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30 Apr 2013 - BBC Radio 4 - Constant Cravings: Does Food Addiction Exist?

Could obesity, in some cases, result from an addiction, and if so, do we need to change the way we treat it?


25 March 2013 - FoodNavigator - 'Mindless eating' in Britain spells opportunity for industry, says National Obesity Forum

Research that suggests Britons consume 43% more than they should each year spells opportunity for dietetic products, the National Obesity Forum Chair says


20 March 2013 - The Guardian - Sugar, not fat, exposed as deadly villain in obesity epidemic

It's addictive and toxic, like a drug, and we need to wean ourselves off it, says US doctor


18 March 2013 - The Guardian - Students: just say no to sugar

Forget illegal drugs, students are overdosing on sugar. Little do they know that binging on sweet food is a serious form of substance abuse


16 March 2013 - NY Times - How to Force Ethics On the Food Industry

A COURT has struck down, at least for now, New York City’s attempt to slow the growth of obesity by limiting the portion size of sweetened beverages.



1 March 2013 - World Public Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA) - Global health and Food processing: a new classification

Food processing is now the main shaping force of the global food system, and the main determinant of the nature of diets and related states of health and well-being.



28 Feb 2013 - UCSF - Sugar Directly Linked to Diabetes Worldwide

Does eating too much sugar cause diabetes? For years, scientists have said “not exactly.” The prevailing theory suggests that eating too much of any food, including sugar, can cause you to gain weight; and it’s the resulting obesity that predisposes people to diabetes. But now the results of a large new epidemiological study suggest sugar may also have a direct, independent link to diabetes.


23 February 2013 - MedicalXpress - Modified Atkins diet helps children with rare form of epilepsy

Doose syndrome or myoclonic-astatic epilepsy is a rare syndrome accounting for one to two percent of childhood epilepsies. A ketogenic diet, which is low in carbohydrates and high in fat, is an effective treatment, but it is very restrictive and difficult to follow.


18 Feb 2013 - The Guardian - Obesity crisis: doctors demand soft drink tax and healthier hospital food

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges puts forward 10-point action plan to help end UK's status as 'fat man of Europe'


17 Feb 2013 - BBC News - Tax fizzy drinks and ban junk food ads, say doctors

Fizzy drinks should be heavily taxed and junk food adverts banished until after the watershed, doctors have said, in a call for action over obesity.




6 Feb 2013 - BBC News - Study finds obesity can 'lead to lack of vitamin D'

Obesity can lower vitamin D levels in the body, a study suggests.


5 Feb 2013 - The Telegraph - Celebrity chefs unite to fight obesity and malnutrition

Britain’s children are in the midst of a major nutritional crisis. Celebrity chefs, executives from the top British food brands, and Olympians have united to demand action from the Government.


5 Feb 2013 - ScienceDaily - Vitamin D, Omega-3 May Help Clear Amyloid Plaques Found in Alzheimer's

A team of academic researchers has pinpointed how vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids may enhance the immune system's ability to clear the brain of amyloid plaques, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease.


29 Jan 2013 - The Guardian - Tax sugary drinks to boost child health, says report

Budget should raise £1bn a year to pay for free school meals and encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables, urges charity



27 Jan 2013 - Don't worry - eat: Study shows fruits and veggies make you happy

New Zealand study published in the British Journal of Psychology reports eating certain foods could elevate your mood. Study found that participants were happier, calmer and had greater energy on days they ate fruits and veggies.