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Half of Malaysians now obese or overweight

Dateline Southeast Asia

Half of Malaysians now obese or overweight

By RJ Whitehead

Malaysia has continued reinforced its position as Asia’s fattest country with a further increase in its obesity rate last year. According to an official study, almost half of Malaysians are now overweight or obese.

Complementary health body backs call for more vit. D self-medication

Australia

Complementary health body backs call for more vit. D self-medication

By RJ Whitehead

With up to 58% of Australians found to suffer from vitamin D deficiency, the complementary medicines industry has welcomed a new article published in the Medical Journal of Australia that encourages proactive vitamin D supplementation, rather than testing...

The increasing role of cannabinoids in pain relief

Guest column, chief executive of Elixinol and Hemp Foods Australia

The increasing role of cannabinoids in pain relief

By Paul Benhaim,

Once forgotten, cannabinoids and their medicinal benefits have recently been thrust back into the spotlight, in particular for their abilities to relieve often otherwise untreatable pain. 

China’s youth obesity rate worsens

China’s youth obesity rate worsens

By RJ Whitehead

Youth obesity continues to rise in China, according to a national fitness survey that blames the trend on lack of exercise. 

Pollution partly to blame for India’s low vitamin D status

Pollution partly to blame for India’s low vitamin D status

By RJ Whitehead

High levels of environmental pollution have been blamed for being among the causes for elevated vitamin D deficiency in India after a study found that three-quarters of the population did not produce enough of the compound.

Nicotinamide breakthrough could help cut A$500m skin cancer bill

Nicotinamide breakthrough could help cut A$500m skin cancer bill

By RJ Whitehead

A year of treatment with nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, significantly lowered the risk of common, non-melanoma skin cancer in high-risk patients, according to Australian research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dairy debunked: Ingredients could benefit SE Asian physiology

SE Asia dairy focus

Dairy debunked: Ingredients could benefit SE Asian physiology

By RJ Whitehead

For generations, Southeast Asia has been a black hole for dairy, mainly because lactose has been seen as incompatible with regional physiology. But that is changing, says Sharon Gerdes, a food scientist and author. Ingredients like whey permeates could...

Heavy-drinking Koreans seeing obesity skyrocket

Far East digest

Heavy-drinking Koreans seeing obesity skyrocket

By RJ Whitehead

Obesity has emerged as one of South Korea’s biggest threats to health, according to a study released by the National Health Insurance Service last week. 

Malaysia diabetes rate doubles since 2011

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia diabetes rate doubles since 2011

By Richard Whitehead

An official study has shown that the instance of diabetes had more than doubled in Malaysia over the last four years.

Partial to 32kg of chocolate a year, Aussies told they must eat better

Australia

Partial to 32kg of chocolate a year, Aussies told they must eat better

By RJ Whitehead

Around two-thirds of Australians are obese and consume on average a quantity of chocolate each year equivalent to a passenger’s first-class baggage allowance on long-haul flights, Csiro, the country’s government research network, has revealed. 

Entrepreneur's frustration in marketing cheap protein for India's poor

special edition: Protein

Entrepreneur's frustration in marketing cheap protein for India's poor

By RJ Whitehead

There’s no shortage of children in India in need of cheap, high-quality and—crucially—vegetarian protein. Trouble is, there’s a chronic lack of companies wanting to produce it, and governments to promote it, even when its formulation could be massively...

Join the free FoodNavigator-Asia infant nutrition forum on Wednesday

Join the free FoodNavigator-Asia infant nutrition forum on Wednesday

By RJ Whitehead

On Wednesday, January 21 FoodNavigator-Asia will be holding its first free online forum under the banner "Red flags and white gold: Marketing infant formula in Asia-Pacific". Join us as a panel of experts debates the vital subject of how the...

Finding right omega 3 and 6 ratio is key to protecting cell membranes

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Finding right omega 3 and 6 ratio is key to protecting cell membranes

By Paul Benhaim, chief executive of Elixinol and Hemp Foods Australia

While many people are eager to rid themselves of as much fat as possible, there is still one part of the body really should contain a large quantity of it. Indeed, over 60% of the dry weight of the brain is made up of fats. 

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