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The rise of ultra-processed foods and why they’re really bad for our health

Phillip Baker, Deakin University; Mark Lawrence, Deakin University, and Priscila Machado, Deakin University Humans (and our ancestors) have been processing food for at least 1.8 million years. Roasting, drying, grinding and other techniques made food more nutritious, durable and tasty. This helped our ancestors to colonise diverse habitats, and then develop settlements and civilisations. Many [...]

By |2020-09-21T13:48:00+10:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Obesity, Science & Research, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Short exercise breaks during class improve concentration for senior students

David Lubans, University of Newcastle and Myrto Mavilidi, University of Newcastle Primary school teachers often provide students with short physical activity breaks to energise kids and minimise classroom disruptions. Our study, published in the journal Educational Psychology Review, found we should be doing this for senior students too. We found a short activity break can [...]

By |2020-09-07T17:49:02+10:00September 7th, 2020|Categories: Education, Nature Play, Obesity|0 Comments

Kids spend nearly three-quarters of their school day sitting. Here’s how to get them moving — during lessons

Natalie Lander, Deakin University and Jo Salmon, Deakin University Regular physical activity is linked to improvements in physical and mental health including anxiety and depression. It can also improve cognitive functioning such as attention and memory, and academic achievement in children. But only 14% of Australian children get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity [...]

By |2020-09-07T15:02:12+10:00September 7th, 2020|Categories: Education, Obesity|0 Comments

Getting teens to follow strict diets in the Fast Track trial is risky, but so is obesity itself

The Fast Track to Health study is a year-long dietary trial in adolescents with obesity. Since it started in Sydney and Melbourne at the end of 2018, it has been criticised for increasing the risk of eating disorders in people who may be especially vulnerable to these conditions. Sydney-based clinical psychologist Louise Adams started up [...]

Obesity Link to Depression and Anxiety in University of Newcastle Research

The rise in cases of obesity and mental illness has coincided, suggesting the two may be linked, a University of Newcastle researcher says. “There is substantial overlap between addictive eating with mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression,” Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics Tracy Burrows said. Dr Burrows said mental-health disorders including depression [...]

By |2018-06-07T19:40:40+10:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness, Obesity|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Experts Encourage Exercise to Protect Against Depression

What’s your one hour a week? The Black Dog Institute is challenging Australians to complete at least one hour of physical activity a week to help improve their physical and mental health as part of ‘Exercise Your Mood’ week, until May 6, 2018. The campaign follows a recent study led by the Black Dog Institute [...]

Dentists Plead to Reduce Children’s Sugar Intake

Dentists are pleading with parents to cut the amount of sugar in their children's lunch boxes, as figures show NSW is in the grips of a child tooth decay crisis. More than 100 children are having multiple rotting teeth extracted, filled and capped under general anaesthetic each week, the latest NSW hospitalisation data shows. Tooth [...]

By |2018-01-29T16:22:13+11:00January 29th, 2018|Categories: Obesity, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Tied to Obesity in Children

High blood pressure during pregnancy poses serious risks to mothers and babies. It may also increase the risk for childhood obesity, a new study reports. Chinese researchers studied 88,406 mother-child pairs, with complete data on maternal blood pressure during pregnancy and multiple follow-ups between ages 4 and 7 for the children. About 10 percent of [...]

By |2017-09-29T14:11:32+10:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Obesity, Society & Culture|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Disney Branded Non-Alcoholic Drinks Marketed to Children

A CONTROVERSIAL Disney branded product designed to look like champagne is still being marketed to children despite a company pledge to ban it. A RANGE of Disney branded non-alcoholic drinks that resemble champagne are being marketed in the UK and Europe despite the company pledging to ban such products from sale more than one year [...]

By |2017-09-25T10:09:10+10:00September 25th, 2017|Categories: Eating Disorders, Obesity, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Is a Low-Carb Diet Safe for Kids?

Low-carbohydrate eating plans continue to be popular. And while there is no official definition of a low-carb diet, most advise curbing or eliminating some or all grains, fruits, legumes and vegetables. Preteens and adolescents may be particularly interested in trying carbohydrate-restricting diets due to the promised weight loss. Or, maybe an older relative is following [...]

By |2017-09-04T15:23:37+10:00September 4th, 2017|Categories: Eating Disorders, Obesity|Tags: , |0 Comments
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