NEEDNT food list receives nationwide attention

The publication of a list of non-essential, energy-dense, nutritionally deficient (NEEDNT) foods, has received blanket media coverage across New Zealand, highlighting how important food and diet are to a public increasingly aware of the rising rates of obesity.

The list, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, was developed to aid medical practitioners working with obese patients to formulate a healthy diet plan.You can find out more about the NEEDNT food list and listen to a Science Media Center briefing here.

A University of Otago media release (including the full list) is available here.

The NEEDNT list was featured prominently in the news (front page on the Dominion Post, NZ Herald and Christchurch Press).

Examples of media coverage:

Otago Daily Times: Surprises found on list of ‘bad foods’

TVNZ News: Muesli on fat food blacklist

NZ Herald: Fat List: 49 foods to avoid (also in the Northern Advocate and BOP Times)

Dominion Post: Fruit juice, honey among no-nos, says dietitian (Also on and the Press)

New Zealand Doctor: Foods people NEEDNT eat identified by researchers

RadioLive: NEEDN’T food list – a tool against obesity

Newstalk ZB: List of 49 ‘non-essential’ foods published

NZ Herald: Food the key, says dad who lost 102kg

Radio New Zealand: New list of foods to avoid

3 News: Researchers identify useless diet foods