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Excess screen time for children and adolescents is linked to many negative outcomes such as obesity, language delays and antisocial behaviour. (Shutterstock)

Five tips to manage screen time this summer

School is out and screens make tempting babysitters. Follow these recommendations to allow your child some screen time without compromising their health and development.
Attempts to restructure our “obesogenic” food environment for health are often criticized - as restricting personal choice and freedom. (Shutterstock)

Is the food industry conspiring to make you fat?

Bombarded with unhealthy offerings by the food industry, we blame and shame ourselves for gaining weight. But is it really our fault, or are we being "entrapped?"
A staple daily diet for millions of South Africans is this traditional porridge, known as “pap”, made from mielie-meal (ground maize). Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

What’s driving sub-Saharan Africa’s malnutrition problem?

Food insecurity is not only a cause of bad food choices, it is a result of the economics and geographies of the food system.
Children will learn to like vegetables if they’re regularly exposed to them from a young age. Zadorozhnyi Viktor/Shutterstock

Health Check: how to get kids to eat healthy food

Hippocrates said circa 400BC that “food should be our medicine and medicine should be our food”. He would probably turn in his grave if he saw the amount of highly processed, sugary food and drinks marketed…
Current guidelines ignore the fact that young Australians use screens for homework, social media and entertainment. Andrew Plumb/Flickr

Two-hour screen limit for kids is virtually impossible to enforce

It’s almost universally recommended that for optimal physical and mental health, children engage in 60 minutes of physical activity each day and limit the time they spend watching TV, playing computer…

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