Exercise makes you eat more – unless you think it’s fun

Exercise makes you eat more – unless you think it’s fun

Does exercise make you eat more? It seems the answer is ‘yes’, but not for the reasons you might expect. According to the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, it has nothing to do with your body wanting to make up for burned calories and everything to do with rewarding yourself for making the effort. In two studies, they led two groups of adults on a two-mile walk around a lake. They told one group they...

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Run for your life? Maybe not

Run for your life? Maybe not

I’m all for promoting the benefits of exercise, and it’s interesting to see there’s some evidence that exercise during chemotherapy can help to shrink tumours, but I’m not impressed by the image of people running, or the glibness of this researcher when he says “People don’t take a drug and then sit down all day.” People’s reaction to chemotherapy varies...

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Why the world needs more Katy Barfields

Why the world needs more Katy Barfields

One of the joys of being a journalist is that I get to interview people that I would have little or no chance of talking to in my everyday life. And just about everyone has something interesting to say. But the real joy is coming across someone like Katy Barfield. As founding CEO of Second Bite, Katy takes food that would otherwise go to landfill to a  Sacred Heart Mission in Melbourne where...

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If fear of death doesn’t motivate us, what will?

If fear of death doesn’t motivate us, what will?

Now researchers are suggesting that they may be able to tailor a ‘survival’ diet for people who have had breast cancer. But I wonder how closely we’d stick to it? We already know that regular exercise can reduce the chances of recurrence yet, according to this American study, only one in three women living with breast cancer is meeting current physical activity guidelines. When we’re first...

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A new test predicts whether breast cancer will spread

A new test predicts whether breast cancer will spread

When I used to smoke 80 Marlborough Reds a day I had no fear of dying from lung cancer. I knew that it generally takes a few decades to develop, so I was confident there would be a cure by the time I needed one. Back then, most people thought of cancer much like TB or polio – a single disease that would eventually respond to a single treatment or immunisation. Now, of course, we know that cancer...

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