Current high rates of childhood obesity are the product of a perfect early-life storm.
Childhood obesity is increasing and is most common for children living in disadvantage. But it's preventable if we begin from the start of life.
Why is persistent weight loss and weight maintenance so difficult?
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One would imagine the body would generally be supportive of weight loss. If so, why is persistent weight loss and weight maintenance so difficult?
The sugar content of your favourite snacks might surprise you.
If you're an average-sized adult eating and drinking enough to maintain a healthy body weight, you should consume no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar per day.
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.
Walking briskly for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week is a good start.
Many of us enter a new year reflecting on where we have been and our plans for the future. For some, this will mean acknowledging that a couple more kilos have crept on over the past year.
Weight loss is never easy.
If you're embarking on post-holiday weight loss, understanding your body’s physiological responses to the excess of the holiday season could give you the edge for a successful New Year’s resolution.
Pumping iron: Is it really all worth it?
Does working out really cut the mustard in the battle against the bulge? The verdict's in.
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?
Tip the scale.
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The potential health benefits of energy-burning brown and beige fat might be not the effect on weight, but rather on blood sugar and cholesterol.
Food, food, everywhere.
Between work Christmas parties, Christmas lunch or dinner, edible presents and New Year's Eve, it can be an effort not to gain weight.
The new you: harder than it sounds.
Thanks to our ancestors, we're designed to hold on to fat.
Smaller portion sizes can help decrease food intake, but multipack options don’t.
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While a single, smaller portion leads people to eat less, having multiple smaller portions on offer appears to lead some people - notably the diet-conscious - to eat more.
The colder months of the year don’t inevitably lead to an expanding waistline.
Time spent indoors during winter provides a good excuse to eat more, and generally indulge. But does the weather really influence what we eat, or is it merely a fig leaf for our inherent gluttony?
The dimpling of cellulite is caused by alterations to the layer of fat beneath the skin.
Most women (85%) and a small number of men have cellulite, usually on the thighs, buttocks and upper arms. It's a normal pattern of fat for people of all shapes and sizes.
Weighing people may do more harm than good by giving an unreliable picture of the complex realities of health and weight.
Weight and girth have become shorthand for health but these are blunt instruments that provide an unreliable and reductive snapshot of its complexities.
Cutting your kilojoule intake by 2,000kJ a day will help you lose 5kg – a clothes size – in three months.
Want to drop a dress or pants size? Then losing five kilograms, or about 5% of your body weight will help that zipper start to close with ease. In case you need another reason, keeping a small amount of…
Local communities can support healthy eating and active lifestyles in a range of settings.
Over the past three decades, the Australasia region has outpaced other regions of the world with the largest absolute increase in adult obesity. Poor diet and high body mass index have overtaken tobacco…
The average Australian adult gains 0.416 kg a year, so staying weight-neutral is a major accomplishment.
If you’re an adult and live in Australia, you’re more likely to be overweight or obese than not: 63% and 37% respectively. This excess weight is associated with increased premature death and disease, and…
Energy requirements don’t rise much but nutrient requirements do, so women need to be mindful of the quality of their diet.
Women are often encouraged to “eat for two” during pregnancy. While this is right in terms of eating to meet both mum’s and baby’s needs, it doesn’t mean doubling her total food and energy intake. The…
Survivors of a childhood liver transplant remain nutritionally compromised in the years following surgery, a new study has…