LIFE AND STYLE

Can’t sleep? Perhaps you’re overtired

Can’t sleep? Perhaps you’re overtired

Nerina Ramlakhan remembers when her daughter was a toddler, and how if she got too tired she would be unable to switch off. “There was a healthy level of tiredness,” she says. “But if she went beyond that, she would be running on a kind of false energy. And then she wouldn’t be able to […]

Instagram is supposed to be friendly. So why is it making people so miserable?

Instagram is supposed to be friendly. So why is it making people so miserable?

hen 24-year-old fashion blogger Scarlett Dixon posted a picture of herself having breakfast, the internet turned nasty. “The best of days start with a smile and positive thoughts. And pancakes. And strawberries. And bottomless tea,” Dixon wrote on her scarlettlondon Instagram feed, under an image of her looking flawless on a freshly made bed flanked by heart-shaped helium balloons. […]

Diet advice and tiny seats: how to avoid 10 forms of fatphobia

Diet advice and tiny seats: how to avoid 10 forms of fatphobia

s a 115kg (18st) woman who refuses to diet, unapologetically wears short shorts and eats tiramisu, I have experienced and witnessed a lot of fatphobia. This is a form of bigotry that equates fatness with ugliness, inferiority and immorality. In my new book You Have the Right to Remain Fat, I talk a lot about how […]

Experience: I can’t picture things in my mind

Experience: I can’t picture things in my mind

was seven when, in hindsight, I first questioned my imagination. I remember watching the first Harry Potter film and my friend, who was a huge fan, was complaining that the characters weren’t how she imagined them to be. I couldn’t understand what she meant because, in my mind, they had never been images at all, […]

Seven ways to improve your distance running

Seven ways to improve your distance running

The golden rule If you are training to run further, always obey the 10% rule. That is: never increase your weekly mileage by more than 10% and never increase your longest run by more than 10%. The vast majority of running injuries are the result of overuse. Your body is capable of astonishing adaptations, but […]

Why don’t British workers call in sick any more?

Why don’t British workers call in sick any more?

his week’s news that the number of days taken off because of sickness in the UK has fallen to a record low has been met at best by puzzlement and at worst suspicion. Are we really becoming so much healthier as a nation – and so much more committed as a workforce – or are there other […]

I was taunted for having two mums in the 1980s

I was taunted for having two mums in the 1980s

Jeers of “Lara the Lezzie” accompanied me as I walked down the hallway. A girl at school had outed my family to the entire class. It wasn’t easy being the daughter of lesbians in the 1980s. Many of my friends’ parents had married right out of high school and started families shortly thereafter. LGBT families […]

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