” is a negative term, but Fat is good. She hit the headlines this week as the organiser of New Zealand’s first Fat Studies conference.  Listening to her interviews (see eg TVNZ interview) and reading some media around this event I detect two strains of argument 1. … Continue reading » … Read More

Episode 33: Sweet and sour - The Sciblogs Podcast

Peter Griffin Jun 22, 2012

A bumper edition this week of the Sciblogs podcast owing to the huge amount of interesting science news around the traps. The last electric sports car? I kick off with my Science Media Centre colleagues John Kerr and Dacia Herbulock analysing what’s come out of the Rio20+ summit in Brazil – what have the world’s nation’s agreed … Read More