Lab Report: Is fussy eating genetic?

Lab Report: Is fussy eating genetic?

Are your kids picky about their food? Researchers at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill say genes play a key role in food neophobia, or the aversion to trying new foods.

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 11:35am

Healthy Gourmet: Running lean on greens and beans

Andrea Oschetti has resolved to return to the shape he was in for the 2009 New York City Marathon.

A sustainable weight loss can come only from a metabolic change. How to induce this change is difficult to know, not only because the science is still in its infancy, but because we are each unique and respond differently to food.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:58pm

Feast your eyes

Diners pack the Sun Hong Muk Koot Teh on Medan Imbi.

Friends always seem a little surprised whenever I suggest a visit to Kuala Lumpur for the many delicious cuisines on offer. I can hardly blame them.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:39pm

Fed up trying to please everyone

Imagine you are on a mission to get fit and lose weight. You find yourself in a social setting in which the host places a plateful of freshly baked, gooey fudge brownies on the table in front of you. The friend sitting beside you eats one lamenting her inability to say no to chocolate, then looks at you. What do you do?

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Top dog in sausage-eating contest plans to tone up for his next bout

It was no guts, no glory at Big Dog's hot-dog-eating finals on Friday night in LKF. After last week's semi-finals, four contenders were left to battle it out in the dog-eat-dog spectacle and the drama was palpable. After stuffing in as many German sausages and buns as possible in five minutes, the two top gluttons ended up tied at 10 dogs each.

23 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Boost the rate your body breaks down food

This week Disha Widge, 17

Disha asks: What can I do to boost my metabolism?

Wynnie says: There are many different ways to rev up your metabolism.

1 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Respecting food and reducing its waste starts with school lunches

In Hong Kong, 3,310 tonnes of food waste was generated every day in 2007, making up 35 per cent of the total municipal solid waste. This has increased pressure on our landfills.

17 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Snack healthily

If there were no more snacks in the world, there would be both advantages and disadvantages.

People who eat a lot of snacks could become fatter and suffer from serious illnesses. However, according to experts, eating snacks or sweets could make a person happier and more optimistic.

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Eating smart the key to keeping waist in check

It is still possible to shed weight even when dining out every day, says former home affairs chief Shelley Lee Lai-kuen, who lost 6.5kg just by eating smart.

Ms Lee's case was highlighted yesterday by Chinese University's Centre of Nutritional Studies. Ms Lee visited the centre last August. She then weighed 57.1kg and had a body-fat ratio of 36.9 per cent.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Hongkongers just can't resist a snack

Hong Kong is a city of snackers, according to a survey that shows 62 per cent of people regularly eat pre-packed snacks. Some 47 per cent said they snacked while watching television, while 14 per cent said they ate snacks whenever they liked. The Nielsen Company polled 1,000 people aged 15 to 54 on the phone in November.

18 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


A good musical with a message

I watched a musical Lokamochi Mamiba which I think is a good show, because it's very funny.

This musical wants to tell us that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty. We always judge a person the wrong way.

26 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Size matters

Hong Kong people are getting fatter. According to the 2003/2004 Population Health Survey, 38.8 per cent of us are either overweight or obese.

17 May 2007 - 12:00am

Steer clear of the office vending machine

HOW DO YOU combat job stress? Some people take their frustrations out on their colleagues, while others start up a love/hate affair with the office vending machine.

26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

China offers eating champ more than she can stomach

World female speed-eating champion Sonya Thomas can eat 44 lobsters in 12 minutes and 65 boiled eggs in six minutes and 40 seconds.

But there are things the Korean-American will refuse to touch when she comes to Hong Kong next month.

She will not eat anything weird and, definitely, under no circumstances, will she ever eat frogs' legs or - heaven forbid - dog meat.

30 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Talk back

Q Will the sodium information make you change eating habits?

It comes as no surprise that the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has released a survey that warns of high levels of sodium in Chinese food.

Hong Kong is an international city with many choices of cuisine and restaurants, so I'm sure that other foods and restaurants have similar problems.

24 Mar 2006 - 12:00am