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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 […]

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 […]

Sugar, carbohydrates, exercise and obesity – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on April 23rd, 2015.

US and South African scientists question whether we can overcome an unhealthy diet through exercise alone. In an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the experts say they believe excess sugar and carbohydrates – not a lack of exercise – lie behind the surge in obesity. Our colleagues at the Australian and UK SMCs have […]

Kiwi diet pill claims – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 20th, 2015.

The company behind a new New Zealand weight loss product claim their latest clinical trial shows the pill works — but experts say more rigorous studies are needed to show it is actually effective. Satisfax, a blend of grape and kiwifruit extracts, was developed by Tuatara Natural Products as a weight loss aid which slows […]

Any diet works, if it’s one you can stick to

Laura Goodall posted in on September 4th, 2014.

A new study comparing the outcomes of popular diets, such as Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and the Atkins Diet among others, has not found any real difference in weight loss between them. The research, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, analysed the results of 48 clinical trials involving 7200 overweight and obese adults. […]

Are regular chocolate eaters really thinner?

John Kerr posted in on March 28th, 2012.

Recent research showing a link between moderate chocolate consumption and body mass index has received wide spread coverage in the news (see New Zealand examples here, here and here). But will eating chocolate actually lead to weight loss? The science isn’t that simple writes Justin Norrie, editor of the science news and analysis site The […]

Slower eating – worth the weight

John Kerr posted in on September 1st, 2011.

Eating slower be the key to losing weight, according to new Kiwi research. A recently published study from Otago University found that women who eat slower have a lower body mass index. The research, led by Dr Caroline Horwath, used a nationwide population survey to identify the link between eating speed and body mass. In […]

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Experts on increased use of bariatric surgery

Peter Griffin posted in on October 29th, 2010.

The Government has announced a $2 million increase in funding for bariatric surgery for morbidly obese New Zealanders. The extra funding will provide surgery for around 75 New Zealanders a year for the next four years. The surgery, sometimes colloquially referred to as ‘stomach stapling’, is a means of losing weight. This is achieved either […]

Experts warn of the dangers of detox diets

Peter Griffin posted in on January 4th, 2010.

After the over-indulgences of the festive season, many of us will resolve to get fit and healthy and to shed those excess kilos with the help of “detox diets”. But is it beneficial – or even necessary – to adopt this type of approach in order to get healthy in the New Year? And are […]

Controversy over TV3’s hit show Downsize Me

Peter Griffin posted in on November 18th, 2008.

TV3’s weight loss series, Downsize Me ended recently amid controversy over the accuracy of some of the nutritional information, and the approach taken by the presenters in promoting the weight loss. The New Zealand Dietetic Association, who recently met with presenter Damian Kristof to outline their concerns, currently have several complaints pending with the Broadcasting […]

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