Post 1: Secondary Sources basis

Written by Song-Yi Im (11556507)

‘What you eat now could lead to weight gain in your child’s future’

The article is written by Yasmin Noone, who features articles on SBS Life specialised in reporting wellbeing, Health, and lifestyle. This news introduces the found research in Germany that the overeating behaviour of parents might increase the risk of development of diabetes and obesity to their children. As a factual based news, the author focuses on summarisation and delivery of found scientists facts to general audience in exclusion of own thought. The study conducted with mice presents that sperm and egg fundamentally can be changed by overfeeding them, which means obese mice can pass their overeating tendencies to their progeny (). This result emphasises influence of the father’s lifestyle is also important in epigenetic inheritance, while we only has been focused on the maternal influence. However, it is unconfirmed that results will be same on humans due to the experiment haven’t performed on living human bodies. to sum up, It believes gene is important determine of child obesity that increases obeisogenic behaviour that comes from parent’s lifestyle.

Noone, Y. 2016, What you eat now could lead to weight gain in your child’s future, SBS,  viewed 28 July 2016, <>.

‘Living here will make you fat’ – do we need a public health warning?

The articles is written by two co-authors, Karen Charlton and Abhijeet Ghosh who are associate professor in School of Medicine and Researcher in university of Wollongong. They participated in the research to present the interaction between obesity and their socioeconomic status (SES) by analysing collected data of obese patients in Australia. With the statistic result base, it indicates that most of overweight patient exposed in socioeconomic disadvantage areas. They mainly bring two obesonic factors that leads low-SES which are their shopping habit and residence.  low-SES Australians tend to buy none-core food such as chips or sweetness as the people in low income unconsciously try to maximise the calorie intakes with minimum nutritions. The other found is the neighbour of green space have low risk of obesity since the area promote the physical activities. This research delivers new insight of health living plan and alarms goverment to provide solution by mentioning other countries strategies responding obesity epidemic.

Charlton, K. & Ghosh, A. 2016, ‘Living here will make you fat’ – do we need a public health warning?, the Conversation, viewed 29 July 2016, <>.

”Grazing’ on smaller, more frequent meals won’t help control appetite’

The author, Carrie Dennett as an dietitian nutritionist writes column on newspaper and personal blog to help audience to cultivate better relationships with food. Dennett in this article clarifies and corrects misinformation about effect of ‘grazing’ that diet habit eating more frequent and smaller curbs appetite and overweight. The several study results note that increase frequency of eating does not decline appetite rather the higher protein intake help to control appetite. However, less then three meals per day tend to increase appetite. The writer also gives stress or emotions as an other factor causing food craving to generates managing appetite is not only about spacing stomach. The author notes that radical eating pattern which recklessly increase or decrease eating frequency is not always the answer. We need to accept that feeling hunger is a natural and needed. To find suitable diet habit for individual, she suggests to know current eating pattern and self-examine by adjusting potion and frequency of eating. The importance in health is the attitude of hearing from inner us not following others. The article is trustworthy since it is based on scientistic founding and clearly illuminates where the source from.

Bennett, C. 2016, ‘Grazing’ on smaller, more frequent meals won’t help control appetite, Sydney Morning Herald, viewed 28 July 2016, <>.

‘The honest conversation we need to have about fat people’

Like the author declared on the front, this chosen article is an opinion based written by Amos Gill who is Comedian and presenter having no professional background. He provides his own thought about the obesity issue and  disagrees with ’Body positivity’ movement that embraces overweight people and believes it is healthy in all the sizes and shapes. The obesity issue is not kind of thing driven by emotions and has to be expanded to the health issue in social level. Interested thing is that he put this overweight problem on the same line of smoking issue to emphasise the danger of obesity as serious as smoking. He points out our complacent attitude regarding obesity as an individuals lifestyle choice and smoking as an taboo even they both are main cause of various diseases, which threaten life. This body positivity movement brings comfort for overweight people and makes them happy for a moment but he suggests obese patients to listen the side of people who really want them to be healthy. The tone of article can be heavy as it deal with overweight and gives harsh truth but he respectfully and humorously presented his opinion.

Gill, A., 2016, The honest conversation we need to have about fat people, The Daily Telegraph, viewed 29 July 2016, <>.

‘Diabetes expert urges Australia to consider sugar tax following release of WHO stats’

While the formal article above by Gill claims the change perception of obesity for its reduction, the chosen news suggests specific regulation for reduction of overweight people by quotations of expert in diabetes prevention. The author Justine cited the words from Professor Stephen Colagiuri, who was only Australian contributing to WHO organisation. The professor highlights that the average rate of obesity in Australia highly ranks on the list of countries and currently has been increasing. As an direct solutions, he claims ‘sugar tax’ is the one of way to reduce obese patients in Australia. The public health campaign that doesn’t contain legal responsibility has never been successful thus, the legal intervention is more efficient than expecting them voluntarily managed. the expert also uses cigarette consumption that has been limited by legalisation as an positive example. The other problem he raised is diabetes rate in indigenous people in Australia specifically aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, who stands on similar medical condition to developing countries. The unbalance of accessibility and quality of medical provision is the other issue to solve obesity.

Kearney, J. 2016, Diabetes expert urges Australia to consider sugar tax following release of WHO stats, ABC News, 28 July 2016, <>.

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