Government action is needed to regulate the "extremely dangerous" marketing of junk food, alcohol and tobacco — the "holy trinity of public health".
That's the call from marketing expert Professor Gerard Hastings, speaking at the Cancer Society Auckland Northland's symposium for Cancer Research Week on Monday.
Around 8000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with potentially preventable cancer each year caused by these "big three" risk factors, the Cancer Society says. Read more at the link below.
Study shows TV junk food ban a cost-effective way to address childhood obesity
Banning junk food advertising to children on TV could cut health care costs and reduce childhood obesity, according to a new economic analysis from Australian researchers.
The Deakin University study looked at the cost effectiveness of restricting TV advertising of food high in fat, salt and sugar until 9.30pm, outside of children's peak viewing hours.
They found that not only would the move be value for money, it would also have the greatest benefit for children from Australia’s most socioeconomically disadvantaged groups.
Lead author Victoria Brown, a research fellow at Deakin Health Economics, will present the research at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna this week.
Dr Brown said restricting TV advertising to kids would cost an estimated $6 million to pass the legislation and pay for administration and compliance, but is likely to reduce the average child's body weight by 0.7kg.
"We calculated that these changes would see the average child, aged five to 15, consume 805 kJ less per week," she said.
"Our economic modelling showed that this would save more than $780 million in healthcare costs over the lifetime of these children, due to the prevention of obesity-related diseases."
Sugary drinks linked to 13 types of cancer, says Australian cancer council
Ditch sugary drinks and slash the risk of developing 13 types of cancer.
That's the message from the Cancer Council Victoria in Australia, which launched a new awareness campaign today in a bid to highlight the link between obesity and the devastating disease.
A third of Victorians admit drinking more than a litre of sugary drink a week, experts say, which could lead to the build up of dangerous toxic fat around internal organs.
Almost 4000 cancer cases in Australia in 2010 were linked to unhealthy weight, while figures show children in Victoria are the most overweight and obese in the country.
Chef claims radical diet helped him beat brain cancer
A UK chef says a high-fat, low-carb diet helped him beat brain cancer after being diagnosed three years ago.
The Telegraph reports 35-year-old John Lawson was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015. The chef, a former protégé of Gordon Ramsey, was running his own Melbourne restaraunt at the time, reportedly serving over 200 diners a night.
But it was eating food that he turned to when the tumour took him out of the professional kitchen.
Lawson told the Daily Mail this week that after undergoing dramatic surgery, a radical overhaul of his diet was the key in his recovery. He now follows the 'ketogenic' diet - which includes almost no carbohydrates coupled with a high level of fat. Read more....https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2018/10/chef-claims-radical-diet-helped-him-beat-brain-cancer.html