EDITOR LIZ KEARNEY
Welcome to the latest edition of Health & Living magazine. This week, we’re taking a look at the psychology of overeating. In Ireland, 40pc of us are overweight, and our obesity crisis is growing. There are many factors at play here. But when it comes to our personal choices about the food we eat, one often overlooked aspect is the emotional side of eating — that is, eating for emotional or psychological reasons, rather than simply hunger. You might find yourself bingeing mindlessly on biscuits in front of the telly, or going back for second helpings when you’re actually full. But why do we do it? Julia Molony explores the complicated relationship between what we think and what we eat on pages 6 & 7.
On the cover this week is Dublin-based obstetrician Jennifer Hogan. Two years ago, at just 36, the fitness-loving doctor was diagnosed with breast cancer. Gruelling treatment left her feeling depleted and unable to exercise like before. But thanks to a specially designed class at DCU, she was able to join other recovering cancer patients on the path to fitness. On pages
8 & 9, Celine Naughton hears about her experience and finds out more about how exercise can improve your outlook when recovering from cancer.
David Coleman explores middle child syndrome on page 13, and Patricia Casey writes about personality disorder on page 11. Find out how to get healthy hair on pages 4 & 5 and read about the importance of iodine in your diet on page 9.
And there’s plenty more. Until next week!