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Obesity campaigns 'waste of cash'

•Kate Hagan • August 1, 2011 • The Age

  

AN OBESE person's body is programmed to regain any weight that is lost and authorities are wasting money on campaigns urging people to exercise and eat healthy food, an obesity expert says.

  

Joseph Proietto said the high failure rate of weight-loss programs could be explained by growing evidence that obesity was ''physiologically defended''.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/obesity-campaigns-waste-of-cash-20110731-1i6e0.html#ixzz1WUKKQB6m

  

Why is treating obesity so difficult? Justification for the role of

bariatric surgery

  

•Joseph Proietto • MJA 2011; 195 (3): 144-146

The prevalence of obesity is rising in many countries.1,2 On the surface, it would seem entirely reasonable to adopt public health measures to combat a disorder that is widespread and of high prevalence. This approach has succeeded in controlling epidemics of infectious diseases and in reducing the incidence of smoking. Why then is obesity proving so much more difficult to control? This question cannot be answered without first understanding the regulation of body weight and the aetiology of obesity.

Read More:http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/195_03_010811/pro11117_fm.html

  

  

Tastebuds could hold key to obesity battle

•Samantha Donovan •Updated August 13, 2011 13:49:36 • ABC News

Australian researchers are optimistic that a newly discovered link between a person's ability to taste fat and their weight might help in the battle against obesity.

Read Full Article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-13/tastebuds-could-hold-key-to-obesity-battle/2837988

  

http://www.smh.com.au/national/obesity-ads-urge-a-swap-for-health-20110312-1bs1x.html

  

  

Obesity heart risk theory goes pear-shaped

•Kate Kelland •March 11, 2011 • The Age

New research is challenging previous medical notions that "apple-shaped" people with more fat around their waist are at higher risk of heart attacks and strokes than "pear-shaped" people with fatter bottoms and hips.

A study of 220,000 people published Friday confirmed that being obese - having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more - is a major risk factor for heart disease, but found the distribution of fat on the body has no impact on that risk.

Read Full Article: http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/wellbeing/obesity-heart-risk-theory-goes-pearshaped-20110311-1bqjv.html  

 

  

Obesity ads urge a swap for health

•Sydney Morning Herald •EXCLUSIVE Jessica Wright •March 13, 2011

SMALL lifestyle changes, rather than the traditional tough calls to stop eating certain foods, are the focus of a new approach to targeting obesity.

The $41 million federal health campaign - ''Swap it don't stop it'' - will promote the idea that Australians should make easy and healthier daily choices with their health.

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Midlife obesity linked to dementia

•Sydney Morning Herald •Mark Metherell HEALTH CORRESPONDENT • March 5, 2011

  

MORE than 1000 Australians every week are diagnosed with dementia and for many the cause is not merely genetic bad luck but a result of being overweight in middle age.

  

A new analysis of long-term studies of the relationship between dementia and bodyweight has found that people who have been overweight or obese have two to three times the risk of suffering dementia in old age a few years later.

Read Full Article: http://www.smh.com.au/national/midlife-obesity-linked-to-dementia-20110304-1bi1e.html

  

 

Parents key to ending childhood obesity

•Sydney Morning Herald •Isabel Hayes •March 29,2011

 
Educating parents on healthy eating could be more effective at reducing childhood obesity than physical activity, a new study has found.

Read Full Article: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/parents-key-to-ending-childhood-obesity-20110329-1cehc.html

  

  

Kids obesity falling but long way to go 

•Staff Writer  • From: The Daily Telegraph •March 28, 2011 12:00AM

  

A VICTORIAN study shows it's possible to turn the tide on childhood obesity in Australia, an expert says, although he admits there is a long way to go.

  

The number of obese and overweight children in the state is on the way down, according to the study from Deakin University. The study analysed Victorian maternal and child health service data on 225,430 children aged between two and three-and-a-half from 1999 to 2007.

It found that the rates of overweight and obesity dropped by 3.1 per cent for three-and-half-year-olds and 1.1 per cent for two-year-olds. Deakin obesity's Professor Boyd Swinburn says the university's results show that it is possible to turn the tide on obesity.

Read full article: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/kids-obesity-falling-but-long-way-to-go/story-fn6b3v4f-1226028867477

  

  

  

  

Spelling it out

•7 News •04 February 2011, 20:30 pm

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'Tsunami of obesity' worldwide

  

•World News Australia •04 February 2011, 11:28 am

A "tsunami of obesity" is unfurling across the world, resulting in a near-doubling of the numbers of dangerously overweight adults since 1980, doctors warned.

Read full article: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1478466/%27Tsunami-of-obesity%27-worldwide

  

  

New health group to target obesity, smoking

•ABC •January 8, 2011, 11:28 am 

Obesity, smoking and alcohol abuse will be among the top priorities of a new national body set up to help improve the health of Australians.

Read full article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/08/3108866.htm

  

   

Sobering look at teenage obesity 

•Rebekah Devlin •From: The Courier-Mail •January 05, 2011 2:14PM 

IT'S easy to pass judgment on fat people. They're lazy; they've got no one to blame but themselves; if they truly want to lose weight, they should just stop shovelling food into their mouths.

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/tv/sobering-look-at-teenage-obesity/story-e6freqj6-1225982486367

  

  

Doctors call for ads that sicken to fight obesity 

•Jill Stark and Sarah Whyte •January 2, 2011

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http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/wellbeing/doctors-call-for-ads-that-sicken-to-fight-obesity-20110101-19cix.html

  

 

New health group to target obesity, smoking

•ABC •January 8, 2011, 11:28 am 

Obesity, smoking and alcohol abuse will be among the top priorities of a new national body set up to help improve the health of Australians.

Read full article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/08/3108866.htm

  

   

Sobering look at teenage obesity 

•Rebekah Devlin •From: The Courier-Mail •January 05, 2011 2:14PM 

IT'S easy to pass judgment on fat people. They're lazy; they've got no one to blame but themselves; if they truly want to lose weight, they should just stop shovelling food into their mouths.

Read full article:

http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/tv/sobering-look-at-teenage-obesity/story-e6freqj6-1225982486367

  

  

Doctors call for ads that sicken to fight obesity 

•Jill Stark and Sarah Whyte •January 2, 2011

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http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/wellbeing/doctors-call-for-ads-that-sicken-to-fight-obesity-20110101-19cix.html

  

  

Obesity threatens ACT's high life expectancy

•ABC •December 24, 2010, 8:42 am  •ABC TV News - file image ©Canberra's higher than average life expectancy is under threat if obesity levels continue to rise, according to the ACT Health Council.

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http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/australian-news/8560817/obesity-threatens-acts-high life-expectancy/  

  

  

Fat a big factor in early death 

•From: Herald Sun •December 20, 2010 10:26AM 

DOCTORS and public health officials have admonished us for years that it's unhealthy to carry around extra kilos

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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/fat-a-big-factor-in-early-death/story-fn6ja7bc-1225973762653

  

  

  

  

Chocolate maker buys weight-loss firm

•Danny Rose, •AAP Medical Writer, •AAP December 14, 2010, 4:36 pm 

Nestle, the company behind Smarties, Chokito and Fantales, has announced it will soon engulf the weight-loss organisation Jenny Craig.

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http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/8510254/chocolate-maker-buys-weightloss-firm/

 

  

One in three Australians will be obese by 2025

•AAP •From: Herald Sun •December 08, 2010 12:00AM

JUST one in three Australians will tip the scales at a healthy weight 15 years from now, according to latest forecasts of the nation's rising rate of obesity and overweight.

Read full article:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/one-in-three-australians-will-be-obese-by-2025/story-e6frf7l6-1225967231026  

  

  

US panel approves first obesity drug in a decade 

•The Age •December 8, 2010 

An advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday gave its approval to an anti-obesity drug, in what could be the first new approved drug for losing weight in more than a decade.

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ttp://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-world/us-panel-approves-first-obesity-drug-in-a-decade-20101208-18oya.html

http://www.nature.com/news/2010/101214/full/468878a.html

  

  

Obese mums grow undeliverable bubs 

•Hannah Davies •From: The Courier-Mail •November 29, 2010 10:16PM 

DOCTORS are being trained in how to deliver super-sized babies as Queensland's obesity epidemic worsens.

Read full article:

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/obese-mums-grow-undeliverable-bubs/story-fn6ck2c6-1225962987805

  

  

Australians turning to the knife for weight loss

•By Stephanie Smail •Updated Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:56am AEDT

A new survey shows the number of Australians using surgery to lose weight has increased tenfold in the past 10 years.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/19/3070734.htm

   

  

  

 Jamie Oliver fights Australian obesity

 •From: The Age •November 9, 2010

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http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/wellbeing/jamie-oliver-fights-australian-obesity-20101109-17lf7.html

  

  

  

  

Forcing fast food chains to join the fight against obesity

•By John Thompson •Updated Mon Nov 8, 2010 2:55pm AEDT 

 

Fast food companies have agreed to provide kilojoule information. (www.flickr.com: Xurble)

•Video: Fast food labelling law introduced (7pm TV News NSW) 

The New South Wales Government is getting tough on the obesity epidemic, forcing fast food outlets to label the kilojoule content of their foods. 

  

Read full article:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/08/3060281.htm

  

  

  

New law is first step in fighting obesity 

•Danielle Mcgrane •November 7, 2010

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally says forcing fast food restaurants in NSW to display kilojoule counts on their menus was just the first step in a national campaign against obesity.

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http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/new-law-is-first-step-in-fighting-obesity-20101107-17ify.html

  

  

Obesity bigger health risk than smoking in Queensland 

•From: The Courier-Mail  •July 19, 2010 12:00AM 

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http://www.news.com.au/features/obesity-bigger-health-risk-than-smoking-in-queensland/story-e6frfl49-1225893706741#ixzz1AnAk31lD

  

  

Fat serve of shame - health ads stigmatise obesity 

•By Holly Ife •From: The Daily Telegraph •July 17, 2010 12:00AM 

OVERWEIGHT people feel stigmatised by public health campaigns which do little to help them lose weight, research shows.

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http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/fat-serve-of-shame-health-ads-stigmatise-obesity/story-e6frf00i-1225892982395

  

  

Obese mothers 'risking health of babies' 

•By Sue Dunlevy  •From: The Daily Telegrah  •July 12, 2010 3:17AM 

ALMOST one in four Australian women are obese when they become pregnant, with alarming new evidence showing they are putting their babies' health at risk.

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/obese-mothers-risking-health-of-babies/story-e6frg6o6-1225890529801

  

  

Size matters at birth 

•Sue Dunlevy •rom: Herald Sun •July 12, 2010 12:00AM 

ALMOST one in four women are obese when they become pregnant and alarming new evidence shows their babies' health is at risk.

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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/size-matters-at-birth/story-e6frf7l6-1225890492393

  

  

IBM researchers get their thinking caps on to tackle child obesity

•  The Australian •May 11, 2010 12:00AM

COUNTING calories may not seem like a typical field of study for scientists at IBM's Almaden Research Centre in San Jose, which is better known for its pioneering work with disk drives and relational databases.

Read full article:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/ibm-researchers-get-their-thinking-caps-on-to-tackle-child-obesity/story-e6frgakx-1225864737242

  

  

The war on obesity is widening

•Danny Rose •From: The Courier-Mail •April 04, 2010 4:08PM

AN obesity intervention wish list has been released, calling for a ban on all junk food advertising as well as new taxes and a cap on the number of fast food restaurants.

Read full article:

http://www.couriermail.com.au/lifestyle/the-war-on-obesity-is-widening/story-e6frer4f-1225849538704  

  

 

  

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