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It’s not that people in poorer countries want to eat unhealthily - but cost is a huge factor. Aleksandar Todorovic/Shutterstock.com/Editorial use only

Why living in a poor country means you have bad food choices

The fact that relative food prices differ so markedly and so systematically provides a very strong rationale for nutrition-focused food policies.
The apparent higher costs of healthy foods like fresh produce compared to fatty, starchy foods is thought to have contributed to food insecurity in Canada. But is there more at play than just cost? Sydney Rae/Unsplash

Time and money – the biggest hurdles to healthy eating

Although nutritious, inexpensive food options do exist for low-income Canadians, whether those foods are easily accessible or feasible has long evaded both nutrition researchers and politicians.
An obese Quebec man is seen in this photo. Canada is resisting U.S. attempts during NAFTA renegotiations to stop it from putting labels on processed foods to warn of their health risks. (Shutterstock)

How NAFTA will make us fat if the U.S. has its way

The U.S. is vehemently opposed to Canada's intention to put labels on unhealthy processed foods. Here's why Canada should continue to stand its ground during NAFTA renegotiations.
Woman in a doctor’s office. Overweight people often turn to doctors for help, but doctors often do not know how to help. Africa Source/Shutterstock.com

Why your doctor may not be able to help you lose weight

We turn to doctors to treat cancer, addiction and high blood pressure. And, they have a lot of training and tools to help us. Why is that not so with obesity?
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can be life-saving, but prevention by adopting healthier diets and lifestyle is even better. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

How South Africa can beat its sugar-fuelled diabetes epidemic

Being able to buy processed "food-like" products is often seen as a mark of personal and material success. Little attention is paid to having a healthy diet.
People who drink alcohol may not be aware that they’re getting a fair portion of their daily energy intake from alcohol. Chandler Collins/Flickr

Think before you drink: alcohol’s calories end up on your waistline

A gram of alcohol has almost as many calories as the equivalent weight in fat. But most people who drink aren't aware of the extra fuel they're getting from alcohol.
Researchers appear to be stuck in a tug-of-war over the causes of the current levels of obesity. lee roberts/Flickr

Obesity wars revisited: is it the meat or the motion?

Obesity researchers have been in a tug of war about obesity for decades now. So what does the evidence show about the latest offensive in the obesity wars?

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