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Over 90 per cent of food and beverage product ads viewed by children and youth online are for unhealthy food products. (Shutterstock)

This is why child obesity rates have soared

New data on soaring child obesity should not come as a surprise. The food industry spends billions marketing unhealthy foods in a global society where over-eating is seen as a character flaw.
A man shops for avocados at a Whole Foods Market in New York on Aug. 28. The splashy price cuts Amazon made as the new owner of Whole Foods has attracted some curious customers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Amazon’s appetite for disruption

Amazon has pledged to continue slashing prices at Whole Foods now that it's acquired the organic food mecca. Will that mean more affordable organic food for more people -- delivered overnight?
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?"
Why have successive federal governments not regulated junk food marketing to control obesity? The reasons aren’t as obvious as you might think. from www.shutterstock.com

Fat nation: the rise and fall of obesity on the political agenda

No wonder obesity is a tough public health issue for governments to deal with. Our research has uncovered a range of barriers to tackling it, some more obvious than others.
Proper nutrition is critical to combatting the costly and deadly epidemics of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. from www.shutterstock.com

Essays on health: how food companies can sneak bias into scientific research

Food, drug and other companies often sponsor research in the hope it might produce results favourable to their products. How can we ensure such research remains independent?

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