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‘Healthy’ food companies need to distance themselves from the emotional language of toxic diet culture

Eating a burger doesn’t make you fat, eating more calories that you burn off each day eventually will (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

A fistful of fries, glistening with salt and dunked in ketchup, definitely isn’t the smartest, healthiest eating option.

But treating yourself to them occasionally won’t suddenly make your heart putter to a stop, your legs swell twice their size nor clog your arteries.

We don’t eat purely for the purposes of physical health. Eating is emotional. We eat for enjoyment, for pleasure, for comfort.

You’ll know that if you’ve ever eaten warming tomato soup when you’re feeling ill (it’s not actually packed with healing properties), had ice cream from the tub… Read the full story

Watch dogs enjoying a birthday party, wearing party hats and eating cake


An adorable pup had a birthday party thrown for him – and was caught on camera celebrating with five other dogs, wearing party hats and eating birthday cake.

The five fluffy pals sat around the table as their owner, Katelyn Hoglund, sang them happy birthday and dished them up some birthday cake.

In super cute footage, the dogs are seen patiently sitting in chairs waiting to dig into the cake.

Parents left outraged after their kids’ nursery turns vegan without their consent

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Most people accept that if you want to go vegan, that’s your choice.

Raising children on exclusively plant-based diets, however, is slightly more contentious. In 2016, an Italian MP even said that parents may face a prison if they bring their kids up vegan.

And now parents are kicking off at a nursery for feeding their children vegan food – without their consent.

A mum, Aimee, has turned to parenting site Netmums to say that she’s fuming that her son’s nursery has changed their menu to vegan and the children are being offered no fish or meat option with their meals.

The nursery’s deputy manager is… Read the full story

There’s a food delivery app that only sells Garfield themed cuisine

Picture: Garfield Eats There's a Garfield themed food delivery app
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GarfieldEATS is a food delivery app which only serves Garfield themed food.

The app launched in Dubai in February and gives users a complete Garfield experience, with cartoons, augmented reality, and – the most crucial part – food.

It sells wholesome versions of Garfield’s favourite foods like healthy lasagne, wood-fired pizza and 100% Arabica coffee.

The app delivers quickly to anybody in Dubai – who knew the original grumpy cat had such a fan base there, hey?

The best bit about the app is that it’s environmentally conscious, adhering to strict supply sourcing guidelines, and guaranteeing no GMOs,… Read the full story

13 men share what it’s like to live with intrusive thoughts

ILLUSTRATION REQUEST: Brown men don’t cry – how a culture of shame stops South Asian men talking about mental health (Rupen Gahir Kalsi)
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Intrusive thoughts are involuntary, distressing thoughts.

They’re upsetting, make you feel guilty and make you fear you are an awful person.

They can become so frequent that they take up a large part of your day.

Intrusive thoughts are one of the main symptoms of OCD – and often sufferers attempt to relieve the anxiety the thoughts cause with compulsions and rituals.

However, intrusive thoughts can also affect those with depression and anxiety, and can make day-to-day living extremely hard.

Some thoughts can be so debilitating that they… Read the full story

A free gin and tonic vending machine exists and it sounds amazing

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If you live in Manchester and you’re a lover of gin, you’ll be excited as we are to learn that there’s soon going to be a gin and tonic vending machine coming to the city.

The gin and tonic vending machine is set to be installed at the Deansgate entrance to Barton Arcade on 16 and 17 April from 12-9pm.

The cans of gin are totally free, as long as you tag @LoneWolfSpirits, the company behind the gin, in an Instagram or Twitter post of the location, in exchange for a token for the cans of gin.

Doug Bairner, managing director of LoneWolf, told Manchester Evening News: ‘Gin distillation is… Read the full story

Woman spends £1,000 on dressing her dog up in fancy outfits


We’ve fallen in love with a pooch who absolutely adores fashion.

Jackson, a one-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei, loves nothing more than getting dolled up for the camera and strutting his stuff in tailor-made doggy clothing.

His devoted owner, Christine Anthony, has splashed out £1,000 on tailor-made shirts, pyjamas and hats for her beloved pup.

According to Christine, whenever Jackson sees her camera or a shirt being taken out he races onto the bed and is eager to put his best paw forward.

How to avoid unintentionally being a d*ck to women in the street at night

How to not unintentionally be a d*ck to women in the street
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Many of you may have seen the recent video from @realest_lk, which showed him chasing a woman down the street for changing her direction when she saw him.

The man taking the video seemed very clear on the fact it was due to his race.

Yomi Adegoke at The Pool discussed the video itself and brought to light the obliviousness some men have when it comes to how their very presence is perceived – particularly in ‘dangerous’ situations like a street at night.

In the article, Yomi referred to this post added by an anonymous man on Spotted Cardiff who… Read the full story

Can you freeze cheese? You can – here is how to do it

When wondering how to store your cheese, just remember WWWAGD? (What Would Wallace And Gromit Do?) (Picture: Aardman)

Cheese. Sometimes it is just too much to handle in one go.

And at that point, it might seem tempting to wrap up your block of cheddar and stick it in the freezer.

Alternatively, you may wish to eat cheese in the event of a nuclear apocalypse, which would require you to store it for an indefinite amount of time. Potentially in a freezer.

But is this the done thing? What happens to cheese when you store it below zero degrees? Is it healthy to eat frozen cheese?

The world’s 10 best airlines have been announced

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TripAdvisor has announced its winners for the World’s Best Airlines category of the Traveller’s Choice Awards 2018.

Winners were decided using TripAdvisor’s algorithm which took into account the quantity and quality of the airlines’ reviews and ratings over a 12 month period.

Singapore Airlines took the top spot, also winning Best First Class and Best Economy Class.

Air New Zealand came second, with Emirates taking third place, falling down two spots after its win last year.

Best Premium Economy went to Air New Zealand, and and Qatar took Best Business Class.

The wold's… Read the full story

Balenciaga is at it again with this £645 plastic bag shirt

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Remember when your mum would cut a hole in a bin bag for Halloween and (with the addition of a spooky hat) you’d be a witch for the day?

Would you like to recreate that as an adult for the cost of £645?

Well, your time is now young fashionista, thanks to Spanish fashion house Balenciaga.

The guys that brought us platform crocs, and a remake of an IKEA bag that cost £1,600 are back again with an outlandish style that’ll likely be gracing the streets of Hackney in t-minus two days.

Heinz is selling seafood sauce as Mayochup and people are not amused

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Heinz has created a sauce called Mayochup, which quick-thinkers among you will have already figured out is mayonnaise mixed with ketchup.

The sauce is available in the Middle East in 400ml squeezy bottles, ready to slosh all over your food.

However, there’s been outcry on the internet because most of us have been making this sauce since we were first able to swallow solids.

Which self-respecting kid didn’t have a pool of ketchup, a pool of mayo, and a mix of the two on their plate alongside their fish fingers and chips?

Also, we all know the concoction is actually just seafood sauce, which is readily available in jars, and may… Read the full story

Woman with no feeling below the waist finally learns to walk again

Shiela Pirie, 74 at the Balhousie Coupar Angus care home with her nurse Kate Barry after working her way back to participating in a virutal walk from Scotland to Australia. See SWNS copy CPWALK: A great-grandmother, who thought she would never be able to walk again, has taken her first steps eight months after she was left with no feeling below the waist. Sheila Pirie, from Alyth, Perthshire, was left unable to walk after a spinal abscess damaged her nerves and left her with no feeling below the waist. When the 73-year-old arrived at Balhousie care home in Coupar Angus, Perthshire, last August she was in a wheelchair and needed a full-body… <a href=Read the full story

Man claims he has spent more than £350,000 on his Barbie doll collection

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An avid Barbie fan has amassed more than 10,000 of the dolls – and claims to have spent more than £350,000 on his collection.

Jian Yang’s home has been taken over by his vast collection of Barbie dolls.

The 38-year-old business director designed his house in Singapore around the huge number of Barbie dolls he owns.

Jian has been buying the toys for more than 30 years – but stopped counting when he reached 9,000.

He said: ‘I’ve loved Barbie since 1984, when I accidentally opened my sister’s Christmas present. Great Shape Barbie started it all.

5 misconceptions about anxiety that are still surprisingly common

We must treat anxiety just as we would any physical health condition (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Anxiety disorders can be debilitating, but there are still many misconceptions that people have about this condition.

James McAvoy and Bill Hader being lined up for It: Chapter 2

It’s surprising, as there is a lot of talk in the media lately about the fight to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Campaigns such as Time To Change are encouraging people to share their stories and to not be ashamed to seek help and support.

While this shift in attitude is positive and there does appear… Read the full story

How to support your friend who always cancels – they may have social anxiety

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We all have the friend who has that reputation for constantly bailing on plans. They seem so up for that night out or that coffee when it is first talked about but as the day gets closer, you just know that they will find a way to cancel. Some friend, huh?

Well, it’s more than likely that the friend in question isn’t setting out to be a dick but in fact is suffering from social anxiety. And while they want nothing more than to join you and the gang for gatherings, they simply can’t.

I’m that friend – and I want all of the people whom I… Read the full story

A lot of people aren’t using condoms when they have period sex

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According to a new study into women’s attitudes on condom use, a significant portion of us aren’t using condoms when we have sex on our periods.

That’s a risky move.

Clue and The Kinsey Institute surveyed 95,000 people from around the world, and found that reported use of condoms declines 15% during menstruation.

Of those who didn’t use condoms during periods, 30% said they weren’t worried about the risk of pregnancy because of their cycle, and 31% said they were ‘unconcerned’ about catching an STI.

This is worrying. While 15% isn’t a massive portion of us, it’s enough to raise concerns over the risks we’re taking when… Read the full story

Plus-size blogger has a brilliant response to security guards telling her to ‘cover up’ after posing in a bikini

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Why is it that having a certain type of body imposes rules on what you’re allowed to wear?

If you’ve got female nipples, you’ll need to wear a top. If you’re plus-size, suddenly a bikini is inappropriate.

That’s the message plus-size blogger Anna O’Brien – also known as Glitter and Lazers – received loud and clear when she tried to take some photos in the lobby of a hotel in Las Vegas.

This week Anna headed to Las Vegas to shoot a swimwear lookbook, which means she needed plenty of pictures of herself in swimwear.

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She hoped to take some photos… Read the full story

Loss of vision, vomiting and unbearable pain – This is what a migraine really feels like

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Let’s be clear: A migraine is NOT a headache, and a bad headache is not a migraine.

Yes, a headache is often one of the symptoms of migraine, and yes, I’ve had some really rotten headaches, but the two aren’t interchangeable.

14 things you know if you suffer from migraines

I’ve had some awful ice-pick-in-your-eye headaches in my time, but they are a walk in the park compared to migraines.

The symptoms for migraines vary from person to person, and often the only thing different migraine sufferers have in common is how… Read the full story

An extra glass of wine might shorten your life by 30 minutes

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Sorry, pals, but you may want to put away that bottle.

An extra glass of wine can shorten your life by 30 minutes, says a new paper in the Lancet medical journal.

Researchers note that five 175ml glasses of wine a week is the upper safe limit. Even one glass over that limit raises the risk of stroke, fatal aneurysm, heart failure, and early death. Fun!

Oh, and the risks are worse if you’re drinking wine and you’re over 40.

The study looked at data from close to 600,000 drinkers included in 83 studies, and found that early deaths rose when people drank more than 100g of booze (five to six glasses… Read the full story

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