I am a chef and I am in love with food: it has the power to make us healthy and happy. But it also has potential to make us fat.Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 12:06pm
For decades, we've been told by dietitians, doctors and public health authorities to avoid saturated fats such as butter or lard in favour of unsaturated vegetable oils like safflower and soya bean.26 Feb 2013 - 12:11pm
The secrets of longevity are as diverse as the people who live long enough to be invited to reveal them. The science of life expectancy, however, includes a universal premise. All things being equal, shedding excess weight reduces the risk of premature death from related illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.7 Jan 2013 - 2:36am
If people can make themselves healthy, should we blame them for getting sick? That is the question raised not only by broadening acceptance of the idea that people should assume some responsibility for their health, but also by the exciting new trend towards patient empowerment.7 Dec 2012 - 4:20am
My best friends when I was 10 were Michael and Moazzam. One ended up a chartered surveyor, the other ended up in Guantanamo Bay.
I don't think either result could have been predicted 30-something years ago. But I think there's little about our adult selves that can be predicted from our childhoods.9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
The numbers don't lie: we need to pull up our socks when it comes to health. The University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health revealed last month that Hong Kong as a whole scored a passing grade (six) on the 10-point Healthy Living Index it has devised.10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
The food you eat could be killing you. British chef and food advocate Jamie Oliver visited this summer's One Young World summit held in Zurich, in Switzerland, to carry this message to tomorrow's leaders: care about what you eat.11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
A serious health threat is hanging over Asia, putting hundreds of millions of lives at risk. It's not swine flu, nor dengue fever, nor any other infectious disease. It's much deadlier than epidemics of those but it gets much less attention because its effects are only felt in the long term.14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
Debating is very educational
Many of us have taken part in or watched debating competitions. We can learn a lot from debating.
Not only does it teach reading, writing, listening and public speaking skills but it also gives us confidence.3 Mar 2011 - 12:00am
How can we tackle childhood obesity?
The condition of some children in our city is alarming. A study found that about 15 per cent of children in Hong Kong are overweight ('Bad habits blamed as study shows children are getting fatter', September 4). To address the problem, schools and parents must work together.11 Sep 2008 - 12:00am
The battle of the bulge has spilled into the workplace in Hong Kong as office staff are increasingly leading a sedentary life. Overweight employees are eating more and exercising less in Hong Kong, and this is leading to an increase in the number of people suffering from heart disease and diabetes.21 Jun 2008 - 12:00am
By choosing the right food, eating between meals can be beneficial for your health
Grazing - or snacking - is becoming a normal way of life for most of us since we're all rushing from one activity to the next, and often there's not enough time to eat three main meals.20 May 2008 - 12:00am
Parents love their children and want them to be happy. They buy many things for their children and spoil them. This can easily lead to bad habits, such as unhealthy eating. Once they get used to junk food, it's difficult to change the habit.20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
Hectic lifestyles, desk-bound jobs and eating out are taking a heavy toll on Hong Kong. Surveys show an increasing incidence of people being overweight or obese, which, in turn, is causing rising rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
Most Hongkongers fail to meet World Health Organisation guidelines for a healthy diet, according to a study conducted last year, which examined the daily consumption of fruit and vegetables.1 Sep 2007 - 12:00am