There should be a tax on sugary drinks and people need assistance to quit.
A collaboration of Australia's leading scientists, clinicians and health organisations announce ten priority policy actions needed for Australia to reach its health targets by the year 2025.
Evidence supports a review of dietary guidelines around the ideal balance of omega 6 to omega 3 dietary fats.
A prominent new paper reflects growing global sentiment amongst scientists and dieticians to review advice relating to the types of dietary fats we should consume for optimal health.
Most people aspire to eat a healthy diet. But things change when we get to the supermarket.
Three in five Australian adults get sucked in by promotions and specials on junk food and sugary drinks at the supermarket, research released today shows.
Bad for you, bad for the environment.
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In a warming world with a growing population and dwindling resources, we can no longer afford to eat food that's bad for both our health and the environment.
Swap the bacon for something a little healthier.
It is easy to fall into the trap of giving people you love lots of ultra-processed, high kilojoule, nutrient-poor foods because they like them. But immediate pleasure comes at a cost.
Action on Sugar doesn't think much of David Cameron's childhood obesity strategy, but will May do any better?
Unhealthy lifestyles lead to chronic diseases later in life.
Almost three in four Australian children consume too much sugar, 91.5% of young people don't get enough exercise, and we're among the most obese people in the world.
About 58% of the average household’s food budget is spent on ‘junk’ food.
Many people believe eating healthily is expensive – and more costly than buying junk food. But our new research shows this isn't the case.
Junk food adverts aimed at kids need to be banned.
Junk food adverts need to be banned near schools and nurseries – our children's lives depend upon it.
Men and women living in areas of highest socioeconomic disadvantage have a 29% higher risk of being obese.
The government's focus on treating chronic disease neglects the importance of obesity and the benefits of preventive health measures tailored to gender and socioeconomic circumstances.
Sugary drinks are high in energy and lead to weight gain and obesity.
It's time for Australia to follow the UK's lead and increase the price of sugary drinks.
Some people are just better at resisting temptations than others.
People overeat. And people don’t always make the healthiest food choices. That much is clear. But who is to blame for overeating and poor food choices?
Junk food ads create pester power and undermine parents’ efforts to encourage healthy habits.
It’s like putting the fox in charge of the hen house – food advertisers can make and break the rules as they like.
You’re better off sticking with a standard flat white or skim latte, and skipping the cake on the side.
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Whether it's a coffee in hand as we walk through the office door, or a way to beat the 3pm slump, many of us rely on our local barista to get us through our working day.
Energy drinks are often promoted alongside extreme sports, video games and youth-centric activities such as lifesaving.
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Given the heightened risk of harm, governments should ban the sale of energy drinks to anyone under the age of 18 years old.
The main thrust of the advisory committee’s report is that diets should be focused on whole foods, not specific nutrients.
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National dietary guidelines have become an easy target for those looking for a scapegoat for bad diets in rich countries. And a BMJ article about draft US guidelines adds further fuel for the fire.
Food can prompt behaviours and brain responses similar to those seen in more traditional forms of addiction.
Are you a "carb craver" or "chocaholic"? We often use language associated with addiction to describe our relationships with food. But is it really possible to be addicted to certain types of food?
Gut bacteria don’t like.
Supersize me too: how junk food decimates thousands of friendly microbe species.
Children will learn to like vegetables if they’re regularly exposed to them from a young age.
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…
Have another go.
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The NHS is 67 years old, on its knees and struggling, and its patients are not doing much better. Launching the Labour Party’s new plans for public health today – it’s an election year after all – the…