Is ensuring more equal income distribution the key to improving the health of all Australians? Recent research published by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett suggest that rates of obesity, homicide, imprisonment, teenage birth and life expectancy are markedly better in societies with greater financial equality – regardless of a country's overall wealth.
After much consultation and even a bit of controversy, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released new alcohol guidelines, Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol. The previous guidelines were published in 2001 and in late 2007 a draft of the new alcohol guidelines was released for comment.
There has been a recent rise in the popularity of body shaping underwear. Although there have always been tummy control briefs (think Bridget Jones) there are now an endless array of different styles and brands available. Women can even buy a body suit designed to minimise excess weight from under the bust right down to the knees.
Traditionally this time of year is a popular time to take holidays. However, a recent survey conducted by an online travel company revealed that 38% of Australians do not take their full allocation of annual leave.
The Queensland Government recently released a publication, Ageing: Myth and Reality, aimed at dispelling many of the misconceptions about older people. The publication examines twelve common myths including older people being an economic burden on society and older people being victims of crime.
Little girls' underwear that resembles adult lingerie, baby jumpsuits with slogans like "I'm a Tits Man" and dolls that come dressed in mini skirts and fishnet stockings. These can all be seen as examples of the sexualisation in today's society.
A recent survey conducted by Mission Australia found that the issue of most importance to young people was body image (followed by family conflict and stress). Body image is, and probably always will be, an important issue for young women.