Tony Ryall now facing “Food Addiction” pressure


It never ceases to amaze me the lengths troughers will go to get a headline. Maybe it’s because they want more funding to go on junkets like Super Trougher Boyd Swinburn.

Efforts to demonise fatties into thinking that it’s not their fault they’re fat; instead it’s some food manufacturer’s fault, is taking a leaf from the playbook used against Big Tobacco.

Now we see the University of Otago, remember that hotbed of trougher researchers activists determined to stop Kiwis enjoying a burger, desperate to see the term ‘food addiction’ wedged into the academic vernacular.

Thankfully, there’s some that call them out for this nonsense.  

“although there was little evidence, there seemed to be a desperate desire to cement the formal terminology surrounding “food addiction” into academic discussion, despite the fact that so far these’s a paucity of evidence mostly derived from limited rat studies”

So, here’s a tip for Tony Ryall. Next time Otago University’s troughers like Doug Sellman knocks on your door, seeking more “research grants” or “fat taxes” remind him that slagging off the Government while happily tucking into taxpayer funding on an overseas junket on one of your other pet hates isn’t such a smart idea.


It’s not a big leap to think that Tony Ryall’s picture will be inserted into one of Doug Sellman’s overseas presentations complaining that Ryall is a barrier to addressing obesity issues.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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