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Food can prompt behaviours and brain responses similar to those seen in more traditional forms of addiction. Justin McGregor/Shutterstock

Explainer: can you be addicted to food?

Are you a "carb craver" or "chocaholic"? We often use language associated with addiction to describe our relationships with food. But is it really possible to be addicted to certain types of food?
After recent lacklustre ratings MasterChef is back with a bang – so what’s the secret? MasterChef/Network Ten

What MasterChef teaches us about food and the food industry

While MasterChef might teach us a lot about food and food trends, it also glosses over some of the harsher realities of the industry that produces this food. What's the secret to its sudden ratings boost?
Food to table, Chicago style. crfsproject

Why all cities should have a Department of Food

Urban and regional planners need to play a bigger role in bringing healthy food to cities and towns. One research project aims to change that.
Overbalanced. Is it possible to be fit and fat? sophietica

Killer couches are the key to tackling fat and fitness

The link between exercise, diet and ill health has been recognised for a considerable length of time. The ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates (460-370BC), wrote: Eating alone will not keep a man well…
With so much uncertainty in halal labelling it can be hard for Muslim consumers to know they’re getting what they’ve asked for. Todd Lappin

Explainer: what is halal, and how does certification work?

Halal food certification in Australia has become a contentious issue. Recently, a Western Australian cafe received hateful and anti-Islamic messages after its owners tried to explain halal on Facebook…
Fill your boots. Fruit and veg of the unprocessed variety. Garry Knight

Food fight: is business trying to game the five-a-day system?

We are on the brink of an important change in how we are encouraged to think about our diet. Britain’s health authorities are considering whether to allow processed or “composite foods” to carry the official…
Families can fill up on more than food when they dine together. Dining image via www.shutterstock.com.

Science says: eat with your kids

As a family therapist, I often have the impulse to tell families to go home and have dinner together rather than spending an hour with me. And 20 years of research in North America, Europe and Australia…

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