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Topic: nutrition

On #QldVotes and a shrinking public health sector

The World Health Organization has urged nations to strengthen the capacity of their public health workforces, as one of a raft of recommendations aimed at reducing the toll of noncommunicable diseases. However, the recommendation, in the WHO’s latest report on noncommunicable diseases, must sound rather hollow for those who have followed the shrinkage of the […]

Sizing up your friends – the stigma of obesity

This month’s Journal Watch reminds us of one of the perils of the teenage years, social exclusion, and discusses the impact of weight on developing friendships. Dr Melissa Stoneham writes: Being a teenager, or screenager as we now call them, can be tough. I reflect positively on most of my teenage years and fondly remember […]

Shifting Gears: Promoting Active Living and Healthy Diets in Queensland Truck Drivers

Nutrition seems to be in focus at the moment. One group who are particularly over exposed to poor eating choices are the truck drivers we depend upon to keep the nation moving. Thanks to Dr Nicholas Gilson for providing this overview of a new study taking an occupational health approach to tackling health risks to […]

Marketing of milks for infants and young children: Effective regulation is urgent

Many thanks to Libby Salmon BVSc, MVCS, Visiting Fellow, ACERH ANU, Julie Smith, PhD. B. Econs (Hons)/B.A and Joy Heads OAM, Midwife, MHPEd, IBCLC®, FILCA for this contribution to the discussion on infant nutrition.   Australia may be at the forefront of tobacco control worldwide, but has dropped the ball in relation to global efforts to protect breastfeeding from […]

Meat vs veg: how does a vegetarian diet stack up?

Surinder Baines writes: Ethical and environmental considerations are often the prompt for adopting a meat-free diet. But better health may also push some towards vegetarianism, with a new study showing vegetarians have a lower risk of premature death than their meat-eating counterparts. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study of more than 70,000 Seventh-day Adventists placed the participants into […]

Prescription for healthy food in remote Indigenous communities

Carley Tonoli writes: Doctors should be able to provide subsidised “prescriptions” for healthy food to people in remote Aboriginal communities, says an Indigenous nutrition expert. Professor Kerin O’Dea, Professor of Nutrition and Public Health in the Health Sciences Division of the University of South Australia, made the call after a study she co-authored found that […]

Mourning the demise of public health nutrition in Queensland

Queensland will lose most of its health promotion and public health nutrition positions as part of the recent budget cuts, which were described in a recent Croakey article as “the greatest dismantling of public and preventative health services in recent Australian history”. In the heartfelt article below, Dympna Leonard, who has worked in public health […]

A wrap of the latest food/health news from around the world

Herewith a wrap of recent food policy and research news… Calorie counting fast food menus coming soon in the US From next year, anyone walking into a McDonald’s, Starbucks or other big restaurant chain in the US will know how many calories they’re ordering, according to this New York Times report. It says the requirement […]

Michael Bloomberg: the crusader for public health?

As recently reported on Croakey, a New York City initiative to tackle salty foods has drawn admiration and longing from some public health campaigners in Australia. Now our North American correspondent, Dr Lesley Russell, reports that the NYC Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is gaining something of a reputation as a public health crusader. She writes:

Is what you eat changing your brain? Food for thought, and other NY resolutions

At the risk of being predictable – well it is the time for New Year’s resolutions, and for some unsurprising reason these often involve what goes in our mouths – I’ve gathered a few tasty morsels below that may tempt those with an interest in food and health (as well as good reading).