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Childhood has become the critical period when socioeconomic inequalities in overweight emerge and strengthen, the study found. MaST Charter

Disadvantaged kids more likely to be overweight by age four

Children from low socioeconomic backgrounds are already more likely to be overweight by age four than median income families…
Boxing clever - or not. Idea of banning packed school lunches goes to far. PA/Chris Radburn

Banning packed lunches is a step too far

The government wants to improve children’s diets by banning packed lunches and barring children from leaving school at lunchtime to prevent them from buying unhealthy food. School lunches are healthier…
When it comes to food we follow our parents. PA/Anthony Devlin

Time to face hard truths when it comes to obese children

We’re grappling with a rapidly increasing number of children who are obese. In the US, where a third of Americans are considered obese, a leading group of doctors have officially designated obesity as…
Food products spruiking their nutritional content or featuring images of male sports stars were more attractive to children, the study found. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonassmith

Boys prefer foods spruiked by sports celebs: study

Boys are more likely to choose unhealthy foods with on-pack endorsements by sports stars than those without, a new study…

Using vitamin D in pre-diabetic teens

Researchers have trialled vitamin D supplements as a means of managing blood sugar in obese teenagers. The study compared…
Coca-Cola’s business strategy is to build brand loyality and trust. Flickr/orangeacid

Coca-Cola part of the solution to obesity? Yeah right!

Coca-Cola made headlines this week with a new television advertising campaign. It begins with a voice-over: “We’d like people to come together on something that concerns all of us – obesity”. The ad then…
High salt diets make children more likely to drink soft drinks according to new research from Deakin University. Dion Gillard

Salt a hidden culprit in childhood obesity: study

Sugary drinks may get most of the attention in discussions about Australia’s obesity epidemic, but new research from Deakin…
Nearly three-quarters of the parents said they were pestered by their children into buying food. EPA Sam Stephenson

Give in to pester power at the supermarket checkout? You’re not alone

While we think of junk food marketing as something that happens during television commercial breaks or on massive billboard signs, supermarkets are yet another advertising frontier for food companies…
Changes in the level of children’s physical activity is not solely responsible for the obesity epidemic. Brent Danley

Adding kids’ weight to report cards will do more harm than good for preventing obesity

As public health researchers who’ve worked with government, non-governmental organisations, schools, childcare organisations, families and children to understand the complexity of obesity and effective…
Research shows sports sponsorship works to improve brand recall and positive attitudes among children and adolescents.

Sports sponsorship and kids’ health: who are the real winners?

Over the weekend, Australian children and their parents witnessed some of the country’s finest sportsmen display feats of strength, skill and endurance in the Australian Football League (AFL) and National…
The combination of more access and busier lifestyles has likely contributed to increasing consumption of fast food. Ben Weston

Fast food v councils: the battle for hearts, minds and bellies

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has just finished hearing submissions in a case against McDonald’s opening an outlet in the town of Tecoma. The case is part of a growing trend of…
Rather than criticising parents of fat children, it’s more productive to confront the wider issues of neglect and social inequality. Flickr/Jake Folsom

Childhood obesity: are parents really to blame?

Should a child’s obese body be used as evidence to support their removal from their parents’ care? According to a recent report in The Age newspaper, the Children’s Court of Victoria thinks so. Victoria’s…
Pester power … experts say junk food ads on children’s TV undermine good parental influence. EPA/Sam Stephenson

Australians oppose TV junk food ads, warm to GM foods

More than 75% of Australians support a ban on junk food advertising in children’s television, and almost 20% support a total…

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