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Sugar, diet and obesity – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 29th, 2016.

Kiwi scientists have been featured prominently in the media over the weekend discussing healthy diets and the role of sugar and genes in obesity. Press feature writer Philip Matthews tackled the dichotomy between health experts speaking out about the options to tackle obesity and a political unwillingness to take action. “The Government seems allergic to regulation […]

Potential bowel cancer benefit of fish oils – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 20th, 2016.

A diet high in fatty acids from oily fish might reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer, but experts caution the findings are preliminary. New US-based research indicates there might be a link between high dietary omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish and a lowered risk of death in bowel cancer patients. The findings, […]

Call for lower salt consumption – In the news

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 7th, 2016.

If we are to meet a sodium reduction target by 2025, New Zealanders will have to reduce the salt in their food by at least 30 percent, according to new research. University of Auckland researcher Dr Helen Eyles, from the National Institute for Health Innovation, said meeting international targets for sodium would need considerable effort […]

Lifestyle factors drive global stroke cost – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 10th, 2016.

Over 90 percent of the death and disability caused by stroke is linked to modifiable risk factors, finds a new global study lead by a Kiwi. The authors of the new research, published in The Lancet Neurology, say that taxation could be the key to lowering these risk factors and decreasing the global burden of […]

Low-carb, high fat diet advice questioned – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 25th, 2016.

 Experts are questioning the findings of a new report from UK health charities that has called for an overhaul of dietary guidelines. The report, titled Eat Fat, Cut The Carbs and Avoid Snacking To Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, was published by the Public Health Collaboration and the National Obesity Foundation, two UK based […]

Health Star Rating labels – Expert Reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 16th, 2016.

The Government has this week launched the public awareness campaign for the new Health Star Rating front-of-pack labelling, aiming to help consumers make healthier choices. The labels have been quietly appearing on a range of packaged food products over the last year; around 1,000 products with Health Star Ratings are now on supermarket shelves. The […]

IARC review on red & processed meat – In the News

John Kerr posted in on October 28th, 2015.

The release of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)’s review of meat and cancer risk has  dominated the news media. The World Health Organization agency evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat and announced their findings this week. The Working Group of 22 experts determined the consumption of […]

Ultra-processed foods prevalent & unhealthy – research

John Kerr posted in on July 30th, 2015.

The most processed packaged foods are also the least healthy, according to new research examining hundreds of products sold in New Zealand supermarkets. The authors of the study, published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, found that the large majority (83 per cent) of packaged products available fell into the category of  ‘ultra-processed.’ These products […]

Food taxes and subsidies change diets, save lives – study

John Kerr posted in on July 9th, 2015.

Health-related food taxes and subsidies could improve diets and reduce deaths from diet related disease in New Zealand, according to a new study. In a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers estimated the effects of five different tax and subsidy scenarios using data on food expenses and health and showed that, for […]

Too much food driving obesity epidemic

John Kerr posted in on July 1st, 2015.

Too much energy-dense food is driving the obesity epidemic in high income countries like New Zealand, say the authors of a new global study. In a study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, lead author Dr Stefanie Vandevijvere from the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland analysed increases in the […]

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