Last week the Federal government announced it would be funding CSIRO to formally evaluate "The CSIRO Total Well Being Diet" for children. Naturally this was met with both applause and resistance from health professionals. The health professionals who work with overweight children (including myself) are thrilled that we finally have an opportunity (and money) to formally evaluate the various dietary models we find work in clinical practice with these children. Others, who question CSIRO's funding background and the appropriateness of "diets" for kids once again find fault with any forward moving action.
At the end of the day, we have a lot of fat kids in Australia and any research we can get the government to fund to help evaluate management plans has to be a good thing.