Tagged: Obesity

MacDonald’s to advise the UK Government on health policy - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Nov 15, 2010

Yes — you read the title correctly. And no, it isn’t April Fools Day. Recent reports from the UK newspaper The Guardian state that, ’the UK Department of Health is putting the fast food companies McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken and processed food and drink manufacturers such as PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Mars and Diageo at the heart of … Read More

Time for New Zealand to focus on the health of our children - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Nov 04, 2010

A brand new position statement was launched in the United States this week (1 November 2010) by the American Dietetic Association, School Nutrition Association and Society for Nutrition Education, which looked at providing comprehensive school nutrition services. The abstract of the paper states that, ’It is the position of the American Dietetic Association, School Nutrition Association and Society for Nutrition … Read More

Who cares about New Zealand’s waistline? - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Oct 19, 2010

A conference held in Wellington yesterday (18 October 2010) by the Edgar National Centre for Diabetes Research, an Institute of the University of Otago, looked at this very question. Bringing together a whole range of experts, including Government, health professionals, media and the food industry, the presenters looked at the evidence base for public health measures … Read More

Is obesity contagious? - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Sep 22, 2010

Widely reported this week is new research suggesting that obesity may be caused (in part) by a virus, with Science Daily commenting on this issue — followed by an article in the New Zealand Herald yesterday. The idea that you might be able to ‘catch’ obesity, although this sounds bizarre, is not new! There were reports … Read More

Fat Chance of Fat Tax - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jul 12, 2010

Apparently there is a war on obesity. Trouble is, there does not seemed to be a well-defined enemy in this war. Is it the fast food industry? Perhaps it is the actual fat in foods? Maybe it is the obese person themselves? Or their wicked, neglectful parents? Or perhaps it is carbohydrates, not fats, that [...] Related posts: … Read More

It’s time for New Zealand to start taking obesity seriously! - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Jul 12, 2010

Obesity is very much in the news again this week with our Government being widely criticised for its inaction. Last year, Health Minister Tony Ryall dropped nutrition and physical activity from the Government’s health targets and the  National Administration Guideline (5) clause on healthy eating in schools was dropped by Education Minister Anne Tolley. Read More

Fitness versus fatness - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Feb 16, 2010

It’s a long-standing debate — can you be fat and healthy as long as you are fit, or is it bad to be fat, full stop? The debate came to New Zealand earlier this month when Professor Steven Blair presented at a conference at the University of Otago on the crucial role of physical activity in the prevention … Read More

Poisoned Plastic? - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 10, 2010

Yesterday’s Weekend Herald contained a couple of articles on Bisphenol-A, otherwise known as BPA. BPA is used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics – the commonest plastic used to make drink bottles and linings of cans. There have been studies in rats and mice that show that BPA causes altered sexual development, aggression and obesity. [...] Related posts: … Read More

Vitamins and Exercise - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jul 31, 2009

I think it’s safe to say that in recent years the push to “Become Healthier” has become much stronger than it was previously. Statistics like 1/4 of New Zealand adults are obese and New Zealand being the “3rd Fattest” country in the world are used to promote a lifestyle that is aimed at making us [...] … Read More