Poll: obesity a result of addiction

obesity a result of addiction

The University of Queensland

University of Queensland researchers have found most Australians and Americans believe food is addictive and comparable to drug addiction.

The researchers used an online survey to assess public attitudes toward obesity and gauge opinions on the causes and risk factors of obesity.

UQ's School of Population Health Masters graduate Natalia Lee said despite significant support to treat obesity as a form of addiction, participants saw eating and weight as an individual's responsibility.

“While participants believed food addiction to be a cause of obesity, this did not change their attitudes towards obese people or the most effective way of treating obesity,” Mrs Lee said.

“This finding alone

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Kids more distracting than phones

Kids more distracting than phones

Monash University

In a first-of-its-kind study, Monash University researchers have found children are 12 times more distracting to a driver than talking on a mobile phone while at the wheel.

The researchers, from the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) found the average parent takes their eyes off the road for three minutes and 22 seconds during a 16-minute trip.

Associate Professor Judith Charlton and Dr Sjaan Koppel at MUARC used cars fitted with a discrete recording

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