Going Up In Smoke: Weight gain when you quit smoking

  Many people seem to gain a couple of kilos when they quit smoking, but is it really a problem? Well, the jury’s been out for a while on this one, and the verdict seems to be: forget your weight and focus solely on the puffs (or lack of them). It’s not often in this day and age that health...

Breast Cancer

  Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death among women. Current statistics show that one in 11 Australian women is likely to have breast cancer. Men can get breast cancer too, although only one per cent of all breast cancer patients are men. Risk factors Unfortunately, the cause of breast cancer is unknown. It is likely that...

Food Guide For Pregnancy

  If you are pregnant, or if you are trying to fall pregnant, a good diet is a top priority. Good nutrition can have a big impact on your own health and the health of your unborn baby. Calorie Requirements During Pregnancy The energy required during pregnancy varies considerably from person to person. This reflects wide differences in the body's...

What You Must Know About Type 2 Diabetes and Children

  Did you know that type 2 diabetes in young people is on the increase in Australia? It's important to think about whether your child is at risk of this health problem, and what you can do to help prevent it. Read on to find out more. What is Diabetes? The diabetic condition is one in which the body doesn’t...

Breastfeeding and Weight Control

  After the birth of your baby, you probably expect to bounce back to your pre-pregnancy weight. Be aware that this can take time! Everyone knows that breastfeeding is good for the baby, but it's also one way to help you lose weight gained during the pregnancy. How many extra daily calories are required for breastfeeding and how can it...

School’s In: Lunchbox lessons

  During a long day at school, little brains work overtime concentrating on learning their lessons. To keep them full of energy all day, children need a healthy lunch. Every parent wants to do what's best for their child, but as we try to cram even more into our already hectic lives packing a nutritious lunch (for both children and...

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Body image and you

    When Snow White’s wicked stepmother asked her mirror who was the fairest of them all, she expected to be told it was herself. We don’t have the same sense of arrogance  when we look in the mirror – more the opposite problem in fact! Many women, and some men, struggle to find even one thing they like about...

Coeliac Disease

  Some people are sensitive to a protein in cereals called gluten. When eaten, gluten causes changes in the lining of the upper part of the intestine which impairs its ability to absorb nutrients from food. The condition is therefore sometimes called gluten sensitive enteropathy (intestinal damage). For many years the condition has been recognised in children and called coeliac disease,...

Weight Control for Children and Teenagers

    Childhood is the time when food preferences and eating patterns are formed. It has been estimated that 30% of Australian school children are overweight. Unless intervention occurs early, overweight children will tend to become overweight teenagers, and in turn overweight adults. Although weight problems may run in families, it is often the faulty eating habits of the parents...

Pregnancy and Weight Control

  Women who are very overweight (or very underweight) at the start of pregnancy are at greater risk of developing complications during pregnancy or at delivery. For the overweight woman, these include high blood pressure, hypertension or pregnancy (toxaemia), caesarean birth, kidney ailments, gestational diabetes and a long labour. If you’re pregnant or considering pregnancy, make sure you have a...