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Dentists launch war on sugar – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 9th, 2016.

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) has launched a new consensus statement on sugary drinks, calling for better information for the public about negative impacts of excess sugar. Launched today, the consensus statement highlights seven areas for action: An icon on drinks indicating the amount of sugar in teaspoons Independent monitoring of food marketing, with […]

Could vaping be a new weapon to battle obesity? – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 26th, 2016.

Electronic cigarettes with flavoured liquids could help with weight control, according to a commentary co-authored by New Zealand researchers. The commentary, published today in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, examined current scientific knowledge of the effect of vaping on weight control. The researchers – including two Massey University academics – said that while research was needed […]

Obese children at risk of serious illness – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 19th, 2016.

Researchers at the University of Auckland studying obese Kiwi kids have found early warning signs that the children are at risk of developing serious problems like type-2 diabetes, heart and liver disease. Over 200 Taranaki children and teenagers took part in a 12-month intervention programme involving home visits from a health professional. At the start […]

Call for tighter rules on advertising food to kids – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 9th, 2016.

Researchers at the University of Auckland say New Zealand should adopt stricter criteria to stop the advertising of unhealthy foods to children. Writing in the New Zealand Medical Journal, published today, the Auckland researchers compared three accepted nutrient profiling systems and found the World Health Organization Europe’s model was the most effective at protecting children […]

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 […]

Sunday feature on obesity and type 2 diabetes – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 15th, 2016.

TVNZ’s Sunday programme turned the floodlights on obesity this weekend, with a 15-minute segment on obesity and type 2 diabetes. Auckland-based endocrinologist Dr Brandon Orr-Walker told Sunday that the problem would only continue to escalate. “If it’s looking bad now, it’s going to look a whole lot worse soon. We’re going to have double the problem to deal […]

Obesity link significant find – Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 28th, 2016.

Writing in the Otago Daily Times, University of Otago Professors Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan discuss the significance of new researching finding the strongest genetic link with obesity to date. An excerpt (read in full here). Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan: Significant to have found gene with link to obesity If we want to solve the obesity […]

Gene linked to obesity – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 27th, 2016.

Research published this week has found one of the strongest genetic links to obesity, with carriers having a 35 per cent increased risk of developing obesity.  The US-based researchers found the genetic variant in Samoan populations, where they have been studying the high rate of obesity. About 45 per cent of the Samoan groups examined […]

Obesity-linked gene discovered in Samoa – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 26th, 2016.

Researchers studying obesity in Samoa have found a unique genetic variant that boosts fat storage and increases obesity risk in the islands’ population. The US-based researchers published their results in Nature Genetics today. They pinpointed a single genetic variant on chromosome 5 that, according to their estimates, is associated with about 35 per cent higher […]

Diabetes goes under the knife – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 25th, 2016.

New guidelines recommend surgical treatment for obese patients with type 2 diabetes, but researchers say New Zealand lacks the resources and capacity to offer surgery as a standard treatment. A joint statement by international diabetes organisations endorses gastric and bariatric surgery as a standard treatment option for type 2 diabetes for patients with very severe obesity […]

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