Obesity

Smoking, obesity still the top causes of cancer

Staying physically strong: Green vegetables and exercise.

Sarah Berry Half of the men and one third of women in Australia will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. If this statistic wasn't sobering enough, much of it is preventable.

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Graphic fat advertisements target Victoria's obesity problem

Live lighter campaign

Graphic "toxic fat" television ads will be splashed across Victoria in a bid to tackle the state's growing obesity problem.

Food capsules 'could combat obesity crisis'

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Laura Donnelly Scientists say they have developed food capsules which work as a virtual gastric bypass, 'tricking' the body into thinking it is full could combat obesity crisis, experts say.

Fat crisis

The top five obesity myths

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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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Push to tax sugary drinks to fight obesity

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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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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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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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War on obesity

Doctors call for ads that sicken to fight obesity

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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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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.

Study

Thinking disorders, not lifestyle, may lead to obesity

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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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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.

Futile effort

Obesity campaigns 'waste of cash'

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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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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.

War on child obesity could put chocolate out of bounds

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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.

New research

'Fat shaming' does not help people lose weight, experts say

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Making overweight and obese people feel bad about their size does not encourage them to shed excess kilograms, researchers found.

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The best diet is the one you stick to, study says

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Sarah Berry Every year, nutrition experts battle it out to determine the 'best and worst' diets.

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Can we train our brains to sparkle for brussel sprouts like they do for cupcakes?

Sparkle-brain: the brain 'hyperactivates' at the thought of kilojoule-rich foods.

Sarah Berry Cupcakes make our brains sparkle. Seriously. But can we teach them to do the dopamine dance for brussel sprouts instead?

Get ready for summer

Weird and wonderful health hacks

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Livia Gamble Winter is just about over and as hard as we tried, some of us became victims of the cold. We exercised less and stayed in bed more.

Time to celebrate?

All fat is bad? Not so fast

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Anahad O'Connor People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have...

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