ED­I­TOR LIZ KEAR­NEY

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE - WITH EIL­ISH O’RE­GAN

Hi

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!

Liz

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