Obesity among kids in Australia needs to be treated as a serious health problem.
If any other condition affected as many children and contributed to as many long-term health problems as obesity does, we would have had an action plan long ago. But it's not too late to start.
Food education takes place in preschools, primary schools and secondary schools, though in different ways and to different degrees.
Food education in Australia tends to be patchy, and doesn't fully met the present and future life needs of students and their families.
It's not just a storm in a fruit cup – branding fuels our appetite for unhealthy foods.
Social media platforms can identify children who are most interested in or vulnerable to junk food and its advertising.
Why have successive federal governments not regulated junk food marketing to control obesity? The reasons aren’t as obvious as you might think.
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.
Neuroscience shows the brain’s reward centres are activated by certain packaging.
No wonder we're addicted to junk food. Neuroscience shows food packaging affects our enjoyment of these foods, and plays on the same brain processes as hard drug addiction.
Junk food versus healthy food – why are we always blaming consumers for 'bad' food choices?
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can be life-saving, but prevention by adopting healthier diets and lifestyle is even better.
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.
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.
The food industry says it wants to help in the fight against obesity – but it needs regulation.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Facebook users willingly spread marketing messages on behalf of food and beverage corporations.
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