weight loss, exercise

How to talk about weight

My mum has spent her life believing that she's fat and hating herself for it. Her dearest wish was to spare me that fate.

What's the best workout for you?

Group fitness or extreme solo workouts? Cardio or strength training? Here are some rules on choosing the right exercise for you.

Do you have the CMV virus?

It is one of the most common viral infections, but few people have heard of it.

Post-pregnancy weight challenge

Amelia Hicks, 35, dropped about 40kg of post-pregnancy weight in under a year.

The future of contraception

Remote-controlled chips. "No semen" pills. Internal ring that can kill off HIV. Birth control is set to go all James Bond.


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busy mum

Putting myself in timeout

I'm sitting on the floor in our living room, hiding under my son's car-printed duvet. It's dark under here. And quiet.

sleep deprivation

Coping with sleep deprivation

There's no failsafe way to get 8 hours sleep (sorry) and no substitute. But here are five things other busy mums do to feel more rested.


How to dial down holiday tension

Does your family tension rise during the holiday season? Everything from pressure-filled holiday events to overspending can cause quarrelling.

tummy ache

Periods may predict disease risk

Women who get their period before 10 or after 17 may have a higher risk of heart disease, stroke or high blood pressure, according to a new study.

Five reasons you're not losing weight

You're eating healthier food and you're moving more - so why is it still so hard to shift the kilos?

Sad woman, depressed, grieving

'I tried to kill my baby'

A few seconds during which Amanda tried to smother her son shaped what was to be a debilitating battle against postnatal depression.

Battling the BMI

You can have a healthy BMI but a too-high level of body fat: researchers are out to prove one size doesn’t fit all.


Small steps can reduce stress

Are you feeling used up by life's stress, family problems and a demanding job you can't turn off? Try these tips.

Sweet nothing

After diagnosing herself as a sugar addict, Veronica Schmidt tries to conquer her cravings.

Sad woman, depressed, grieving

Having another child after PND

It's when you start to feel on top of things that you decide you're up to throwing something else impossible into the mix.


Bikini pic goes viral

When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

Exercise can lead to weight gain

There is a predictor of whether exercise will help you lose or gain weight, a new study has found.

Pregnant and fighting cancer

Joy turned to devastation for the Gunstons when pregnant Amy was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

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'My wife is a warrior'

Jodi Browell underwent four months of chemotherapy while pregnant, and a double mastectomy just three weeks after giving birth.

Practising what she preaches

The Dr Libby brand is so strong that, like a supermodel or a rock star, Weaver no longer requires a surname.

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