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.
Girls and boys as young as eight are more unhappy with their body image and weight when they have higher levels of hormones linked to the onset of puberty, researchers say.
It's no secret more Australians are obese than in generations past, and with our expanding waistlines has come an increase in interventions to try and control that weight. But these interventions are not being taken up equally between men and women.
Health warnings similar to those used on cigarette packets could be an effective way of helping people make healthier food choices, a study finds.
The "common perception" that pregnancy causes long-term weight gain is challenged by a new study, which points to unemployment and depression as key influences on weight.
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.
Twenty-eight countries have a sugar tax but powerful interests are standing between Australia and a healthier future in the face of an obesity epidemic, public health advocates say.
In the fight against obesity, Singapore is using fat camps to single out young children who are overweight, telling them what to eat and placing them on a strict exercise routine — but experts doubt the approach would work in Australia.
Women who are overweight or obese and planning to get pregnant should be encouraged to reduce their weight, experts say, as new research shows an increasing proportion of poor health outcomes for mothers and their children are linked to excessive weight during pregnancy.
It beggars belief that a government won't consider a sugar tax despite the evidence and popular support. But take a closer look and the reason becomes clear, writes Emma Alberici.