A human rights-based approach to food production will have environmental, social and economic benefits.
The hidden costs of industrial food production include immense health and environmental impacts. These include millions of deaths, climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss.
Don’t blame your metabolism for middle age weight gain.
Eating more than your metabolism burns is likely to cause you to gain weight.
During the pandemic, Australians have been using food delivery apps more than ever. We’ve assessed how healthy the options available to us are — and the news isn’t good.
People have been gaining weight during the pandemic.
Brits have gained weight during the pandemic, but historically diets alone have not created better health.
Our new research found some deals provided an astonishing 90% of the average recommended daily energy intake for adults.
We developed a healthy lunchbox program. Here, we provide parents with ideas for swapping unhealthy foods kids might like to healthier ones comparable on cost, taste, texture and preparation time.
Healthcare worker, Boitsholo Mfolo, inside the digital x-ray truck at one of Africa Health Research Institute’s mobile screening camps in rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
Samora Chapman/ Africa Health Research Institute
South Africa needs a public health response that expands the successes of the country’s HIV testing and treatment programme to provide care for multiple diseases.
Unhealthy foods are readily available and heavily marketed to us, especially at supermarkets.
The evidence is clear: a tax on sugary drinks would reduce consumption. All that’s needed is political leadership that prioritises health above the profits.
Our research found personalised nutrition advice, compared to usual dietary advice, helped adults to eat healthier.
Kitwe Food and Farmers’ Market, Zambia.
Samantha Reinders/African Centre for Cities
As the global South transitions to a predominantly urban future, food offers a way to understand the role of cities in future development.
Weight stigma occurs in many developed countries, not just the U.S. and often has devastating consequences.
Negative attitudes about people with larger body sizes or higher weight are consistent across Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and the US.
Our ancestors’ environment and diets, and the limits of our biology, have led to adaptations that have improved human survival through natural selection. But we remain prone to illness and disease anyway.
Evolutionary medicine uses our ancestral history to explain disease prevalence and inform care for conditions like Type 2 diabetes. It also challenges the bio-ethnocentrism of western medicine.
White River Primary school in South Africa, sponsored by Coca Cola.
A ban on sugary drinks sale and advertisements in schools is likely to hold more promise in improving the diets of children and help prevent obesity in children than voluntary actions.
The public and the media need to be careful not to jump to conclusions when assessing new research.
Governments must take urgent action to prevent noncommunicable diseases from becoming an uncontrollable epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Sugar-sweetened beverage taxation offers a potential solution.
Appropriately designed taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages would result in proportional reductions in consumption.
Without reliable, local and timely data, countries will miss the potential of sugar-sweetened beverage taxation as a public health intervention.
Rwanda’s food policies focus on production to make sure people have livelihoods and enough nutritious food. Not much attention is given to overnutrition.
Tension between the government’s economic and public health priorities is preventing stronger fiscal measures to address nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases.
The consumption of a lot of soft drinks is linked to increased obesity.
Between 2018 and 2019 Kenya registered a 30% spike in sugar production and an increase in sugar consumption.