Wellbeing

$67K fine

Should #thinspiration be a crime?

Discussions about the impact of anorexia and pro-ana sites in Australia have been largely hidden from the public.

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI 7:23am A Italian bill that could result in fines of $67,000 for pro-anorexia websites sets a new benchmark.

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Digital detox

Have you tried switching off?

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Linda McSweeny Linda McSweeny and her family go device-free in the hope of reconnecting and finding calm.

Healthy habits

How to stay youthful, inside and out

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Paula Goodyer There's growing evidence that what we do to boost our health on the inside can improve how we look on the outside too.

The Oprah of Instagram: have a lightbulb moment with this artist's insta-wisdom

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Artist Amber Ibarreche's uses her Instagram account will not only put a smile on anyone's face, but also lend solid life advice for when you're feeling down.

RU486

What it's like to take the abortion pill

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Lydia Kae* One woman's experience with RU-486.

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Body image

5 things you should know about me, a fat girl who wears revealing clothes

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Erin McKelle I don't believe there is anything inherently wrong or bad about being fat. In fact, I love being fat.

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Honest advertising

These white pants and blue fluid-free tampon ads are hilarious

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Effie Mann But, seriously, how will we know the products work if there's no woman turning cartwheels?

Tree of life

Inside the world of human placentophagia

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Jackie Dent Jackie Dent explores the pros and cons of saving - and ingesting - the afterbirth.

Only the lonely

The truth about loneliness

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Erin O'Dwyer Loneliness is not just a sad condition - it's also dangerous for your health.

A definitive answer

Is sleeping in underwear bad for us? A definitive answer at last

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Ali Benton There's theories, rumours and old wives tales... but there's also gynaecologists. So we asked one.

There's no 'right' kind of body, so let's give up the search

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Clementine Ford Clementine Ford's guide to the imperfect bikini body.

Enough already

Have we reached 'peak gratitude'?

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CATHERINE RODIE Unless you are a social media pariah, you are probably aware that gratitude has taken over social media.

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Befriending anxiety

How to be a good friend to someone with depression or anxiety

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Melissa Pearce After a bestie break-up, Melissa Pearce provides a primer for future friends.

Mental health

Finally, we're talking about mental illness like adults

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Rebecca Ruiz Williams' death -- the first high-profile, celebrity suicide in the age of social media -- marks a unique cultural moment.

Snooze 'n' lose

How to lose weight in your sleep

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Aileen Nakhle A new study has found that sleeping in a cooler room can boost your metabolism.

New research

Exercise cuts breast cancer risk 10 per cent

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Melissa Healy A study has found that a modest amount of exercise drives down breast cancer risk.

Sex re-education

Here's everything you need to know about contraception

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RACHEL CLUN It's probably been a few years since you sat in a sex-ed class in high school, so here's a refresher course.

Sleep 101

All your sleep-related questions answered

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AILEEN NAKHLE Everything you ever wanted to know about sleep, as explained by an expert.

Mental health

How schizophrenics around the world describe the voices they hear

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Alice Robb The British Journal of Psychiatry offers a new perspective on how schizophrenia is experienced across cultures.

Food-mood link

Does your diet actually influence your mood?

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Paula Goodyer We’ve known for a while that exercise can improve depression but could a healthier diet also help improve your mood?

Positive habits

The one word you need to learn to say

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Laura Shin There is one little habit that will make you happier and more productive.

Joyful genes

Did you know that happiness is inherited?

Parents, find the time to do the things you love. You kids will learn happiness from you that way.

Heidi Stevens We grow up witnessing and measuring every one of our parents' emotions.

Bedtime habits

Are you guilty of 'bedtime procrastination'?

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RACHEL CLUN Feeling a little tired this morning? Perhaps this is why.

Fertility truths

The truth about fertility after the age of 35

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Nick Raine-Fenning A must-read for women concerned about their chances of conceiving later in life.

Women's sexual health

The global impact of the female condom

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Natasha Khan and Ketaki Gokhale “Female condoms gives women a choice to say: ‘Okay, if you don’t want to wear one, I will.’”

Weekend work

Is it healthy to work through your weekend?

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Alexandra Tselios Finding the flexibility to work in a way that is conducive to nurturing other important areas of life.

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Disorderly eating

How I finally said no to my eating disorder

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Robyn Cruze-Harrington Actor Robyn Cruze-Harrington looks back on the moment that changed the course of her 18-year battle with food.

Mindful workplace

How to make mindfulness work at work

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Andrew May Everybody's talking about the benefits of being mindful, so how to build it into your day?

Finding balance

How to have a healthier working day

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Paula Goodyer We have to get serious about breaking up the long bouts of uninterrupted sitting.

Silent treatment

The healing power of silence

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Lindy Alexander Finding time for peace and quiet brings many rewards, writes Lindy Alexander.

Smart choices

How to choose the healthiest - and tastiest - yoghurt

Vanilla Poached pears & apples, served with muesli and yoghurt. Tobie Puttock BREAKFAST recipes for Sunday Life. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Leesa O'Reilly. Recipe testing by Clare Flynn.
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Susie Burrell Susie Burrell on which yoghurt you should be putting on top of your muesli.

Food and friendship

You need to stop the 'I'm so bad' talk

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ANNIE STEVENS And other ways that food impacts on your friendships.

Winter health

The upside to winter

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Linda Moon While cold weather can give you the blues, winter also brings plenty to be positive about, writes Linda Moon.

The P word

The P word

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Hannah Betts Yes, this is a feature about menstruation. And what's wrong with that? Hannah Betts asks why the subject of periods is still taboo.

Kids and body image

Children's body image issues begin worryingly early

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Effie Mann Australian children experience body image issues long before they reach their teens, a new study has found.

Straighten up

Is slouching making you sad?

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SARAH BERRY Poor posture isn't just bad for your back.

Stress less

Did you know that stress is actually contagious?

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SARAH BERRY Stress can be as as contagious as a cold, new research has found.

The science of shyness

Are introverts always shy?

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Sian Prior Sian Prior's quest to understand her own shyness.

60s diets v today

As suspected, diets have never worked

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Niki Bezzant Vintage advice shows us there's nothing really new about modern weight-loss theory.

Birth stories

The honour and the heartbreak of rural midwifery

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Fiona McArthur You never know what to expect when a baby is being born, but it's an honour to be there, writes Fiona McArthur.

Sun worship

Is sunshine addictive?

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Mark Griffiths Can research explain why so many of us continue to be "tan dependent" despite the health risks?

Winter musings

Why do some people feel the cold more than others?

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MELANIE KEMBREY There are reasons some feel the cold more or less than others and it's largely down to a mix of our shape, size, age and gender.

Cold prevention

Five ways to boost your immunity this winter

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Genevieve Rota You've heard it before and you'll hear it again: prevention is better than cure.

Oil pulling

What exactly is oil pulling and should you be doing it?

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MJ Angel We road test the ancient Ayurvedic practice to see if it is really beneficial or just plain BS.

The crying boom

The joy of crying

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Linda McSweeny There's something great about having a good, old-fashioned sob, writes Linda McSweeny.

Good advice

Things you should never say to someone who's just lost 35 kilos

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Kathleen Long When you're obese, people really notice when you start to lose weight.

Sitspo trend

#Sitspo: your new motivational best friend

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KATHLEEN LEE JOE Good riddance, #Fitspo! #Sitspo is your new motivational best friend.

Rhythm & snooze

Want to know what makes you tick?

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Cassy Small Getting in sync with your body clock offers the ability to make the most of your day by planning tasks for times when your body is naturally better equipped to handle them.

Naked statement

Why I posed naked on a Brooklyn street

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Denise Jolly When I walked around that Brooklyn street corner in March, I was present to every cell in my body. Each one was perfectly terrified.

Meditation 101

Diary of a (novice) meditator

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Collette Beck With her life in turmoil, Collette Beck takes a 21-day meditation challenge.

Fighting fatigue

You need to take your brain for a walk

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Ben Opipari Don't reach for caffeine or energy drinks to combat your mental fatigue.

Psychology 101

Make your bed if you want to succeed in life

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Jenee Osterheldt It can change your attitude, and when you come home it's there to welcome you.

Mental wellness

Seven simple ways to improve your mental health

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Yohana Desta Breathe in, breathe out, and upgrade your mental health with these seven simple tips.

Later pregnancy

Fertility is far from finished at 40

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Julia Llewellyn Smith As the rising abortion rate among women over 35 is blamed on their mistaken belief that they are 'past it', Julia Llewellyn Smith - who conceived in her mid-thirties - finds out the truth about later pregnancy.

'A fat girl dancing' video made me an internet sensation and a body image hero

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Whitney Thore A viral video made me famous but what happened next helped reach acceptance.

Hunger games

How a diet drove me to distraction

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Brigid Delaney When Brigid Delaney embarked on a controversial diet, it unleashed primitive food cravings that had her behaving in unexpected ways.

Routine maintenance

Are you living like a machine?

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Linda McSweeny Both body and mind suffer when the rhythm of life is pushed out of whack.

Nature lover

Nothing soothes the soul like being in nature

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Evelyn Lewin The good news for non nature lovers is, you can benefit from the great outdoors without even leaving your living room.

Stress effects

Can stress really make us sick?

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Kendall Powell It seems like a no-brainer that stress may make us more likely to succumb to viruses and other infections, but that’s a tough connection to make scientifically.

Must read

New book explores being transgender

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David Crary As transgender people strive to gain more acceptance and legal protection, they will soon have a hefty new resource to assist them.