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Bill Maher suggests that fat-shaming may help people lose weight. Randy Miramontez/Shutterstock.com

Why Bill Maher is wrong about fat-shaming

Fat-shaming is as ineffective as it is cruel. The bullying tactic also ignores the biological factors underlying obesity, which are not always under a person's control.
One of the lesser-known effects of a poor diet: blindness. Tracy Spohn/Shutterstock

Poor diet can lead to blindness

Most people know that a poor diet can lead to heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. Few are aware that it can also cause blindness.
Supermarkets may discount junk foods to capitalise on the ‘impulse buy’. From shutterstock.com

Supermarkets put junk food on special twice as often as healthy food, and that’s a problem

Our new study finds in Australian supermarkets, the lower the health star rating, the higher the discounts. The time is ripe for a national conversation about making discounts healthier.
Brightly coloured, strategically placed. No wonder parents and kids can have a tough time saying “no” to sugary snacks. from www.shutterstock.com

Let’s untangle the murky politics around kids and food (and ditch the guilt)

The mixed messages around children, food and weight - not to mention sophisticated marketing - can leave parents perplexed. But there are ways to wade through it all and find healthy choices.
In a supermarket candy and cookie aisle. October 31, France adopted the NutriScore, a labelling system designed to inform consumers about the nutritional value of food choices. Defotoberg/Shutterstock

Front-of-pack nutrition labels: why are certain agro-industrial firms resisting?

France recently adopted NutriScore, a series of simple colour codes that will allow consumers to easily identify the healthiest foods. But some of the biggest food conglomerates are fighting back.
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.

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