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Faking it: how selfie dysmorphia is driving people to seek surgery

Filters have never been more prevalent – and it’s leading some people to have fillers, Botox and other procedures. What’s behind the obsessive pursuit of a flawless look?People used to call Anika the Snap Queen. Between the ages of 19 and 21, she was “obsessed with Snapchat, to the point where I had 4,000 followers”. At the peak of her “tragic” behaviour, she reckons now – a year after quitting the image-sharing app – she was taking 25 selfies a day.She liked the sense of having a platform, she ...
Tags: Fashion, Social Media, Life and style, Snapchat, Health & wellbeing, Beauty, Anika


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


10 of the best meditation retreats in the UK and Europe

We pick mindfulness and meditation holidays in beautiful surroundings – many combined with other activities like walking, singing and tai chiMore retreat top 10s: yoga | creative | by readersIn the Dart valley near Totnes, the Sharpham Trust meditation centre offers mindfulness retreats of different lengths throughout the year, including walking and singing breaks. Some are held in the estate’s mansion, others in the Barn Retreat nearby. For full immersion in the natural world, its Nature Connec...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, Life and style, Meditation, Mindfulness, Health & wellbeing, Top 10s, Learning Holidays, Rest And Relaxation, United Kingdom Holidays, Europe Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Totnes, Sharpham Trust


Voices in the wilderness: a singing retreat in rural France

Teaching singing and meditation isn’t an obvious calling for a former punk rocker, but this one helps our participant hit the high notes on a break in the remote Massif Central‘Get that gob open, Liz,” says Peter. “I’m not seeing any teeth.” I obey, stretching my jaw wide as we’d done in an earlier “howling wolf” exercise, and find that not only can I hit a top F# without squeaking, I’m thoroughly enjoying myself.When I booked a three-day singing retreat at Peter Evans’s farmhouse in rural Franc...
Tags: Travel, London, France, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Cultural Trips, Short breaks, Learning Holidays, Europe Holidays, France Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Liz, Peter, Peter Evans


A vegan yoga retreat in Dracula’s back yard, Romania

In countryside not far from the castle of Vlad the Impaler, an idyllic break offers a gentle route to wellness with five days of yoga and meditation • Away with words: a fiction-writing retreat in DevonIt’s early morning in Transylvania and the sun’s shining on a group of yogis making shapes on the wooden veranda at Akasha Wellness Retreat. With pine and beech-covered hills rolling to the horizon, snow-capped mountain peaks and a soundtrack of cow bells and cockerels, it’s an idyllic spot to sal...
Tags: Travel, Fitness, Life and style, Yoga, Health & wellbeing, Romania, Vegan food and drink, Learning Holidays, Rest And Relaxation, Yoga Holidays, Europe Holidays, Romania Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Dracula, Vlad, Transylvania


25 holidays to reboot your life

From yoga to surfing to pool therapy, Yorkshire to Sardinia to Poland, find yourself on an amazing retreatEva Wiseman visits a traditional ‘wellness island’ reinvented for the 21st-century traveller Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Fitness, Life and style, Meditation, Health & wellbeing, Yorkshire, Poland, Food And Drink, Short breaks, Spa Breaks, Sardinia, Rest And Relaxation, Yoga Holidays, Europe Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Wiseman


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


10 of the best yoga holidays in UK and Europe

Beautiful locations and activities such as running or simply hanging out on the beach complement quality yoga teaching at these retreatsCombine yoga and Greek sunshine with a holiday on Santorini, the southernmost of the Cyclades islands, staying in whitewashed houses at a boutique hotel with pool outside the village of Oia. There are two daily classes for all levels with warm, encouraging teacher Louise Gillespie-Smith, who balances creative, breath-led flow with gentle, mindful yin. An optiona...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, Fitness, Health & wellbeing, Food And Drink, Top 10s, Yoga Holidays, Europe Holidays, Santorini, Health And Fitness Holidays, Oia, Louise, Louise Gillespie Smith


10 of the best creative retreats in the UK and Europe

Want to sit quietly with your paints or handicrafts, burst into song, or use kung fu or dance to get moving? We pick holidays for nourishing your inner makerTao’s, a meditation centre on a hill overlooking the sea on the island of Paros, hosts a dance retreat each September. The style of dance is “open floor movement”, which is said to boost creativity and help people “refresh, recuperate, recharge and rejoice”. It is suitable for anyone who wants to move, regardless of age or experience. The sc...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, UK, Life and style, Meditation, Health & wellbeing, Craft, Top 10s, Learning Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Europe Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Christiana


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


Away with words: an Arvon fiction-writing retreat in Devon

Expert tuition, camaraderie and walks in the rain – plus a healthy lack of wifi and mobile coverage – leave our writer buzzing with creativity and short story ideasDespite the glowering weather, the 1½-mile walk from my creative writing retreat at the 16th-century manor house of Totleigh Barton is invigorating. The remote west Devon landscape is heavy with winter; it’s stark and elemental but also evocative and, most importantly, thought-provoking. Being in the wilds gives me the time and space ...
Tags: Travel, Books, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Creative writing, Devon, Learning Holidays, Rest And Relaxation, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Devon Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Totleigh Barton


Air pollution 'as bad as smoking in increasing risk of miscarriage'

Scientists called study’s findings upsetting and said toxic air must be cut Air pollution is as bad for pregnant women as smoking in raising the risk of miscarriage, according to a scientific study. They said the finding was upsetting and that toxic air must be cut to protect the health of the next generation.Air pollution is already known to harm foetuses by increasing the risk of premature birth and low birth weight. Recent research has also found pollution particles in placentas. Continue rea...
Tags: Women, Pregnancy, UK News, World news, Air Pollution, Pollution, Health & wellbeing


10 life-changing retreats worldwide: readers’ travel tips

In havens from Inverness to India, readers have discovered their better selves through yoga, meditation and writing coursesDhanakosa, on the banks of beautiful Loch Voil, near Balquhidder in central Scotland, is truly a place to stop, breathe, unwind and take stock. Amid the glorious scenery, you eat delicious, healthy vegetarian meals (and can even take a recipe book home), do yoga, hill walk, learn to meditate or reinvigorate your practice and your life. It’s the perfect place to come if you j...
Tags: Travel, Fitness, Scotland, India, Life and style, Meditation, Yoga, Health & wellbeing, Top 10s, Learning Holidays, Rest And Relaxation, Yoga Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Inverness, Buddhist, Dana


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


I lost 13 stone – now I know the truth about obesity

For years, I swallowed all the theories about fat, believing I could be obese and fit. Here are five dangerous myths, debunkedAs far back as I can remember, I was overweight. My parents were morbidly obese, just like three of my grandparents (my maternal grandmother was “only” obese – in other words, just fat). In my teenage years, I tried every diet going, and would sometimes lose weight, only to put it all on again. Eventually I concluded that so-called “normal” weight just wasn’t realistic fo...
Tags: Obesity, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing, Find your balance - fitness special


How running cured my anxiety – and a broken heart

When my marriage ended, I realised that a lifetime of anxiety had left me unable to cope. Then I pulled on some old leggings and started jogging...I once heard a story about a couple in a restaurant who ate in total silence for over an hour. When coffee came, the husband whispered something to the wife, who hissed back: “It’s not the coffee, it’s the last 25 years.” A slow crumbling like that would be pretty appalling. But when you’re given the surprise approach, the moment of impact feels bruta...
Tags: Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Running, Find your balance - fitness special


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


The 20 best gadgets of 2018

From electric bikes and fold-up drones to combat robots and digital skipping ropes… the year’s most desirable technologyInstead of relying on heat, this innovative device employs the Coanda jet-flow effect (which helps keep planes airborne) to wrap and style hair. It requires relearning how to coax your locks, but you can say goodbye to heat damage and singed foreheads. Continue reading...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Technology, Television, Shopping, Smartphones, Health & wellbeing, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars


Mattress firm tells customers beds do not record them sleeping

Privacy policy reference to collecting audio alarmed Sleep Number’s customersAn American mattress company has sought to reassure customers that it is not hiding microphones in their beds, after alarmed snoozers noticed references to audio recording in the company’s privacy policy.Under a heading explaining which personal information Sleep Number collects, the company, which makes smart mattresses with adjustable firmness, said it “may” collect “audio in your room to detect snoring and similar sl...
Tags: Business, Technology, Money, Sleep, Privacy, Life and style, World news, Consumer affairs, Retail industry, US news, Surveillance, Health & wellbeing, Consumer Rights, Smart Homes


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


Thanks for my coffee… On the great gratitude trail

Gratitude is good for us. With this in mind, writer A.J. Jacobs determines to cast off his habitual grumpiness and track down and say thank you to everyone responsible for his daily brew…It’s a Tuesday morning, and I’m in the presence of one of the most mind-boggling accomplishments in human history. This marvel I see before me is the result of thousands of human beings collaborating across dozens of countries. It took the combined labour of chemists, politicians, mechanics, biologists, miners, ...
Tags: Coffee, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Food & drink industry, Food And Drink, Jacobs