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Long-term study finds Australian adults increasingly at risk of diabetes and obesity

By medical reporter Sophie Scott and Gillian Bennett • ABC News • Updated Mon 19 Aug 2013, 4:36pm AEST

One of the most comprehensive studies tracking the health of Australians has released findings that paint a disturbing picture of the nation's battle with diabetes and obesity.

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Eating junk food while pregnant may damage child's mental health

•Brigid O'Connell • Herald Sun • August 21, 2013 12:14AM

Deakin University researchers, working with Norwegian collaborators, say there is a clear relationship between a pregnant mother's diet and her child's mental health.

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Surgery on the rise as we battle our 'Stone Age' genes

•Kate O'Toole & Briony Kidd • April 13, 2012 • ABC 

We're fatter than we think we are... but it's not all our fault. Weight-loss surgery is one approach to a problem that's still misunderstood.

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Health experts chew fat over obesity epidemic

Lisa Mosley •  April 12, 2012 11:33:17 • ABC News

Health experts chew fat on obesity epidemic Photo: There has been a 300 per cent increase in the number of people resorting to obesity surgery since 2005. (ABC TV News, file)

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 25 per cent of Australian adults are obese.

Associate Professor Wendy Brown, from the Monash University School of Public Health, says there has been a 300 per cent increase in the number of people resorting to obesity surgery since 2005.

  

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Surgery for weight loss triples in five years

Health Reporter Jordanna Schriever • April 11, 2012 11:00PM • The Advertiser

MORE than 15,000 dangerously obese Australians and New Zealanders are having weight loss surgery each year, compared with just 5000 in 2007. 

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The Fat Gene

Reporter: Liam Bartlett • Thursday, April 5, 2012 • 60 Minutes

Producer: Howard Sacre

 
It's the curse of every dieter. Shed a few kilos. Then pile them all back on again. 

LIAM BARTLETT: In fact, the body has a genetic mind all of its own. The Melbourne University team, led by Professor Joe Proietto, has discovered that our bodies gravitate to a predetermined weight. And it’s written in our DNA.

  

JOE: There is a set point – which is probably genetically determined – that is defended by the brain. So you can make a decision with the conscious part of your brain that you don’t want to be that weight, but your subconscious has other ideas. It’s following its program, which says you need to be a certain weight.

  

LIAM BARTLETT: So they got all that advice and that guidance and they just what? Couldn’t help themselves.

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Losing battle: the science of shedding weight - and putting it all back on again

Tara Parker-Pope February • 04, 2012 12:00AM  •  The Australian

For 15 years, Joseph Proietto has been helping people lose weight. When these obese patients arrive at his weight-loss clinic in Melbourne they are determined to slim down. And most of the time, he says, they do just that. 

  

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