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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 […]

Dietary fats and heart disease in New Zealand- experts respond

John Kerr posted in on July 31st, 2013.

Switching ‘bad’ fats for ‘good’ fats in the typical Kiwi diet would have a substantial impact on heart disease in New Zealand, according to a new analysis. The question is, how can we make the change happen? In a new study, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington analysed the data from several international studies […]

Food taxes and subsidies could improve health – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on December 12th, 2012.

Taxes on fizzy drinks and foods high in saturated fats and subsidies for fruit and vegetables could lead to better diets and improve overall population health, according to a study from New Zealand experts. Researchers from the University of Auckland and the University of Otago, Wellington conducted a comprehensive review of modelling studies investigating the association between food […]

Is sugar as toxic as alcohol?

John Kerr posted in on February 2nd, 2012.

In a ‘provocative’ commentary article, several scientists have called for sugar to be regulated as a harmful substance like alcohol and tobacco, prompting debate over individual liberty and the western diet. In the article, published in the leading science journal Nature,  international scientists argue that added sweeteners pose dangers to health that justify controlling them […]

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Controversy over ‘fat tax’

Amanda Johnson posted in on January 15th, 2009.

We are in the grips of an obesity epidemic here in New Zealand, with one in three adults now overweight and a further one in four obese (1). It is generally agreed that multiple strategies are needed to address the problem, but one area that has received much discussion in the media this month is […]

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