Talking about what went wrong with school lunches and what to do about it

Some fun media with me….A public health professor believes New Zealand schools should run lunch programmes to reduce the consumption of processed and packaged food. Listen to the interview (4 min and fun – tight here): Schools encouraged to run lunch programmes to promote healthy eating

Why fitness is medicine, and you should learn about Fasting Mimicking Exercise (FME)

Dr Richard Babor, a cancer surgeon, and his new TV show “How not to get cancer” attracted loads of attention. There was some negative reaction because people felt they were being unfairly blamed for getting cancer, because poor lifestyle was pinned as a major cause of cancer. I doubt that was the intention of the show. In fact, Dr Babor clearly started in the intro that “it’s no one’s fault personally” and this is an important point. But it is a big public health issue. No one wants cancer, and we want… Read More

Here we go again – is a saturated fat tax back on the table?

The other day a new paper modelling a saturated fat tax came out in the journal PlosOne.[1] In order to improve the population’s diet, the World Health Organization has called for the taxation of foods that are high in SFA.  Oh no not this again! There are very strong socio-economic reasons why such a tax makes no sense, and would probably have the opposite effect of a sugar tax, but before we get to discussing that we’ll look at what the authors did, what they got right, and where they went wrong…. Read More

The UK Biobank Study; Meat and Cancer, Science Reporting and Invisible Women

By now you’ve seen these headlines. But what can we learn from the study behind them, and the way it was reported? The UK Biobank study was a prospective epidemiological study, using the following methods to look at several foods and their association with colorectal cancers: We used Cox-regression models to estimate adjusted hazard ratios for colorectal cancer by dietary factors in the UK Biobank study. Men and women aged 40–69 years at recruitment (2006–10) reported their diet on a short food-frequency questionnaire (n = 475 581). Dietary intakes were re-measured in a large sub-sample… Read More

Aseem Malhotra’s talk to the UK parliament

This is well worth the watch. Some NZ twists in here from our team and the battles going on (see the last post for more on the spoiler plays against low carb and diabetes reversal coming out of NZ that were mentioned by Aseem)

Jim Mann’s new study: are high fat diets really dangerous, or is soybean oil toxic?

We were surprised to hear this Radio New Zealand interview with Jim Mann regarding a Chinese study he co-authored.[1] In it he predicts various terrible things for people eating LCHF diets, which we think is out of line and not supported by the study. In fact, the LCHF and Paleo community have been warning about exactly the type of diet that was used in the study – high in energy from soybean oil, rice, and wheat – for years, and Jim Mann’s crowd have attacked us for that, while the NZ Ministry… Read More

Science in a minute: Which diets work for who?

SCIENCE IN A MINUTE: @Caryn Zinn Nutrition reviews the latest Lifestyle Medicine research released two weeks ago in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on weight-loss maintenance. Which diet works best for maintaining weight loss? Find out… #foodismedicine Follow our science in a minute series at Prekure.com Click here to see the full paper.  

Fitness is medicine

What’s more important to you – your left arm or your right foot? What would you rather keep if you had to lose one or the other? Well, here’s my opinion in the video below and longer blog here Actually it’s all about how we need to talk about fitness more. Fitness is medicine. Enjoy…and get fit! You will see yourself linked to Prekure’s www site. Prekure – “prevention is cure” is a social enterprise I’m part of with 8 other health professionals from oncology to public health to general practice to… Read More

Four Challenges for a Good Life

Here’s a little piece I wrote for the Education sector in the Education Gazette, around the big issues for our kids.. Opinion piece: By Grant Schofield, Professor of Public Health and Director of the Human Potential Centre at AUT Millennium, and the Ministry of Education’s Chief Education Health and Nutrition Advisor. Challenge 1: Mobile devices Challenge 2: Getting outside Challenge 3: Free-range kids Challenge 4: Food Grant’s family and friends enjoy a day at Frog Rock in Hikuai, Coromandel. What should a rich, developed country like New Zealand be aspiring towards? I… Read More

New Zealanders eating “too much meat” again – What does the evidence say?

Once again we have headlines about how we need to cut back on meat consumption for the sake of our health, and the planet’s, fueled by a recent review.[1] We’ve addressed the climate effects of ruminant agriculture before, this (most particularly with regard to intensive dairying and least of all with regard to sheep) is a conversation we need to keep having in NZ, but we would prefer experts to stop conflating this agenda with health advice. As we’ll show, no-one has good data about how much meat New Zealanders currently eat,… Read More