Eating like an athlete means that every mouthful you consume is giving your body something good. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Top performing athletes know that nutrition is king when it comes to gaining an edge over their competitors. However, no matter what your goal is – co(...)

Make breakfast a priority and have some oats with fruit perhaps. Photograph: Thinkstock

1 Think nourishment not punishment Does the nutrient balance of your meals feel right? Forget about very extreme approaches. The “low or no carb”, “hi(...)

The average Irish 14-year-old boy is 65 per cent heavier than he was in 1948, a conference on obesity heard. Though they are also on average 17cms (5.(...)

There is no shortage of quick-fix weight-loss approaches these days. Even at this time of year you can flick through any glossy magazine and find cele(...)

In the mix: the cost of a basket of goods for a person with coeliac disease may be up to 87 per cent dearer than normal goods. Photograph: Thinkstock

Avoiding certain foods can be expensive. Allergies, food intolerance and coeliac disease – a severe reaction to gluten – can add hundreds, if not t(...)

Eat the whole fruit as nature intended rather than consuming large volumes of fruit juice.

The National Weight Control Registry is a longitudinal, prospective study of thousands of American adults aged 18 or older. It has a dual purpose. (...)

Studies suggest that avoiding certain foods altogether often makes them irresistible. Photograph: Getty Images

Most of us know what it’s like to have a hankering or a longing for a food we love, and simply must have. Cravings appear to be broadly linked to feel(...)

Children are often fed up with sandwich bread and the same old fillings that remind them of school days. Think about colour to entice them, with their lunch boxes and the food you put in them. Photograph: Thinkstock

Last month Michelle Obama undertook yet again to fight attempts to delay enforcement of US school lunch nutrition standards. The Washington Post repor(...)

Cholesterol testing: A high HDL is protective because HDL carries cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, protecting against its accumulation on artery walls. A low HDL can put you at risk of heart disease. Photograph: Getty Images

Occasionally I see people who are upset, even distressed, about an elevated cholesterol test result. Interpreting the results can be difficult, partic(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has been accused of behaving in a ‘sleeveen’ manner over the abolition of the diet supplement scheme.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has been accused of behaving in a ‘sleeveen’ manner over the abolition of the diet supplement scheme(...)