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New plant-focused diet would ‘transform’ planet’s future, say scientists

‘Planetary health diet’ would prevent millions of deaths a year and avoid climate changeThe first science-based diet that tackles both the poor food eaten by billions of people and averts global environmental catastrophe has been devised. It requires huge cuts in red meat-eating in western countries and radical changes across the world.The “planetary health diet” was created by an international commission seeking to draw up guidelines that provide nutritious food to the world’s fast-growing popu...
Tags: Health, Food, Climate Change, Environment, Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Farming, Health & wellbeing, Diets and dieting, The meat industry

What’s their beef? Why today’s leading men are driven to be buff

Aidan Turner’s Poldark has ushered in a new age of brawn, but many are asking if the trend has gone too farModern screen heroes come in many guises, but whether a leading man is cast as a mathematician, a surgeon or a scientist, the likelihood is that, once the shirt comes off, he will be equipped with both a firm abdomen and bulbous biceps.A new appetite for leading men who, whether or not they are playing professional athletes, appear to spend half the week in the gym is now concerning even es...
Tags: Health, Film, Life and style, Society, Body Image, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Stage, Acting, Aidan Turner, Poldark, Tom Brittney

Want to transform your life? Stop chasing perfection

Give up the rat race, accept reality and have the courage to be disliked – the latest self-help trend is not about self-reinvention but finding contentment in the life you haveBy tradition, this is the season for personal reinvention, but these days it’s hard not to feel cynical about the idea of a triumphant liberation from the past. In the news, Brexit provides an hourly reminder that merely wishing to bring about a glorious fresh start is no guarantee that calamity won’t be the result. Meanwh...
Tags: Health, Books, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Robert Plomin, Society books

Struggling with New Year's resolutions? We can help

Nine ways to boost your willpower, from dodging doughnuts to making the most of morningsIt is tempting, when your shiny New Year’s resolutions start to crumble, to tell yourself that self-control simply isn’t your strong point. “Oh well,” you might say, surrendering to the desire for a large glass of red. “No willpower, that’s my problem.”But, according to a body of scientific research, willpower is not a talent that a lucky few are born with. It is a skill to be practised. “Willpower is a dynam...
Tags: Psychology, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Frank Ryan

Constant cravings: is addiction on the rise?

From sex to sugar to social media, people are in the grip of a wider range of compulsive behaviours. But what is driving them – and what can be done?Addiction was once viewed as an unsavoury fringe disease, tethered to substances with killer withdrawal symptoms, such as alcohol and opium. But now the scope of what humans can be addicted to seems to have snowballed, from sugar to shopping to social media. The UK’s first NHS internet-addiction clinic is opening this year; the World Health Organiza...
Tags: Psychology, UK, Hollywood, Science, Neuroscience, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, NHS, Michael Douglas, Douglas, World Health Organization WHO

The money, job, marriage myth: are you happy yet?

The ‘success’ narrative is at the heart of our idea of wellbeing, but the evidence tells a different tale, argues behavioural scientist Paul Dolan in this extract from his new bookThere are countless stories about how we ought to live our lives. We are expected to be ambitious; to want to be wealthy, successful and well educated; to get married, be monogamous and have kids. These social narratives can make our lives easier, by providing guidelines for behaviour, and they might sometimes make us ...
Tags: Health, Books, Society, UK News, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Paul Dolan, Hay, Happiness indices, Wellbeing At Work

Schoolgirls in Kenya to face compulsory tests for pregnancy and FGM

Girls in Narok County will be made to reveal identities of babies’ fathers and tell police about female genital mutilation Plans to subject schoolgirls in Kenya to mandatory tests for female genital mutilation and pregnancy are a violation of victims’ privacy, campaigners have warned.All girls returning to school this week in Narok, Kenya, will be examined at local health facilities as part of a countywide crackdown. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Africa, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Health & wellbeing, Global development, Kenya, Fgm, Global Education, Narok County, Female genital mutilation (FGM, Narok Kenya

Why exercise alone won’t save us

Sedentary lifestyles are killing us – we need to build activity into our everyday lives, not just leave it for the gym. By Vybarr Cregan-ReidThis is the time of year when trainers are mined from under beds and gym kits are disinterred from the bottom drawer. Google searches relating to physical fitness peak in January. Many people even trawl the web to find out about “desk exercises” and “workouts on the go” in case they are too busy to use their new gym memberships.Our relationship with exercis...
Tags: Health, Google, UK, Fitness, US, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing, New Year, Vybarr Cregan ReidThis

‘Learning to relax can be life-changing’: how to find your comfort zone

Many of us have forgotten how to truly unwind. We ask the experts for ways to switch off in an always-on worldHow do you like to kick back, chill out and really relax? This sounds as if it should be a simple question. But I can’t be alone in having spent several evenings over the past couple of weeks slumped on the sofa, “watching TV” while my eyes flicker across Twitter and Facebook, as well as five different WhatsApp groups on my phone.Relaxing is increasingly difficult in our always-on digita...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Science, Life and style, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing

Girl, 10, dies after female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone

Renewed calls for country to end practice after girl bleeds to death following mass initiation into secret societyA 10-year-old girl has died after undergoing female genital mutilation during a mass initiation into a secret society in Sierra Leone.The girl, one of 68 involved in the rite, bled to death on Tuesday following complications from the FGM procedure. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Africa, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Sierra Leone, Health & wellbeing, Global development, Fgm, Female genital mutilation (FGM

Junk food cravings linked to lack of sleep, study suggests

Researchers say tired people are likely to view unhealthy snacks more favourablyHaving even one night without sleep leads people to view junk food more favourably, research suggests.Scientists attribute the effect to the way food rewards are processed by the brain. Previous studies have found that a lack of shuteye is linked to expanding waistlines, with some suggesting disrupted sleep might affect hormone levels, resulting in changes in how hungry or full people feel. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Food, Science, Sleep, Obesity, Life and style, Society, World news, Health & wellbeing, Fast Food

What happens to your life after you accidentally kill someone?

I’m an accidental killer – and thousands of Americans share this secret shame. How can you recover from the trauma of accidentally killing someone?“There’s never a time, even when I’m laughing at a party, when I’m not thinking about it,” Pam Uhr says.It was a hot summer day a few weeks before the end of her junior year of high school. Uhr and her friends had spent the afternoon at a swimming hole near their central Texas town. She was driving home on a country road, two friends as passengers, wh...
Tags: Psychology, Texas, Science, Medicine, Religion, Judaism, Health & wellbeing, Christianity, Evangelical Christianity, Anglicanism, Uhr, Pam Uhr

UK pledges £50m 'to end female genital mutilation by 2030'

Money will go to grassroots programmes across Africa in bid to protect millions of girls currently at risk of being cutThe UK government is to invest £50m in an attempt to end female genital mutilation by 2030, claiming it is the biggest single investment to tackle the issue by an international donor.The money, announced on Friday, will go to grassroots programmes working to stop the practice across Africa, where prevalence is highest. Penny Mordaunt, international development secretary, said th...
Tags: Health, UK, Africa, Women, Society, Health & wellbeing, Global development, Fgm, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID, Female genital mutilation (FGM

Starvation diets, obsessive training and no plus-size models: Victoria’s Secret sells a dangerous fantasy

The brand’s annual show is a worldwide TV event, but former Angels are starting to reveal the uncomfortable truth about the lingerie giant A woman stands on stage and cries. In the auditorium, another woman’s partner gives a standing ovation, his hand on his heart. One mother gushes that she is “so proud” of her daughter. Another goes further: “So much admiration for all your hard work and dedication to being the best version of yourself and making your dreams come true.”We are told that these w...
Tags: Health, Fashion, Women, Life and style, Society, Body Image, Health & wellbeing, Models, Victoria, Lingerie

Rear view: the big business of bottoms

As more and more women go under the knife in pursuit of curves, it’s clear they are paying with their healthThe press briefing for October’s Clinical Cosmetic Reconstructive Expo in London was delayed – there had been another death. A cluster of journalists gathered on the mezzanine while below them visitors filtered past signs for She Lase and Zero Gravity Skin and a stand for a company called Eurosilicone that claims to have been “Empowering women for over 30 years”. At the far end of the conf...
Tags: Health, London, Women, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing

'Having a child is a distraction from your own mortality': Kathryn Hahn and Tamara Jenkins on their IVF film

Hahn stars in Jenkins’ new comedy about a couple struggling with infertility. They talk about whether feminism is to blame for encouraging women to wait before reproducing – and why their film shouldn’t be dismissed as a chick flickEleven years ago, the director Tamara Jenkins was flying round the world promoting her second film, The Savages. A sad, frank comedy about suddenly caring for a father with Alzheimer’s, it won rave reviews, then Oscar nominations for Jenkins and star Laura Linney.Prof...
Tags: Health, Film, Women, Life and style, Society, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Ivf, Fertility problems, Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Jenkins, Kathryn Hahn, Hahn, Alexander Payne, China Continue

Spain plans to ban alternative medicine in health centres

Government aims to avoid ‘harmful effects’ caused by acupuncture and homeopathy The Spanish government has announced plans to eradicate alternative medicine such as acupuncture or homeopathy from health centres.The proposal, unveiled by the science and health ministers, aims to avoid the “potential harmful effects” of the practices when they are used as an alternative or a complement to treatment that is itself based on “proof and scientific rigour”, the government said in a statement. Continue ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Spain, Life and style, Society, World news, Alternative Medicine, Health & wellbeing, Homeopathy, Acupuncture

Genetic link between obesity and depression uncovered, say scientists

Having genetic variants linked to high BMI can lead to mental health issues, study findsBeing overweight can cause depression, researchers say, with the effects thought to be largely psychological.While previous studies have found that people who are obese are more likely to have depression, it has been unclear whether that is down to depression driving weight changes or the reverse. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Obesity, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Body Image, Depression, Medical Research, Health & wellbeing

Researchers discover why being overweight can lead to depression

Having genetic variants linked to high BMI can lead to mental health issues, study findsBeing overweight can cause depression, researchers say, with the effects thought to be largely psychological.While previous studies have found that people who are obese are more likely to have depression, it has been unclear whether that is down to depression driving weight changes or the reverse. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Obesity, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Body Image, Depression, Medical Research, Health & wellbeing

New pregnancy guidelines bring back weigh-ins and end routine vitamin D tests

Updated Australian advice recommends testing for hepatits C and better management of dietPregnant women will be offered a weigh-in at every antenatal visit and consistently advised about diet and exercise while routine vitamin D testing will be scrapped under updated pregnancy care guidelines.Routine testing for hepatitis C at the first antenatal visit is also recommended. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Obesity, Pregnancy, Australia news, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting

Baby arm defects prompt nationwide investigation in France

Launch of inquiry follows discovery of 11 more suspected cases of birth abnormalitiesFrance has launched a nationwide investigation into babies born with missing upper limbs after the discovery of nearly a dozen new suspected cases.The national health agency had initially dismissed claims that a cluster of seven infants born with abnormalities in the Ain area near the Swiss border was abnormally high. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, France, Pregnancy, Society, World news, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Ain

Erectile dysfunction or performance anxiety? The truth behind a modern malaise

All men struggle to get an erection at some point in their lives, but more and more in their 20s and 30s seem to be making a habit of it. Are they simply panicking at the thought of sex?It was just as things were getting serious in the bathroom at a house party that an off-hand comment ruined the mood for Toby, 32. The woman he was with remarked that he wasn’t hard enough for them to have sex. “It made me feel super-shit,” he says. “I’ve always had a bit of anxiety about my performance, so she h...
Tags: Health, Sex, Life and style, Society, Men's Health, Health & wellbeing, Men, Sexual health, Toby

The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world

We check our phones every 12 minutes, often just after waking up. Always-on behaviour is harmful to long-term mental health, and we need to learn to the hit the pause buttonIt is difficult to imagine life before our personal and professional worlds were so dominated and “switched on” via smartphones and the other devices that make us accessible and, crucially, so easily distractible and interruptible every second of the day. This constant fragmentation of our time and concentration has become th...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Technology, London, Internet, Life and style, Smartphones, Mental Health, Mobile Phones, Health & wellbeing, Glenn Wilson, Institute of Psychiatry

A strong libido and bored by monogamy: the truth about women and sex

When a heterosexual couple marries, who’s likely to get bored of sex first? The answer might surprise you…What do you know about female sexuality? Whatever it is, chances are, says Wednesday Martin, it’s all wrong. “Most of what we’ve been taught by science about female sexuality is untrue,” she says. “Starting with two basic assertions: that men have a stronger libido than women, and that men struggle with monogamy more than women do.”Martin pulls no punches. Her bestselling memoir Primates of ...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Science, Marriage, Sex, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Upper East Side, Martin

Digital contraceptives and period trackers: the rise of femtech

With market predicted to be worth $50bn by 2025, is women’s health no longer being overlooked by tech? Digital contraceptive techniques have been on the receiving end of bad press recently after Swedish company Natural Cycles was described as “misleading” by the UK’s advertising body, and a number of women complained about becoming pregnant while relying on the app.But that hasn’t stopped the industry from thriving, with the launch of Moody Month, which tracks hormones and menstrual cycles , and...
Tags: Health, Apps, Family, UK, Science, Technology, Biology, Pregnancy, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing, NHS, Technology startups, Reproduction, Parents and parenting, Flo Health

The age of envy: how to be happy when everyone else's life looks perfect

Social media has created a world in which everyone seems ecstatic – apart from us. Is there any way for people to curb their resentment?One night about five years ago, just before bed, I saw a tweet from a friend announcing how delighted he was to have been shortlisted for a journalism award. I felt my stomach lurch and my head spin, my teeth clench and my chest tighten. I did not sleep until the morning.Another five years or so before that, when I was at university, I was scrolling through the ...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Science, Social Media, Life and style, Health & wellbeing

Austerity is the wrong prescription for the world's wellbeing | Larry Elliott

Findings about the impact of a course of heavy-duty cuts on life expectancy make grim readingThe quack doctors rolled into town just as the global economy had come off the critical list. It was 2009 and the message from the austerity medicine show was simple: the only way back to full health was a course of heavy-duty cuts.Expert opinion was divided. There were other diagnoses available. There were economists who said austerity was the equivalent of going back to the days of blood-letting – but ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Greece, Economics, European Union, UK News, Eurozone crisis, European Central Bank, World news, Health & wellbeing, NHS, Larry Elliott, International Monetary Fund (IMF

Weight Watchers plans tech rebrand to take on wellness industry

Under the name WW the US-listed firm hopes to broaden its appeal as diets begin to waneWeight Watchers will from next month ditch its name and rebrand as “WW” as it takes on competition from fitness trackers and phone apps and attempts to remould itself as a lifestyle tech brand.Behind the relaunch is concern that the long-term effectiveness of diet plans is on the wane, while health and wellness are now in vogue. The US-listed firm wants to broaden its appeal and keep subscribers signed up by m...
Tags: Health, Food, Facebook, Apps, Business, Technology, Nutrition, Fitness, US, Life and style, Society, UK News, US news, Health & wellbeing, Diets and dieting, Weight Watchers

Burkina Faso botched FGM leaves 50 girls in hospital

Girls as young as four taken to hospital amid fears that cutters are targeting younger girls and crossing borders to avoid detectionAround 50 girls, including some as young as four, are being treated in hospital in Burkina Faso after they underwent female genital mutilation (FGM).Two women, along with some of the girls’ relatives, have been arrested. Not all the girls who underwent the circumcision have been traced, the minister of women’s affairs, Laurence Marshall Ilboudo, told the BBC. Contin...
Tags: Health, Africa, Women, World news, Health & wellbeing, Global development, Burkina Faso, Somalia, Fgm, BBC Continue, Female genital mutilation (FGM, Laurence Marshall Ilboudo

The YouTube stars heading for burnout: ‘The most fun job imaginable became deeply bleak’

Why are so many YouTubers finding themselves stressed, lonely and exhausted?When Matt Lees became a full-time YouTuber, he felt as if he had won the lottery. As a young, ambitious writer, director and presenter, he was able to create low-budget, high-impact films that could reach a worldwide audience, in a way that would have been impossible without the blessing of television’s gatekeepers just a few years earlier. In February 2013, he had his first viral hit, an abridged version of Sony’s annou...
Tags: Technology, Media, Youtube, Social Media, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Digital Media, Health & wellbeing, Sony, Charlie Brooker, Lees, Matt Lees

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