We've become terrified of the word fat, not for what it actually means but for all it implies. To be fat is no longer just about having more fat cells, a purely physical thing. It's also an indication that we're unhealthy, lazy, greedy, burdensome or lacking restraint and discipline.
I made him leave the room when the nurses would come to change my bag, with my mum guarding the door until she'd finished. I made sure not to take my top off around him or expose my stomach. I was certain that in order to still be pretty to him i'd have to be fully clothed at all time.
I knew that I might not survive. The cancer was highly aggressive and the surgeries were very risky, carrying a 50% percent paralysis risk. At times I was tempted to focus on the injustice of it all. I'd done nothing to deserve this, but no cancer patient ever does. So, instead of staring hopelessly at the bleakness of my situation I determined to be positive...
Helene Joffe, Professor of Psychology at UCL, has found that most people's aspirations for living in cities are for friendlier places, with more space and the ability to travel. Generally, we want to be able to travel to see friends and family, we want conviviality, good health, safety, and employment.
"Everyone is coming to get their children vaccinated and I like to be one of the first," said Samira at a primary health centre in Damascus where she brought her five year old daughter to be vaccinated.
There is always that one pair of pants, that will always fit and that one dress that never really fitted but after a good flu or vomiting bug will look incredible on you for the 1 day you can sustain that weight before you must eat or drink water.
I'm not saying everyone who suffers from Generalised Anxiety Disorder thinks like this, I'm sure there are many GAD folk who would love a luxury cruise. This is just the way my irrepressible, inscrutable, outrageous head operates.
Anything which makes epilepsy slightly more mainstream is to be welcomed so that kids can feel like they aren't so weird after all. And why the bags River Island pushed out in conjunction with Epilepsy Action should be a good thing. 'Seize the day' they said - what a lark! Look at us eppys, nature's fruit cakes, laughing at ourselves and soldiering on. Look at us eppys, nature's fruit cakes, laughing at ourselves and soldiering on. What a hoot! We even shop in the High Street despite ourselves. But strangely enough, they aren't right. There is something odd about them.
Let's face it, when it comes to weight-loss we're always on the lookout for the latest food group to celebrate or villainise. We've been through almost every food group, labelling each one as either a health saviour, or evil villain...
Sometimes in life, letting go of that control can be exactly what we need to really know ourselves. That day playing football in a one-time down-and-out community, made me realise breaking our boundaries can be fulfilling and enjoyable.
It's in the ordinary where we now find so much joy. Being together as a family, watching a film together, seeing Rog teach Sam how to play chess, and Flo grab an armful of books and snuggle up in bed next to her dad.
It worth noting though that the body is a complex system with lots of working parts and it can often be difficult to identify the exact cause of pain, particularly in the low back. So if you are experiencing pain it is important to seek the help of somebody suitable qualified, such as a physiotherapist or chiropractor.
There is one story dominating healthcare headlines right now - the government's pledge to deliver "a truly seven-day NHS". It's a commitment we all welcome in principle, but with dwindling GP numbers, tight budgets and concerns over existing primary and secondary care workloads, it has prompted a collective eyebrow raise and the question, 'how'?
Children and new born babies have been hit hardest. We estimate that the lives of almost 18,000 mothers and babies could be at risk, unless urgent action is taken to restore healthcare systems. In addition, the latest statistics show that around twelve babies are being born every hour without access to basic healthcare.
The spa at Kamalaya is set amongst an abundance of nature. Treatment rooms are little thermoses overlooking the beach. Evening treatments are a bonus as they allow you to watch the sun set over the ocean just as you open your weary eyes to reality again. Kamalaya's main focus is on your mind, body and soul.
The Dutch are a contented lot, but it's not tulip fields and clogs that are keeping them happy. Over in the Netherlands they've worked out the ways to make life for themselves just that little bit better.