Topic archives: obesity

Can a citizen’s jury transform obesity policy?

August 17, 2015 1

A recent announcement that VicHealth will run a citizen’s jury to look at solutions to obesity was not met with support from all in the health setting. Criticisms include questions around the influence of the final report. In this post Jerril Rechter, CEO of Vic Health explains that with rising rates of overweight and obesity, […]

A year on, Australia’s health star food-rating system is showing cracks

A year on, Australia’s health star food-rating system is showing cracks

July 14, 2015

Mark Lawrence and Christina Pollard write: The government has started the second phase of its awareness campaign for Australia’s year-old health star food-rating system. The A$2.1 million campaign is aimed at educating grocery buyers about how to shop for healthy food and encouraging the food industry to adopt […]

“We need to spend more on preventive health.” So let’s slash it….

“We need to spend more on preventive health.” So let’s slash it….

June 23, 2015

One of the “overarching concerns” raised by those who contributed suggestions to the Reform of the Federation Discussion Paper was “that there is insufficient funding directed to preventive health”. Meanwhile, a major obesity prevention initiative is about to get the chop. The Collaboration of Community-based Obesity Prevention Sites (CO-OPS Collaboration) – whose funding stops on […]

Exercise for older Australians: Could outdoor gyms be the answer?

February 16, 2015

Many thanks to Dr Melissa Stoneham and the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia for this latest instalment of Journal Watch. Dr Stoneham writes: My mum is a healthy 82 year old. She has eaten well all her life, had regular check-ups with her medical practitioners and although she wasn’t regularly active, rearing seven kids […]

The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

November 3, 2014 1

                    By Kellie Bisset Ebola evidence goes Missing in Action Ebola continued to dominate health headlines this past fortnight as Western media outlets turned their attention from the disease toll to the appropriate emergency response and the political ramifications of quarantine at home. A key theme […]

Sizing up your friends – the stigma of obesity

August 16, 2014 1

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 […]

The Health Wrap: Ebola and inequity; policy power and passion; our bodies as Temples of Doom?

August 8, 2014

                 By Kellie Bisset Ebola: a study in disadvantage More than 900 people have died in the West African Ebola epidemic from a total of just over 1700 suspected cases. Apart from awakening our latent fears of rampant infectious disease, what else does this outbreak tell us? Well, […]

More than a health issue: addressing the social determinants of obesity

More than a health issue: addressing the social determinants of obesity

August 8, 2014

Lareen Newman and Michele Herriot write: Almost two-thirds of Australian adults and one in four children are overweight or obese. Excess weight is responsible for 7,200 deaths each year in Australia, as well one in five heart attacks, half of diabetes, and other problems such as reproductive complications and back pain. Economically, obesity costs Australia A$38 billion a year, through more […]

The Health Wrap: tackling childrens’ health, food and alcohol industry dramas, and society’s obsession with dieting

The Health Wrap: tackling childrens’ health, food and alcohol industry dramas, and society’s obsession with dieting

March 10, 2014

  Melissa Davey Once you’re done with the Health Wrap, be sure to check out this Croakey round-up of health news to make you smile.   What about the children? Regulation of alcohol advertising is failing to properly protect children and adolescents, and in some cases is enabling their exposure to alcohol advertising, according to […]

Your relationship with scales…..

Your relationship with scales…..

March 5, 2014 1

Those of us who have more than once decided to watch our weight, know that the bathroom scales can be both friend and foe. Consequently advice on how often those who are dieting should check their weight varies.  In this PHAIWA JournalWatch, Dr Melissa Stoneham explores a recent study on the impact of watching the […]

The Health Wrap: The latest cancer statistics, alcohol law reforms and challenges to the obesity battle

February 7, 2014

By Melissa Davey Welcome back to the fortnightly Health Wrap, and the first for 2014.  We hope your start to the year has been a healthy one. There have been some hot health topics in the headlines for the past couple of weeks, and they have particularly focussed on alcohol and cancer. World Cancer Day […]

The Health Wrap: an evidence-based Christmas, wins in Indigenous health, and a HIV health scare in Sydney

December 13, 2013

We’re all familiar with the chocolate-filled advent calendars that crop up in shops this time of year, but perhaps a healthier choice might be the UK Cochrane Centre’s evidence-based advent calendar. The third day of Christmas, for example, features cranberries; ‘Evidence from 24 studies with almost 4500 people suggests that cranberry products don’t offer any […]

The Health Wrap: Booze battles, drug dilemmas, rethinking service delivery in Indigenous health

November 29, 2013

By Kellie Bisset   Battling the booze As the fallout from Schoolies week hit many families across the nation, the debate turned once again to alcohol use by young people and how we might best be able to prevent harm. Professor John Toumbourou from Deakin University argued the case for price increases and discussed the […]

Why we need to avoid peddling Coke

November 20, 2013 12

Todd Harper, CEO of Cancer Council Victoria writes: Almost 15,000 people recently took part in the annual Around the Bay ride in Melbourne. It was my eighth time participating in the event and I am always amazed by the large numbers of people of all ages and background who participate. Bike-riding and a healthy free-wheeling […]

As Mexico raises the bar in public health policy, Australia contemplates an ever-expanding waistline

As Mexico raises the bar in public health policy, Australia contemplates an ever-expanding waistline

November 4, 2013 2

In the US, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging city councils, state legislatures and Congress to consider taxing soft drinks, in the wake of Mexico’s landmark new “soda” tax. San Francisco is reportedly heading in this direction (depending on the outcome of a ballot this month), proposing that a tax on […]

The Health Wrap: Putting social determinants front and centre, the darker side of Halloween, and all things public health

November 1, 2013

  By Kellie Bisset  Putting the social determinants of health front and centre The impact of social disadvantage on healthcare and other important ‘downstream’ factors was a focus of the past fortnight as Australia marked Anti Poverty Week. This piece on Croakey from Marie McInerney pulls together the findings from Anti Poverty Week research reports […]

Public health experts call for reform of “broken” Senate electoral system

Public health experts call for reform of “broken” Senate electoral system

September 25, 2013

In her final report from the Public Health Association of Australia’s recent annual conference, Marie McInerney highlights some of the challenges ahead for the public health sector. Reform of Australia’s ‘broken’ Senate electoral system will be a priority for public health advocates over the next two years – alongside ongoing commitments to address obesity, alcohol harm […]

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

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

September 18, 2013

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 […]

How to work with the new government: some practical advice from former Health Minister Nicola Roxon

How to work with the new government: some practical advice from former Health Minister Nicola Roxon

September 18, 2013

Former Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon was guest speaker at the Public Health Association of Australia conference dinner in Melbourne last night, and had plenty of practical advice for public health advocates. As Marie McInerney reports below, the former Minister believes “there are opportunities with any new government”, and advised developing relationships with as many […]

The Health Wrap: Finally (some) health policies get an airing plus, female Indigenous voices, changing doctors’ ways

August 23, 2013

    By Melissa Davey   Finally, (some) health policies get an airing We’ve been hearing about boats, budgets and abolishing the carbon tax as the major parties ramp up their election campaigns, but it wasn’t until this week we heard a more detailed account from the Coalition about where they will focus their health […]