High junk food consumption in childhood increases risk of unhealthy body fat by early adulthood

With economic development, it would seem that undesirable side effects such as the mass production and consumption of highly processed junk foods, obesity, pollution and lifestyle diseases also increase in prevalence. A new paper published recently in the journal JAMA Pediatrics reports consistent and significant associations between the increased consumption of such ‘ultraprocessed foods’ by children in the UK, and a higher risk of obesity, increased body fat percentage, and overall body mass, by the time they reach young adulthood.

The team said:

Through a lack of regulation, and enabling the low cost and ready availability of these foods,

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Junk food diet can lead to dangerous driving

A JUNK food diet may increase the risk of dangerous driving among truck/lorry drivers by boosting fatigue, which is often a key factor in vehicle collisions, suggests research published online in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

Some 1.35 million people die in road traffic collisions every year, with professional drivers at greater risk because of the time they spend behind the wheel.

There are several known contributory factors, among which gender, age, experience, driving skills and attitudes seem to be important, note the researchers.

But lifestyle may also be a factor, particularly as long distance driving often involves sleep

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Celebrities dissing junk food can go a long way

Packaged beverages are indeed junk — empty calories which provide sugar without nutrition — and are today indicted for obesity across the globe. So are many other ultra-processed packaged foods such as chocolates, chips and savoury snacks that are high in fat, sugar and / or salt.

These products are widely advertised — and such sponsorships are only one way of doing it. There is ample evidence that suggests advertisements greatly influence the purchase and consumption behaviour of people, especially children who are highly impressionable. Research aside, there is one very good reason to believe advertising works — food companies

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Small businesses to be exempt from ban on junk food advertising

Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “With its new exemptions, the government has acknowledged that banning adverts for normal, everyday food products would stifle competition, hurt businesses and be bad for consumers. 

“It should now throw in the towel and accept that advertising jam, sandwiches and olive oil should not be a criminal act under any circumstance, regardless of how many people the company employs.”

At present a formula based on sugar, salt and fat content determines which foods cannot be advertised during children’s television.

The Advertising Standards Authority is expected to enforce

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Hold the junk food, please | Premium Edition

For the many Lewiston-Clarkston Valley residents who enjoy feeding the community’s abundant flocks of ducks and geese, Jen Bruns of Idaho Fish and Game in Lewiston has this suggestion for their next excursion: Consider taking photographs with a camera, sketching pictures in a notepad or writing observations in a journal instead of bringing a loaf of white bread.

Bruns, communications manager for the Clearwater region of the agency, acknowledged the appeal of close-up interactions with birds. But what’s fun for people can harm waterfowl — even if the humans are offering healthier snacks in small amounts, such as worms or

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Junk food relief in lockdown

IMAGE: Headshots of Dr Nicola Buckland (Sheffield University, UK), left below, and Professor of Psychology Eva Kemps (Flinders University, South Australia), right.
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Credit: Sheffield University / Flinders University

Beware of those snack attacks. A new study in Appetite has confirmed the small luxuries, from sweets and chocolate to salty treats, have helped to lift our spirits – and kilojoule intake – during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Researchers in England and Australia have gathered evidence about similar experiences in the UK and Victoria, Australia to warn about the effect of extended pandemic lockdowns on our eating behaviours.

While time at home

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UK to ban junk food advertising online and before 9pm on TV from 2023 | Advertising

The government is poised to announce a ban on junk food advertising online and before 9pm on TV from 2023, as Boris Johnson looks to deliver on his pledge to tackle the UK’s growing obesity crisis.

The new measures, which will be some of the toughest marketing restrictions in the world, will heavily impact the more than £600m spent by brands on all food advertising online and on TV annually.

The 9pm pre-watershed ban on advertising TV products deemed to be high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) could cost TV broadcasters such as ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and

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Personalised nutrition reduces junk food intake, says study

The research team suggests future personalised nutrition approaches could target intake of these discretionary foods via food-based messaging that considers the eating context of the foods consumed.

“For example, if salt intake was identified as a top nutrient to change and meat-based dishes were the main contributing food sources, then a message may include, “Reduce your intake of processed meats and pies; swap salami, ham and bacon for turkey or beef,”” ​suggests the team led by Katherine Livingstone, NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow at Deakin University.

The team, which included colleagues from Newcastle University and the University of Navarra, began enrolling

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Personalised nutrition is trendy, but can it help us eat less junk food?

Australian adults get around one-third of their energy intake from junk foods.

Also known as discretionary foods, these include foods such as biscuits, cakes, sausages, sugar-sweetened drinks and alcohol.

Unhealthy diets are a key reason why almost one in every three adults in Australia is obese. Excess weight also increases risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

Our new research, published today in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, has found personalised nutrition advice, compared to usual dietary advice, helped adults to eat less junk food.

What is personalised nutrition?

Personalised nutrition involves

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