• A new way to measure obesity? The metabolome

    Open Forum     |      October 14, 2018

    An approach based around analysing the ‘metabolome’ – chemicals in the blood, including fatty acids, amino acids, sugars and vitamins – would be more useful in identifying those at risk of obesity-related disease than the Body Mass Index (BMI) currently used to measure obesity, according to UK and US scientists.

  • Being overweight in your 20s takes years off your life

    Open Forum     |      October 12, 2018

    Young adults classified as obese in Australia can expect to lose up to 10 years in life expectancy, according to a major new study.

  • Weight loss surgery seems to work

    Open Forum     |      October 11, 2018

    Obesity affects more than a quarter of Australian adults and has overtaken smoking as the leading cause of preventable deaths but a 20-year study by Monash University researchers shows that lap-band surgery helps obese people lose weight permanently.

  • Health star ratings: What’s on the labels of Australian drinks?

    Open Forum     |      September 23, 2018

    The Health Star Rating System is a useful tool to communicate health and nutrition messages to consumers but given the large part played by sugar laden drinks to Australia’s swelling waistlines, a new study looks at how well the HSR System is used on beverages.

  • Collective action required to save Aussie kids from obesity

    Open Forum     |      September 19, 2018

    Curbing obesity in Australia’s children is achievable and can be realised through a combination of smart governance, community initiatives, the support of individual efforts, and clinical leadership.

  • ACU leads the fight against sugary drinks

    Open Forum     |      September 12, 2018

    The Australian Catholic University has become the first Australian university to remove sugary drinks from all its vending machines and hopes the move will encourage other universities, schools and workplaces to follow suit.

  • It’s time for hidden sugars to be unmasked

    Open Forum     |      July 12, 2018

    Improved added sugar labelling across all packaged foods would help guide Australians to healthier food choices, according to The George Institute for Global Health.

  • Time for a tax on sugary drinks

    Open Forum     |      July 10, 2018

    It’s time for a tax on sugary drinks, according to Australian experts. Two-thirds of adults and one-quarter of Australian children are overweight or obese, and it’s time the price of sugary drinks more closely reflected the price Australians pay with their health.

  • Would graphic warnings on unhealthy food make you think again?

    Andrew Trounson     |      May 28, 2018

    A new study shows that health warnings on packaged foods can help us make healthier choices and argues that negative messaging can effectively drive the point home.

  • Why too much sugar is bad for your health

    Kieron Rooney     |      April 5, 2018

    Large amounts of sugar are hidden in our foods, causing weight gain and contributing to poor health and serious diseases. Half of us are eating too much sugar, here’s why you should cut down.

  • Supermarkets must start to tackle obesity

    Open Forum     |      March 10, 2018

    Australian supermarkets must take more responsibility for their role in driving Australia’s worsening rates of obesity, according to a new study ranking the nutrition policies of Australia’s biggest food chains.