_ chips, crisps bad but it is still about calories – times live__


Two people holding 170 guests, staff hostage in Bamako hotel: company

Two people have “locked in” 140 guests and 30 employees in an ongoing hostage-taking at the Radisson Blu hotel in the Malian capital Bamako, the hotel chain said in a statement on Friday.

Satanists offer helping hand to Muslims in two US states

While the Republican front-runners for president amp up their

anti-Muslim rhetoric, the Satanic Temple is offering help to any Muslim feeling threatened in the wake of the recent Paris attacks.

Tahir straining at the leash to bamboozle

Seven days from today, the third Test between India and South Africa starts in Nagpur – meaning the Proteas would have lived through 12 days since the loss in Mohali.

Lots of riders and knees on Rossi’s way to title

There was no legal loophole for Valentino Rossi to go through, so the Italian will have to start at the back of the grid in the title-deciding final MotoGP race of the season in Valencia on Sunday.

Khloe Kardashian blames medication for Twitter rant

Khloe Kardashian blamed her Twitter rant in response to being told to choose between her boyfriend and estranged husband as being under the influence of her medication.

Maternal mortality cut by almost half in 25 years: UN

Deaths of women from pregnancy-related causes have fallen by almost half across the world in the past quarter century, but only nine countries have achieved the targets set by the UN, a report by UN agencies and the World Bank said.

Volkswagen debuts Dune and Denim edition Beetles

VW showed off four conceptual takes on its retro-styled Beetle and the company has confirmed that two of those cars, the Dune and the Denim, are about to become production realities.

NSPCA says ‘facts disregarded’ in elephant case dismissal

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) on Friday lamented the decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions in Grahamstown not to pursue animal cruelty charges against the Elephants of Eden park in Knysna.

In South Africa, the Department of Health has proposed banning the sale of sodas and junk food in school tuckshops but the draft legislation has yet to become law. File photo

Image by: ©Ivonne Wierink/shutterstock. com

Foods eaten regularly by overweight kids were margarine, butter, full-cream milk, sugary drinks, desserts, processed meats, sweets, and fish and chicken in batter.

Duke University Associate Professor of Global Health Eric Finkelstein examined the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, of 15444 children born in 1991 and 1992 in England to see what foods affected weight gain.

He said: “Potato chips are one of the foods most influential in obesity in young people.”

The study also found that sugary drinks seem to be more “obesity-promoting” than calories from solid foods. This could be because they are less filling than food and therefore easier to consume in greater quantities.

Plain fish and chicken were not associated with weight gain and neither were mashed potatoes.

The only food associated with weight loss was fibre. Fibre is found in fruits, vegetables and porridge such as oats.

Finkelstein said his findings supported government policies taxing sugary foods, designed to make children eat more healthy food. A debate on taxing sugary drinks has dominated headlines in England since celebrity chef Jamie Oliver called for it.

In South Africa, the Department of Health has proposed banning the sale of sodas and junk food in school tuckshops but the draft legislation has yet to become law.

Vitality Institute’s Derek Yach warned against vilifying certain foods. “The excellent study is weak in one respect – total calorie intake is not provided,” he said.

“This is critical since the total intake of all sugars, fats and protein is the most important determinant of weight gain.”

Yach said that too many people worried about fat or sugar content of individual foods, but didn’t take into account the entire diet.

“Most evidence still shows that these effects [of junk foods] are quite small compared to total intake.”

But Yach said the study was an example of how health research should be conducted.

“This is a rare excellent example of how to undertake studies – tracking over time rather than just reporting a snapshot in time.”

Dietician Lila Bruk, spokeswoman for the Association of Dietetics of SA, said the study’s results “came as no surprise”.

She cautioned against cutting out all treats and urged parents to allow children occasional unhealthy food. She said taxing sugary food merely treated the symptom, not the problem.

“Knowledge is power. Children must be educated about eating in a healthy way,” she said, urging parents to set an example by eating healthily in front of children.