Diet and Fitness

Running: The key to staying young?

Rachel Clun 12:00 AM   New research suggests running may slow down the ageing process, but a Sydney academic urges caution.

Fit body, fit brain: all in your mind?

Stretch: Does a fit body aid mental health, or are we merely imagining it?

Sarah Berry 12:00 AM   Science tells us that exercise can make us smarter. But is it the exercise or a placebo effect that's improving our minds?

Going vegan

Eat carbs, lose weight – lessons from a vegan diet

What can we learn from the vegan diet?

Paula Goodyer   What if there were an eating plan that helped you lose weight while still allowing a generous amount of food including – gasp – carbs?

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Nearly 30 per cent of world population is overweight: report

Obesity is now blamed for around 5 per cent of all deaths worldwide, according to the report by consultants McKinsey Global Institute.

More than 2.1 billion people globally - or nearly 30 per cent of the world's population - are now overweight or obese, with the figure set to rise further by 2030, according to a study published Thursday.

A new study shows how eating trans fat affects your memory

Trans fats are back in the news, this time because of their impact on our memories.

Livia Gamble   It’s no secret that certain fats are bad for you and trans fats are the worst in terms of heart disease weight control.

Is texting hurting your neck?

The right stance is key to spinal health.

Rachel Clun   A person's stance while texting could be putting 27 kilograms of strain on their neck.

Healthy summer eating

How to create a perfectly healthy summer barbecue

Nutritious and tasty: Be sure to load up on plenty of salad.

Susie Burrell   Eating at barbecues is healthy if you get the right mix.

Shared moments that matter

The breathless bubble of Christmas

In the bosom of the family: Author Luke Ryan (left) on Christmas morning.

Luke Ryan   This year, for the first time in my 29 years on Earth, I will not be in the same house as my parents when I wake up on the morning of the 25th.

A matter of some sensitivity

Eaten to avoid ailments: Gluten-free food products will help people sensitive to gluten.

Jane E. Brody   Many people of those who suffer from eating food containing gluten do not have coeliac disease.

An app a day keeps the calories away

A 200 calorie doughnut portion.

Rachel Clun   Spoiler alert: It's less than a whole doughnut.

The world’s biggest chocolate-makers say we’re running out of chocolate

The chocolate deficit is set to rise.

Roberto A. Ferdman   There's no easy way to say this: You're eating too much chocolate, all of you. And it's getting so out of hand that the world could be headed towards a potentially disastrous (if you love chocolate) scenario if it doesn't stop.

New superfood

How to introduce seaweed, 'the other green superfood', into your diet

Super powers: As well as being a good source of fibre, seaweed also includes  protein, vitamins, minerals such as iron and zinc, antioxidants and omega-3 fats.

Paula Goodyer   Although most of the seaweed we eat comes from Asia, there are seaweeds that are native to Australia. But it could be a while before they end up on our dinner plates.

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Jesinta Campbell gets ready for the City2Sea

Jesinta Campbell is looking forward to Sunday's City2Sea.

Jessica Wright   Jesinta Campbell has a rather unusual response when asked to associate a word or two with Melbourne: "finish line".

Yale psychologist Oriana Aragon finds out why we cry when we are happy

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Livia Gamble   A new study has shed some light on why we cry when we are happy.

New research

Scientists tackle the puzzle of why exercise leads to weight gain

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Sarah Berry   There is a predictor of whether exercise will help you lose or gain weight, a new study has found.

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A new excuse for bad dancing

Think you're lacking Taylor Swift's dance skills? Maybe you're beat deaf.

Rachel Clun   If you think you can't dance, you could be in a minority of people with a diagnosable condition.

Why 'idle' time is so important

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Paula Joye   The importance of carving out some lo-fi time.

Health experts are worried

Women using energy drinks to lose weight worries experts

New diet trend disturbs experts.

Sarah Berry   The latest trend of women with eating disorders has sounded alarm bells among doctors.

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Healthy eating

The 10 foods you should eat every day

Berries ... nature's super food.

Susie Burrell   Forget what we should not be eating; instead let’s focus on the powerful super foods that pack a serious nutrition hit for their punch and the foods that we should aim to eat on a daily basis.

Exercise in air quality research finds gyms are not a breath of fresh air

Gym workouts: Are they as healthy as we think?

Sarah Berry   A new study by researchers in Portugal and the Netherlands has found high levels of air pollutants in gyms.

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