Weekly Wednesday 31 October 2018

Marketing of sugar, alcohol & tobacco:

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

28 May 2018
Child watching TV

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." 

Read more here.

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.


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John Lawson says a high-fat, low-carb diet was key to his recovery. Photo credit: Getty

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....

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  • See under Food and Nutrition, then News and All Articles - for a vast selection of websites on the dangers of sugars in the 20th Century diet !


    I abhor the use of the word diet, it is almost always misinterpreted as “weight loss”, but the dictionary definitions might clarify any confusion.  The misinterpretation of the meaning of the word diet, confusing the reasons for weight loss (for vanity) and the dangers of obesity leading to cancer, heart disease, diabetes and who knows what else our scientists will discover next ?  Most people omit the first noun and go straight to the second noun or the verb.


    1. The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats ie "a vegetarian diet".
    2. A special course of food to which a person restricts themselves, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.


    1. To restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.


    Personally I prefer the term eating plan.  If we are now clear on the meaning and use of the term you might read these websites with an open mind.


    The point of these scientific studies, initially, was to discover why (in the 20th century) cancer, heart disease and diabetes are so prevalent.  The discovery that being overweight can be a very high risk factor (to ALL the diseases above) then led to why are so many patients over weight, this led to the 20th century “diet” or what we ate being universally agreed upon was at the bottom of these diseases becoming epidemic.  This then led to the scientific community agreeing (eventually) that the “culprit” is definitely sugar not fat.


    When this information was discovered (by the sugar industry, in the late 1960’s) they then “fudged” the data to show that fats (such as dairy produce, eggs, fried foods, etc) were the culprit then lobbied for low fat foods.  The problem is that if you remove fats from most foods the flavour and “mouth feel” suffers, therefore to “balance out” that “taste and feel factor” sugar was added.  The industrial chemists who work for the sugar industry made everything taste good again “and the band played on”……………….


    These websites I have posted (WHO, Harvard, Heart foundation, Diabetes, etc) are ALL about the dangers of sugar, not fat.  They are 2 entirely different "eating plans".  The low or no sugar plans are ALL high in fats (good fats) and protein.  I believe this is where the confusion lies.  Sugar and fat (good fats) are not the same thing at all.  The crux of these websites is to educate "Joe Public" about the dangers of alcohol (it has no food value), fast food (ALL high in bad carbohydrates and sugars), highly processed foods (ALL high in bad carbohydrates and sugars) and to promote the healthy high protein and fats (good fats) with lots of good vegetables (as opposed to starchy sugary vegetables) and ALL high sugar products.

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