Health & Wellness
 

December 2, 2021

 
With the lost hour thanks to the time change, we have a guide to help you sleep better, from picking a pillow to foods you should and shouldn’t eat before bed. On the nutrition front, dietitian Leslie Beck writes about a new study on eating fish and the risk of heart disease. And after one year of pandemic lockdowns, we look at how working from home is affecting people's mental health, and ask notable Canadians to predict what life will look like postpandemic.

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Nutrition news
 
How can you help an overweight child? Start by dropping the ‘D’ word
How can you help an overweight child? Start by dropping the ‘D’ word
 

Leslie Beck

If your child is carrying excess weight, it's natural to be concerned for his or her health and happiness or worry about bullying at school.
 
Deciding how to address a child's weight problem, though, deserves careful consideration. How you tackle the issue can have harmful and lifelong consequences.
 
Several studies have found that encouraging children and adolescents to diet in order to lose weight is associated with unhealthy weight-control behaviours, lower self-esteem and poor body image. Until recently, it's been unclear whether these unhealthy effects last into adulthood.
 
According to a study published this month in the journal Pediatrics, they do. But that's not all. The results revealed that the practice of encouraging kids to diet is passed on to future generations.
 
 
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From the archives
 
Will a soup cleanse help me safely lose weight?
Will a soup cleanse help me safely lose weight?
 

Leslie Beck

 
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Find calorie-counting cumbersome? Focus on diet quality instead
Find calorie-counting cumbersome? Focus on diet quality instead
 

Leslie Beck

 
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Diet wars: How low-carb and low-fat weight-loss schemes are based on the same homespun wisdom
Diet wars: How low-carb and low-fat weight-loss schemes are based on the same homespun wisdom
 

Alex Hutchinson

 
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Fitness tips
 
Holding your breath during training can improve performance
Holding your breath during training can improve performance
 

Alex Hutchinson

Oxygen, to the well-trained modern athlete, is a luxury to be indulged in only in moderation.
 
By travelling to high-altitude mountain training camps, sleeping in depressurized altitude tents, and strapping on altitude-simulating masks for workouts, athletes force their bodies to adapt to the scarcity of oxygen so that, when it comes time to compete in normal air, they'll have an extra zip in their step.
 
But there may be a simpler and more economical way of reaping some of the same benefits, according to several recent studies: Just hold your breath while dashing through a series of short sprints.
 
 
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It’s time to let go of the notion you can’t be fat and fit
It’s time to let go of the notion you can’t be fat and fit
 

PAUL LANDINI

 
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Health news
 
Why drugs for ‘orphan’ diseases are a booming business with colossal costs for patients
 

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Why drugs for ‘orphan’ diseases are a booming business with colossal costs for patients
 

Kelly Grant

 
Health reporter
HEALTH CARE
 

Why drugs like these for 'orphan' diseases are a booming business with colossal costs for patients

Powerful new pharmaceuticals are promising to change the lives of those who suffer from rare diseases. But with some governments balking at covering the sky-high cost of those drugs, writes Kelly Grant, patients are insisting they shouldn't be asked to keep suffering – or find a way to pay
 
 
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What you need to know about new breast cancer screening technologies
 

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What you need to know about new breast cancer screening technologies
 

Carly Weeks

 
Health Reporter
 
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Wellness trends
 
Why our insatiable appetite for wellness isn’t helping in the long run
Why our insatiable appetite for wellness isn’t helping in the long run
 

Gayle MacDonald

BOOKS
 

Why our insatiable appetite for wellness isn't helping in the long run

Detox, meditation, colonic irrigation and then some: Is our obsession with wellness books and gurus bringing us the relief we crave?
 
The first 100 pages of Brigid Delaney's book Wellmania: Extreme Misadventures in the Search for Wellness are devoted to a crazy, 101-day detox she did to purge all the evil toxins she'd accumulated from years as a carefree, single party gal.
 
 
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Diving into the deep end on YouTube to learn how to swim
 

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Diving into the deep end on YouTube to learn how to swim
 

COREY MINTZ

 
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ICYMI
 
Diabetes-fighting cheesies? How food companies are trying to make healthier junk food
 

Justin Poulsen

  Diabetes-fighting cheesies? How food companies are trying to make healthier junk food
 

Susan Peters

 
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ASTROLOGY
 
Your daily horoscope: December 2
Your daily horoscope: December 2
 
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