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Body positive blogger says that ‘becoming fat saved her life’

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Every story about plus size women inevitably attracts comments from people lambasting them for being obese drains on the NHS.

But what these keyboard doctors don’t seem to consider is that perhaps being larger is the healthier option for some people.

Body positive blogger Danica Marjanović is a prime example.

She suffered from body dysmorphia as a teenager when she was a size 10 – and she says she’s much happier now at a size 16.

And no, she’s not here for any health concerns.

‘I can’t tell you how many fake health concerns/bullying/ body shaming comments I get that start with “I am all for self-love BUT you should be working out… Read the full story

Does being stoned improve your sex life?

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Feelings we commonly associate with being stoned are giggliness and a sense of calm. 

And although it’s not often talked about, loads of people also report getting horny as hell after smoking weed.

It’s a very welcome side effect for most, but there is some debate over whether it actually helps or hinders your sex life. After all, whether it’s drink, drugs, or even caffeine, everybody reacts differently to different substances.

One study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, found that those who smoked marijuana reported having around 20% more sex than those who didn’t. While those figures were part of a survey (meaning people might have not always… Read the full story

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I’m sorry but Christmas eve boxes are complete and utter lunacy

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12 days of Christmas
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I love Christmas. 

I’m hand-making gingerbread decorations for my tree this year. I’ve picked a colour scheme for my wrapping papers and as an only semi-lapsed Catholic I do actually love Midnight Mass and church on Christmas morning.

So the last thing I can be accused of is being a Grinch. But, all that said, we need to have a chat about Christmas eve boxes.

In case you haven’t heard of these things, a Christmas eve box is a box of presents for Christmas eve – not bought by Father Christmas or part of your ‘main’ presents but totally separately for Christ Eve.

Typically the box is filled with… Read the full story

The best Cyber Monday beauty deals we’ve seen today

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The best Cyber Monday beauty deals we've seen today
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Cyber Monday has arrived and while many eager shoppers grabbed a beauty Black Friday bargain, there are yet more offers and discounts on beauty products not to be missed.

This year our favourite online retailers and beauty brands from Lookfantastic to Charlotte Tilbury, are offering up deals and discounts codes that would make any beauty lover swoon.

So whether you want to upgrade your skincare routine, stock up on new makeup products for the new season, or finish up your Christmas shopping, we’ve got the best Cyber Monday beauty deals that will have you sorted in seconds.

Space NK

www.spacenk.com

Receive a full-size… Read the full story

It’s a great day for interracial relationships and mixed race girls everywhere

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So it’s finally happened.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced that they’re tying the knot.

Now I’m no royalist but even I’m excited – and not just to find out what dress she’s going to be donning (although, obv, waiting with bated breath).

People: we’re about to get our first ever mixed-race princess. I know technically she’ll be a duchess but she’s marrying a prince so I think we’re on safe ground.

And she’s marrying a redhead! Two great minorities merging into one (not that I’m biased, as a mixed race woman dating my own ginger dude…).

A mixed race, divorced, non-British actress is about to join our royal family! THIS… Read the full story

Why the smoking ban in mental health hospitals is cruel

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Is the ban unfair? (Picture: Getty)

Smoking is now banned in every NHS mental health unit in England, under the terms of the Health Act in 2007.

Now some hospitals in England and Wales, and all hospitals in Scotland, are bringing in a blanket ban so there is no smoking in the grounds at all.

I feel this is cruel and unusual.

10 simple things to improve your life if you have schizophrenia

For a start, when you stay in a mental health unit – for anywhere from a few days to a number of months –… Read the full story

How people live on low wages: £19k a year

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Given that the average UK salary is £28,758 (according to the Office for National Statistics), what’s it like living on a lower wage?

As part of Money Month, we’re opening up the purse strings to find out how people get by on much less.

We spoke to Kirran*, a 25-year-old who currently earns £16,000 as a local reporter and a further £3,000 as a freelance copywriter.

She tells Metro.co.uk: ‘My biggest weakness is food but always try to cut back on transport and clothes. I prefer experiences to things’.

This is how she manages:

Renting and utilities

I live with my parents in London, so I don’t have to pay the… Read the full story

Check out this couple’s incredible wedding photoshoot – inside a volcano!

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BLUE VOLCANO WEDDING
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Most people choose a country garden or picturesque meadow for their wedding shots.

But not Danny Ong and Krystle Tee.

They decided they wanted to do something a little different for their wedding photoshoot, opting to go right into the crater of a volcano.

They enlisted the help of photographer Keow wee Loong to take the stunning images, which are set on the backdrop of the Ijen volcano complex in Indonesia.

Vegan and paraffin-free candles to buy this Christmas

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My name is Jessica and I’m addicted to scented candles.

Take me into Jo Malone or the homewares section of pretty much any department store and I start to resemble a police sniffer dog, searching for the musky, delicious scent I want.

It's a great day for interracial relationships and mixed race girls everywhere

Then, this weekend I was given a bit of a wake-up call at a Christmas fair from a lovely woman who made candles (for the De Beauvoir Candle Co.). All wax is not created equal.

Paraffin wax is what most companies use to make their candles. It’s cheaper and… Read the full story

Research suggests that married men are better off physically and financially

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Obviously I think that my husband benefits from being married because he gets the daily joy of being around me and the privilege of looking upon my visage each morning. 

But according to research by Credit Angel, it’s not just my husband whose life has been improve by marriage. Married men apparently benefit across the board from being in a committed relationship.

Salary 

Married men tend to earn more. In fact academics at the University of Bielefeld in Germany found that married men earn almost a third more than single men do.

In the USA, the Institute for Family Studies also found that married mend made around $16,000 more than… Read the full story

This bat biting off more banana than she can chew is us every Monday

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Miss Alisha the rescue bat eating banana in Queensland, Australia
U OK HUN? (Picture: Batzilla the Bat/YouTube)

Oh, Monday, you cruel mistress.

Much of the world hates you, and just the thought of you gives many anxiety on a Sunday night.

Despite all the best intentions in the world, you’ll probably wake up late, miss the train and spill your coffee on yourself.

You’ll have to lead a meeting you’d totally forgotten about, before realising you forgot your lunch and you left your gym kit at home (for a class you’ll get charged to cancel).

Life, eh? And no-one else empathises with this overwhelming feeling of crushing doom than this poor old fruit bat… Read the full story

This football team is calling out racism in grassroots football

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Football is a rough game as it is.

But for one team, they’re deciding to challenge the racism directed towards their team and implore the FA to resolve it ‘fast’.

After spending several hours in A&E with a teammate whose nose was’‘broken in a vicious assault and intentionally head-butted during a football game’, a FC Peterborough player felt compelled to share on Facebook that it wasn’t merely an isolated incident.

Zahid Hamid, finance professional and player said this wasn’t the first time the team have faced incidents against them.

‘Playing in the league, we’ve had to develop thick skin hearing slurs of ‘Paki’, ‘I will deport you’ and ‘shave your… Read the full story

Cornwall is home to the world’s best cheese

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Rejoice cheese lovers.

We already know that cheese may be a superfood and there’s even a cheese festival.

But if you’ve always wondered which fromage comes up trumps, you can settle this crucial debate once and for all.

Forget Halloumi, brie or even an Italian obscure brand because the best cheese has been named.

And surprisingly, it’s British.

Cornish Kern has been given the top accolade at 30th annual World Cheese Awards in London last week.

The alpine-style cheese made by the UK’s Lynher Dairies Cheese Company is a relative newcomer, given that it’s only a few years in development.

The medium-hard buttery cheese which has caramel notes was given the trophy among… Read the full story

Men – we need to start being more open about how divorce affects our mental health

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Divorce. It is one of the most difficult and stressful of life events, and is faced by thousands upon thousands of us each year.

In spite of the statistics, I never thought I’d be one of them. Until, after nearly nine years of marriage, I was.

In 2016 over 106,000 opposite-sex marriages ended in divorce. But what happens next? How do we pick up the pieces and start again?

Male mental health: I lost my dad to suicide at 17, and then experienced depression myself

And… Read the full story

These animals caught in the rain are basically us trying to get to work this morning

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A very wet, bedraggled, angry cat
Me when my colleague asks how my journey in was (Picture: Splitpics.uk)

The thing with living in the UK is that although we know we have autumn every year, we’re still never quite prepared for it.

The number of train journeys delayed or cancelled because of leaves on the lines is quite astounding. There are leaves on the line every bloomin’ year – how is this still a surprise to you, train companies of England? How is this still a surprise?

However, I take a hypocritical stance there, as I personally am taken aback by the rain. Every. Single. Year.

Without fail, I will dress… Read the full story

How I came to terms with my chronic illness diagnosis

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Fibromyalgia causes pain all over my body (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

I have had my fair share, some may say more than than my fair share, of chronic illness diagnoses.

One of the hardest to come to terms with has been fibromyalgia.

What is fibromyalgia? Everything you need to know about the chronic condition

Some people are hit with a diagnosis suddenly. This can be incredibly shocking and scary.

A diagnosis of fibromyalgia is the complete opposite; some people have symptoms for years, with doctors working through different diagnoses, hunting for the right label.

It can feel like you’re being called a fraud,… Read the full story

‘When we lose love, love of others is what helps us,’ we talk death and grieving with Julia Samuel MBE on Mentally Yours

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‘I think the main thing is to acknowledge it – you don’t have to fix somebody but just be kind.

‘I think the main thing is kindness, to say ‘I’m sorry’, not to turn away.

‘Often people say bring food but I think it’s mainly (important to) be present.’

Julia Samuel MBE gave her advice about how to support someone who is grieving the loss of a friend or relative.

5 reasons why everyone needs to start talking about death

The psychotherapist and author of Grief Works: Stories Of Life, Death And Surviving, joined us on our weekly mental health podcast, Mentally Yours.

She said: ‘What I think people find difficult is where people don’t know what to say so they don’t say anything at all and then there is this big elephant in the room that is never discussed or voiced.

‘People feel lonely when they’re grieving anyway, you know they… Read the full story

Mum’s viral photo shows that two pregnancies are never the same

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Pregnancy is a pretty nerve-wracking thing to go through at the best of times.

Growing a human inside of you for nine months is not only painful but if it’s your first, you haven’t a clue what constitutes as normal.

Added to that is the fact that as soon as it becomes obvious that you’re with child, the world and his wife want to share their opinions and experiences.

Which can prompt mums to start comparing their bumps without stopping to consider that no two bumps are the same.

Even on the same person.

Laura Mazza, AKA Mum on the Run, has posted a side-by-side comparison of her at 14-weeks in her… Read the full story

The best Cyber Monday fashion deals and discounts you need to know about

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Cyber Monday is in full swing and the spending frenzy continues.

metro illustrationsWhat I wish people knew about mental health and recovery

If you’re yet to indulge in a little retail therapy and didn’t grab a Black Friday bargain, there’s still time as some of our favourite stores, including Boohoo and Missguided, are offering up to 50% off every.single.thing.

And we’ve saved you time searching for the perfect deal and put a list together of the best offers available today, so you can keep one step ahead and nab that winter coat you’ve been… Read the full story

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