Five types of food to increase your psychological well-being

Megan Lee, Southern Cross University and Joanne Bradbury, Southern Cross University We all know eating “healthy” food is good for our physical health and can decrease our risk of developing diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease. What is not as well known is that eating healthy food is also good for our mental health and … Continue reading “Five types of food to increase your psychological well-being”

Thinking You’re ‘On a Diet’ is Half the Problem – Here’s How to be a Mindful Eater

Megan Lee, Southern Cross University Adult obesity rates began to increase dramatically in Western society in the 1980s, due to an increase in the popularity and consumption of high-energy convenience foods. Alongside this, a new trend in dieting occurred, with many people trying new and often unsuccessful ways to restrict their food intake and lose … Continue reading “Thinking You’re ‘On a Diet’ is Half the Problem – Here’s How to be a Mindful Eater”

We Asked Five Experts: Do I Have to Drink Eight Glasses of Water per Day?

Alexandra Hansen, The Conversation Everyone knows humans need water and we can’t survive without it. We’ve all heard we should be aiming for eight glasses, or two litres of water per day. This target seems pretty steep when you think about how much water that actually is, and don’t we also get some water from … Continue reading “We Asked Five Experts: Do I Have to Drink Eight Glasses of Water per Day?”

Is Playtime Good for Children?

Worried that your children have too much playtime? Don’t be – it could help set them up for academic and career success. A study by researchers at Deakin University found that play-based learning, or learning set in the context of play, can foster children’s ability in exploring, experimenting and solving problems in “imaginative and playful … Continue reading “Is Playtime Good for Children?”

Research Check: Will Eating ‘Ultra-Processed’ Foods Give You Cancer?

Clare Collins, University of Newcastle A recent study exploring the relationship between what are termed “ultra-processed” foods (which include chicken nuggets, pot noodles and ready-made meals) and cancer, generated headlines such as: Processed foods are driving up rates of cancer… and Study reveals the foods driving up cancer rates The latter report in the NZ … Continue reading “Research Check: Will Eating ‘Ultra-Processed’ Foods Give You Cancer?”

Are High Heels Bad for Your Health? Two Experts Review the Evidence

Max Barnish, University of Exeter and Heather May Morgan, University of Aberdeen The answer to the question: “Are high heels bad for your health?” may seem obvious to some. There is copious research into the manifold ways that high heels affect their wearers’ well-being, but it is highly fragmented, often focusing on specific health issues. … Continue reading “Are High Heels Bad for Your Health? Two Experts Review the Evidence”

Should Women Exercise During and After Pregnancy?

Nigel Stepto, Victoria University and Cheryce Harrison, Monash University Michelle Bridges was this week branded “irresponsible” and accused of providing a “poor message” to new mums following an Instagram post of her workout one month after giving birth. The workout boasts 56 minutes of exercise – 32 minutes of jogging and 24 minutes of walking … Continue reading “Should Women Exercise During and After Pregnancy?”

Kids’ Vitamin Gummies: Unhealthy, Poorly Regulated and Exploitative

Ken Harvey, Monash University; Eliza Li, Monash University; Rosemary Stanton, UNSW, and Stuart Dashper, University of Melbourne There are many brands of kids’ “gummies” on the market. They are promoted as deliciously flavoured and a great way for growing bodies (and fussy eaters) to get the nutrients they need. The “active” ingredients are usually listed … Continue reading “Kids’ Vitamin Gummies: Unhealthy, Poorly Regulated and Exploitative”