Health & nutrition
When I was a teenager, my weight started to creep out of control. I struggled to maintain it, much to the concern of my slim parents.
Chinayd O'Sullivan thought her neck was in knots, but reality was much worse.
Scientists have discovered a new link between childhood obesity and early puberty.
Desperate mothers and fathers growing their own cannabis or importing oil to treat their seriously ill children.
Solo mum of two "rapt" she will soon be able to take both her sons to the doctor for free.
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For years, pop-opera superstar Geoff Sewell's voice brought only pain to his autistic daughter Sienna.
A teen's experience of schizophrenia-like symptoms were frightening, but she didn't have a psychotic episode, she had encephalitis.
Calling a girl "too fat" may increase her chances of being obese in the future, new research suggests.
One day, Tessa Gallo was a typical 12-year-old, the next she was as frantic as a caged animal. Then she stopped talking.
A teenager charting his fight against cancer has farewelled his thousands of Facebook followers with a final thumbs up.
We can't seem to get our son remotely interested in cooking. How do we get him interested in learning how to cook for himself?
Three pint-sized triplets have taken up boxing and it's not the first time they've had to put up a fight.
Jaysea Devoe is very zen, befitting her job as a yoga instructor - and she's just 12 years old.
Linda and Lou Pelletier took their daughter to hospital last year to see a specialist. That didn't happen - instead they lost custody of her.
Alice Taylor lost her long locks yesterday to raise money to combat cancer, which has cut a swathe through her family.
... for having an eating disorder. Was that the right thing to do?
Teens who smoke heavily could be changing the structure of their brains according to a new study.
Spike in teens with head lice attributed to head-to-head contact of selfies by health expert.
People think your child should 'just get over it', that it's a vanity issue, that a bit of tough love will fix everything.
This powerful, award-winning short film gives a teen perspective on eating disorders.
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