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...

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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...

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It’s cute to be greedy – as long as you’re thin

It’s cute to be greedy – as long as you’re thin

I woke on the sofa in the middle of the night to find a rerun of The Nanny on TV. Fran was crying and, to comfort her, the butler was putting something like cupcakes into her mouth. Apparently, one of the things that makes her so irresistible is her inability to resist food. It reminded me of Will and Grace, where Grace’s ability to eat everyone else under the table is a recurring plot...

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Binge eating disorder – or just inevitable dieting misery?

Binge eating disorder – or just inevitable dieting misery?

This article makes some interesting points about eating disorders, and binge eating disorder in particular. Surely everyone who has ever been on, and then ‘broken’, a diet would recognise the symptoms – eating quickly, feeling out of control and being unable to stop, then feeling deeply ashamed afterwards. Isn’t that the body’s natural response to what it sees as starvation? And surely...

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