Tag Archives: obesity

Obesity, health star ratings and the nanny state

A quick question: How many kilojoules have you consumed so far today? Even an estimate will do. Most of us wouldn’t have a clue. Continue reading

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When advertising is shocking

On New Years day, as the Victorian and Northern Territory governments followed NSW, WA and the ACT by implementing laws preventing cigarettes from being put on display to the public, the Australian Medical Association called for a $25 million TV … Continue reading

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McDonald’s isn’t lovin’ it much

What seems like an obvious approach doesn’t alway work A new advertisement about to be aired in Washington DC (US) made by the health lobby group, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) shows an overweight, middle aged man lying in … Continue reading

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Why we eat (and throw out) so much at Christmas, and why we never learn; Part One

At the risk of being called a Scrooge (the Dicken’s character, rather than the Disney character who wears no pants), I’m suggesting we buy less food during the Christmas season. In the lead up to Christmas, I find it so … Continue reading

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The links between food waste, obesity, the environment, and marketing

It’s in our evolutionary interests to eat foods high in fat, sugar and salt. But that was when there was a famine to look forward too… One of the biggest contributors to obesity and environmental degradation in the past 35 … Continue reading

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Pricing junk food out of the market

The Australian Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, has recently released the report of the federal government’s Preventative Health Task Force. Amongst some of the recommendations, the most sensible one is that it should be easier for people to be healthy, when the … Continue reading

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