Obesity

Fat crisis

The top five obesity myths

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.

Midnight snacking

Body clock may play role in obesity

Snacking at night is very damaging, research shows.

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...

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Bacterial basis

Could obesity be a gut reaction?

To GO WITH AFP STORY by JAVIER TOVAR - Solange de Goncalves, 38, speaks with AFP at her house in Sao Goncalo, Niteroi, 35km north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 28, 2012. Solange dropped from 138 kilograms of weight to 123 kilograms in 50 days, after an operation to reduce the size of her stomach from 1,2 liters to 30 mililiters of capacity.                    AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

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.

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Push to tax sugary drinks to fight obesity

Sprite.

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.

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Tough approach aims to combat obesity epidemic by likening high-fat food to different kind of junk

Rachel Browne A COMMERCIAL comparing junk food to heroin has sparked debate among parent groups and advertising circles.

First Lady's war on obesity seeks an oasis for inner-city 'food deserts'

Michelle Obama

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.

Obesity costs $74b: study

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.

Study

Thinking disorders, not lifestyle, may lead to obesity

Obesity

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.

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Study

Childhood obesity starting to improve

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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...

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Futile effort

Obesity campaigns 'waste of cash'

Obesity.

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.

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War on obesity

Doctors call for ads that sicken to fight obesity

New York City health campaign

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.

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War on child obesity could put chocolate out of bounds

BURGERS

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.

Disaster diets

Disaster diets: don't try these food fads at home

It's a lemon: the lemon-juice detox diet can be dangerous.

Damon Cronshaw Health experts have warned against crazy fad diets, after reports of people eating orange-juice soaked cotton balls and losing teeth from a lemon-juice detox.

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Are you obese on the inside?

Dessert

Sarah Berry You might be the envy of your mates as you make a meal out of meat pies and Messina while still slipping into your skinny jeans.

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Big bodies can also bend it

Sarah Harry Curvy Yoga Teacher.

Thea O'Connor 'When I tell people I'm a yoga instructor, they usually look at me in a funny way, like I'm joking,'' says Sarah Harry, of Ashwood, Melbourne.

Kellogg's 'sneaky' sugary cereal swap

Madison (9 years old) and her sister Emily Adams (6 years old) at home in Rosanna with the new sugar laden version of Kellogg's Mini Wheats. Their Mum Vicky Adams is frustrated at the lack of choice when it comes to trying to buy sugar free breakfast cereals.
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PHOTO: PENNY STEPHENS
THE AGE

Deborah Gough Kellogg's has stopped stocking a "healthy" choice cereal and replaced it with a sugar "frosted" or "chocolate" version with the same name and logo - a move that consumer and health groups have...

Not such a healthy choice

Diet drinks may not be so sweet for your health

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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.

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An anti-breast cancer diet? Watch this space

Paula Goodyer Plant foods may help protect against breast cancer - but they don't undo the risk of being overweight.

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Building blocks for healthy eating

Mouse eating cheese of the trap

Nicky Phillips Australian researchers are leading a rethink on what a balanced diet really means.

Counting kilojoules doesn't add up

counting calories

Sarah Berry We can all exercise our inner control freak by counting kilojoules. But at what cost?

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