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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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 that’s a...

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Exercise can help beat the binge – but forget the idea that you have to enjoy it

Exercise can help beat the binge – but forget the idea that you have to enjoy it

 I think Joanne Gerr is spot on in her post when she says: “Weight loss is an “inside job” — that is, individuals who desire to make a real change in their lives have to understand the emotional patterns behind eating behaviors to be able to make healthy choices that promote well being. Achieving weight loss and making peace with emotional eating has very little to do with food. Indeed,...

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Mindless eating is no fun

Mindless eating is no fun

I see that the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab are keeping up the good work of studying the psychology behind the way we eat. Their latest research suggests that we think that expensive food tastes better than less expensive food, even if it’s exactly the same. I find all of this stuff fascinating. I have long been a fan of Brian Wansink, the director of the Cornell Lab, and often quote...

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Bruised but not broken – thanks to vitamin D?

Bruised but not broken – thanks to vitamin D?

Yesterday I noted on Facebook that this article suggests that vitamin D can help you stay upright. I can only presume that poor Professor Mason was a bit flustered when she suggested that  there was ”overwhelming” evidence that adequate vitamin D with calcium was important in reducing falls as well as fractures. Well I have strong personal evidence that they don’t keep you on...

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