Diet and Fitness

New ruling

EU court rules that fatness 'can constitute a disability’

Bruno Waterfield   Fatness "can constitute a disability" for the purposes of European Union equality at work legislation, Europe's highest court has ruled.

Comfort foods not that comforting really

Comfort foods: Way to improve your mood?

Sarah Berry   We smother or sweeten the sorrow of heavy hearts and hangovers with butter or bacon, ice cream or chocolate. Butter and bacon, ice cream and chocolate.

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Legitimacy crisis

Paleo advocate Pete Evans accused of deleting critical posts on Facebook

"Paleo Pete": an open debate?

Sarah Berry   Is Paleo Pete Evans is open to dietary debate? Some say he's not.

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Weight loss

A spiritual approach to weight loss?

In tune: Gabrielle Bernstein successfully applied a spiritual approach to overeating.

Alice Williams   Gabrielle Bernstein's three tips for a spiritual approach to weight management

Foods we will be eating in 2015

Food of 2015: Matcha green tea powder.

Susie Burrell   Each and every year there are a couple of new foods that become part of our diet repertoire. Here a few that you may see a lot more of in 2015.

10 healthy holiday swaps

You don't have to forgo all Christmas treats to stay healthy.

Ellie Krieger   Nutritionist Ellie Krieger gives us some healthier options for some of our favourite holiday treats.

Hand dryers spread more bacteria than paper towel: study

Sharing the germs: A new study has found electronic hand dryers spread more bacteria through the air than paper towels.

Rachel Clun   A recent study claims that hand dryers (both the fancy jet dryers and the more old-fashioned type) spread more germs than paper towel.

The one-minute workout: High Intensity Interval Training hits all new low

Racing time: The one-minute workout.

Sarah Berry   From Tabata’s four-minute to the seven-minute workout, recent research has taught us that short, sharp bursts exercise can be incredibly effective.

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Five reasons you're not losing weight

Even if you're doing your best, sometimes it's hard to tip the scales ....

Paula Goodyer   You’re eating healthier food and you’re moving more - so why is it still so hard to shift the weight?

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Secret to better coffee

Why coffee may taste worse in white mugs

White cups: Changes the perception of taste.

Roberto A. Ferdman   The secret to a better cup of morning joe might simply be choosing the right coloured coffee mug.

Cupboard essentials

Five essential items any healthy pantry should have

Get shopping: Stock up on healthy staples that will keep you from slipping into poor meal choices.

Susie Burrell   Healthy eating usually goes off track when we find ourselves caught without the food supplies we need to eat well.

Healthy habits

Detoxing is a scam, isn't it?

Detox: has the word been hijacked?

Sarah Berry   Detoxing is a scam. So says The Guardian in a new feature that has been reverberating around the internet ruffling feathers and eliciting nods of agreement in equal parts.

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Plate politics

The argument for eating less (of everything)

As simple as eating less? Some say so.

Sarah Berry   The party's over, but the food fixation is just getting started.

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Bulletproof Diet

Six biggest dieting myths affecting your weight loss efforts

Weight not coming off, workout isn't working? Not true.

Emily Abbate   So you've decided you want to lose weight. What's the first thing you're likely to do? Figure out what diet you want to stick with, hoping that it'll help the pounds melt off.

Coconut water: Not all it’s cracked up to be?


Livia Gamble   As a refreshing drink its okay, but the coconut isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Why running is not your knees’ worst enemy

Good for joints: A new US study found that runners had less knee pain and osteoarthritis.

Paula Goodyer   It’s official: running does not cause osteoarthritis in the knee.

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US man puts on 10kg after drinking 10 Cokes a day for a month


Scott Parker   In a Super Size Me-style experiment, George Prior, a healthy 50-year-old Los Angeles father of two has documented weight and health changes he underwent by introducing 10 cans of coke per day into his daily diet.

Does the type of fat we eat matter in the absorption of vitamins?

Monounsaturated fat for best absorption?

Sarah Berry   We know that dietary fat can help us absorb vitamins, but is this the case for all vitamins and does the kind of fat matter?

The 'brutal' exercise lesson women must learn?

Exercise: A vehicle for narcissistic self-torture?

Sarah Berry   Fix your motivation to revolutionise the way you work out.

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Holiday survival guide

How to prevent weight gain over the silly season

Party food is just one of the many temptations during the silly season.

Susie Burrell   The holidays are a notorious time for weight gain – the result of extra food, less structure in our days and the fact that we often give ourselves permission to eat what we like while taking a break.