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What is the ‘sugar tax’ and who reckons it’s a good idea?

At this point, it is a recommendation from a number of health experts, which would place a levy on sugary drinks in order to mitigate obesity rates, writes Crikey intern Sophie Heizer.

<em>Crikey</em> launches a special investigation into how fast food marketers use sport and sporting stars to sell their wares. Today, the Big Daddy of them all -- McDonalds.

Just Chew It: how sport is super-sizing our kids

Crikey launches a special investigation into how fast food marketers use sport and sporting stars to sell their wares. Today, the Big Daddy of them all -- McDonalds.

Australians may be fat, but we ain't fat enough to make the top ten list of countries (to be fair, we make the top twenty) of the WHO's most obese nations. A whopping 95% of Nauru's population is overweight and

The fattest nations on the planet

Australians may be fat, but we ain't fat enough to make the top ten list of countries (to be fair, we make the top twenty) of the WHO's most obese nations. A whopping 95% of Nauru's population is overweight and

KFC has released perhaps one of the most terrifying food-like products of all time: a double-cheese and bacon burger with fried chicken in place of a bun. And every food critic in America just had to try one.

KFC cooks up a deep-fried marketing win

KFC has released perhaps one of the most terrifying food-like products of all time: a double-cheese and bacon burger with fried chicken in place of a bun. And every food critic in America just had to try one.

Thais are getting richer -- and fatter. The country's love of sugar, mixed with rising income levels, has been a recipe for disaster: one in 10 Thais now suffer from diabetes.

Thai-a-betes: Thailand’s new epidemic

Thais are getting richer -- and fatter. The country's love of sugar, mixed with rising income levels, has been a recipe for disaster: one in 10 Thais now suffer from diabetes.

The debate over traffic light labelling for food in Australia is off and racing, but it doesn't have to be a burnout, says <b>Dr Trevor Beard</b>: there is a way to please both industry and consumers.

It’s time you knew what you’re eating

The debate over traffic light labelling for food in Australia is off and racing, but it doesn't have to be a burnout, says Dr Trevor Beard: there is a way to please both industry and consumers.

Which countries have the most obese people and how did they get that way? Coming in at number one is American Samoa, with 93.5% of its population considered overweight. But countries like the US, Germany and even New Zealand aren't that far behind.

The 10 fattest countries in the world

Which countries have the most obese people and how did they get that way? Coming in at number one is American Samoa, with 93.5% of its population considered overweight. But countries like the US, Germany and even New Zealand aren't that far behind.

There is a weight-busting move afoot in the US to introduce calorie-counting menus in chain restaurants. Would such a move be useful and welcomed in Australia? Health experts weigh-in.

Would calorie-counting menus help bust Australia’s big bellies?

There is a weight-busting move afoot in the US to introduce calorie-counting menus in chain restaurants. Would such a move be useful and welcomed in Australia? Health experts weigh-in.

A glass of apple juice is no better for you than a glass of Coke -- the average soft drink is 10% sugar and so is the average juice. Drinking fruit juice is just a nutritious way to get extremely fat.

Fruit juice: a nutritious way to get extremely fat

A glass of apple juice is no better for you than a glass of Coke -- the average soft drink is 10% sugar and so is the average juice. Drinking fruit juice is just a nutritious way to get extremely fat.

<em>Croakey</em>'s North American correspondent, <b>Dr Lesley Russell</b>, investigates the effectiveness of "calorie-counting" menus, while a local obesity policy expert, <b>Jane Martin</b>, looks at whether such an option might be useful in Australia.

How many calories would you like with that order?

Croakey's North American correspondent, Dr Lesley Russell, investigates the effectiveness of "calorie-counting" menus, while a local obesity policy expert, Jane Martin, looks at whether such an option might be useful in Australia.

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