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28 Sept 2011 - New Scientist - Obesity expert: Sugar is toxic and should be regulated

It might taste good, but sugar is addictive and fuelling the obesity epidemic, says Robert Lustig


25 Sept 2011 - BBC Radio 4 - The Food Programme: Food ads and children

Sheila Dillon explores the issue of advertising junk food to children, and how companies have changed their marketing since the banning of the showing of food advertisements during children's television programmes four years ago.


23 Sept 2011 - The Conversation - Poor diet linked to teen mental health problems

Adolescents who eat unhealthily are more likely to develop mental health problems than those with good diets, a new study has found


12 Sept 2011 - BBC Radio 4 - The Food Programme: Food Poverty

In this edition of The Food Programme, Simon Parkes discusses 'food poverty' and looks at food banks and asks if this is the only way.


10 Sept 2011 - The Independent - Dying for a burger? Why are trans fats still legal in the UK?

The trans fats in junk food are responsible for the deaths of around 7,000 people a year in the UK - and teenagers are most at risk. Elsewhere, these toxic substances are banned. So why are they still legal in this country?



6 Sep 2011 - Medscape - Salt and Inactivity: A Recipe for Cognitive Decline?

In a study of more than 1200 older adults with normal cognitive function at the outset, researchers found that a high intake of sodium combined with low levels of physical activity was associated with a decline in global cognitive function over 3 years.


5 Sept 2011 - NatureNews - Mental disorders affect more than a third of Europeans

Treatment of those afflicted is 'unusually deficient'.



30 Aug 2011 - Nutraingredients - Probiotics may reduce anxiety and depression, suggests study

Probiotic bacteria may have the potential to alter brain neurochemistry, affecting anxiety and depression-related disorders, says new research.



23 Aug 2011 - BBC Radio 4 - The First 1000 Days - A Legacy For Life - Part 2: Infancy

Presented by Dr Mark Porter (Produced by Erika Wright)



21 July 2011 - BBC News - Teens 'not getting enough fruit and vegetables'

Just one in 13 teenage girls is getting their recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, official government data shows.


2 Aug 2011 - Wall Street Journal - Progress, Not Perfection, on Reducing Kids' Exposure to Ads for Unhealthful Foods

Researchers crunched TV ratings data and found that exposure to ads for less healthful foods and drinks fell 38% for kids aged 2 to 5 and 28% for kids 6 to 11 between 2003 and 2009.


25 July 2011 - BBC Radio 4 - The Food Programme: School Food

Sheila Dillon follows two schools as they attempt to transform the way their pupils eat.