16 ways to tackle obesity — and a booze tax is top of the list

A new tax on alcohol which could see the cost of cask wine rise by more than 100 per cent would be the most cost-effective way for the Australian Government to address the nation's growing obesity crisis, a team of health economists at Deakin University in Melbourne concludes.

Our obsession with fats and carbs means we’re looking at nutrition all wrong

We have taken a wrong turn in the way that we think about nutrition. We are too obsessed with identifying an individual culprit — a specific nutrient that causes a particular health problem, like obesity — and not looking at the bigger picture, write David Raubenheimer and Stephen Simpson.