Tagged: Obesity

Is the food industry ripe for scrutiny? - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Jun 20, 2012

The journal PLoS Medicine (Public Library of Science Medicine) has today (June 20) launched a special series of articles highlighting the influence and impact of the food industry. Seven articles, published over the next three weeks, will examine the activities and influence of ‘Big Food’ (defined as the multinational food and beverage industry with huge and concentrated market … Read More

Managing obesity in primary care - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson May 16, 2012

A new paper published yesterday (14 May 2012) in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has reviewed the literature from January 2006 to July 2011 to establish the most effective methods for managing the ever increasing problem of obesity in the primary care setting. Say the authors, ’there is an urgent need to find simple, effective strategies for improving … Read More

New study shows discrimination against obese people - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson May 09, 2012

A new study published this month in the International Journal of Obesity by an international collaboration of researchers from New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Hawaii, has shown that discrimination against obese people is occurring in the work place. Researchers used a newly-developed measure of anti-fat prejudice, the universal measure of bias (UMB), to predict workplace discrimination against … Read More

Defining ‘best’ foods is a matter of ‘fact’, not ‘perception’ - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Mar 20, 2012

I was shocked to read an article in the Sunday Star Times a week ago (11 March) by Lee-Anne Wann that was full of inaccuracies, was misleading, and could be potentially dangerous for some people. The article Defining ‘best’ foods is a matter of perception made the following incorrect claims: 1. Not all people carry excess body fat because of … Read More

The bulk of the nation (infographic) - Visibly Shaken

Peter Griffin Feb 24, 2012

If you bought a paper this morning, particularly the Herald, you’ll have bene greated with front-page stories detailing a list of 49 foods that obese people should avoid. In fact, we should probably all avoid them, but University of Otago researchers who put the list together, are targeting people who are overweight or obese and suggesting foods they can swap … Read More

Sugar Sickness - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 27, 2011

New Zealand is, apparently, the third fattest nation in the world according to OECD statistics. Yet fighting the obesity “epidemic” is not rocket science. Apart from the very few people who have some serious metabolic disorder, all that causes obesity is taking in more calories than you burn up. Yes, it is rather more complicated [...] Related posts: … Read More

Should New Zealand have a fat tax? - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Oct 04, 2011

This week it was reported in the media that Denmark has become the first country in the world to introduce a fat tax on food, with a surcharge on foods high in saturated fat of 16 kroner ($NZ3.80) per kg of saturated fats in a product. According to Radio New Zealand, Health Minister Tony Ryall has … Read More

Are You Ready for the Faux-Zombie Apocalypse? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Aug 16, 2011

The title of this post is a somewhat obscure reference to an episode of the Nineties Sci-Fi show “Sliders“.  The premise of the show was based on the Multiverse theory in physics, a favourite trope in science fiction. In “Sliders” a small group of individuals are accidentally set adrift in the multiverse, travelling from Earth [...] … Read More