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The proliferation of cheap junk food is not only bad for our health, it also takes its toll on the environment, Michalis Hadjikakou writes.

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We all know that junk food is bad for our waistline. Now a new study has shown that a diet high in saturated fat begins to harm our immune system before the weight gain begins to show.

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If you thought you could get away with indulging in junk food only on the weekend, think again. New research suggests yo-yo dieting is just as bad for your gut health as a consistent diet of rubbish.

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A healthy but complex community is living together peacefully, until an unruly mob of hooligans disturbs the peace. This scenario is likely playing out in your gut every time you go on a weekend junk food binge, writes Margaret Morris.

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A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, it also reduces their appetite for novel foods and a balanced diet, UNSW research shows.

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Feelings of loss and helplessness often drive unhealthy behaviours, a fact used by marketers to boost sales. But consumers can fight back, writes Nitika Garg.

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Even a short-term diet of junk food can have a detrimental effect on cognitive ability with impaired memory and brain inflammation after just a week, UNSW reseach finds. 

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Sports stars spruiking fast foods are doing enormous harm in the obesity battle, writes Dr Michael Valenzuela.