Deborah Cohen is a senior natural scientist at US think tank Rand Corp. and the author of the forthcoming book A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic and How We Can End It.
Bridie Smith The body clock may be more influential than previously thought, with researchers finding that it could also play a role in how fat we become and ultimately contribute to the risk of lifestyle...
A poor diet and a lack of exercise may not be the only reasons why some people are more likely to keep putting on weight, writes Melissa Davey.
Vince Chadwick A campaign to tackle unhealthy levels of sugar consumption is pushing for a tax on soft drinks and restrictions on advertising directed at children.
WASHINGTON: The US first lady, Michelle Obama, has teamed up with major food retailers to launch an attack on ''food deserts'' as a key part of the US battle to bring down childhood obesity.
WASHINGTON: Obese workers cost US employers $US73.1 billion ($74.57 billion) a year, much of it due to ''presenteeism'' or being less productive on the job due to health problems, a study shows.
Julie Robotham Australia's childhood obesity epidemic has finally gone into reverse, according to a study that highlights a small but steady fall in the proportion of preschoolers deemed overweight during the past...
Julia Medew Obese people are more likely to suffer from bad planning and decision-making skills, putting them in a vicious cycle of being unable to lose weight, a controversial study suggests.
War on obesity
Jill Stark and Sarah Whyte GRAPHIC adverts similar to pictures on cigarette packets could be used on junk food as a desperate measure to curb the obesity epidemic.
Kate Hagan An obese person's body is programmed to regain any weight that is lost and authorities are wasting money on campaigns urging people to exercise and eat healthy food, an obesity expert says.
Rachel Browne A COMMERCIAL comparing junk food to heroin has sparked debate among parent groups and advertising circles.
Amy Corderoy, Daniella Miletic CHOCOLATE fund-raising drives in schools would be banned along with junk food advertising during popular shows such as Junior MasterChef under a plan to tackle childhood obesity.
Not such a healthy choice
Sandy Smith You may think choosing a diet soft drink over a can of sugary fizz is a healthy choice. After all, they contain virtually no kilojoules right? Think again.
Esther Han The soft drink industry wants us to think we are drinking less sugar. It is promoting a study about to be published in the journal Nutrition and Dietetics that concludes in the 14 years to 2011 sales...
Gary Taubes Before I make another dietary resolution, I’d like to know that what I believe I know about a healthy diet is really so. Is that too much to ask?
Julia Llewellyn Smith A British professor's 1972 book about the dangers of sugar is now seen as prophetic. Then why did it lead to the end of his career?
Paula Goodyer There have been question marks about taking supplements to prevent health problems ever since research into beta carotene in the 1990s dropped a bombshell.
Sarah Knapton It may be the world's easiest weight-loss plan, involving no exercise or dieting.
Paula Goodyer With the jury still out on the fish oil and prostate cancer link, are fish oil supplements still a good idea for men?
Abby Ellin The scale and I have reached an uneasy truce. That is: I leave it alone, and it affords me the same courtesy. I rarely step on it, and we're both better off.