Worldwide anti-obesity strategies focus on the bottom line

Using data from the World Health Organisation (WHO)i, a 2014 study by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), Overcoming obesity: An initial economic analysis, focuses on the financial cost of obesityii. The report states that in 2014, almost 30 per cent (2.1 billion people) of the global population of 7 billion was either obese or overweight, which is nearly two-and-a-half times the 840 million who are undernourishediii.

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Millennials in the workforce

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Born between 1980 and the early 2000sii, the eldest Millennials are in the workplace now and by 2025 will make up 75 per cent of the global workforceiii. If you are in the workforce now, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be working alongside them. They could be your customer and may even be your competitor: 70 per cent have, or want to have, their own businessiv.

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Cute and cuddly: our favourite pets on social media

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Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world with around 63 per cent of households having a pet. Source ii.

It’s virtually impossible to go a day without seeing photos or videos of fluffy animals doing cute things on our social media feeds. Pets have been winning the Internet’s heart for years and sometimes making their owners quite a bit of money in the forms of corporate sponsorships, product placements and book deals – think Grumpy Cat and Boo. Cats are the undisputed champion of Internet cuteness and an exhibition entitled How cats took over the Internet in NYC’s Museum of the Moving Image aims to analyse the importance of cat related content on the Internet .

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10 life lessons from The Voice Australia

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When not imitating Emoji faces and passing out in the heat, the 5 coaches of The Voice Australia dispensed gems of wisdom. Here’s what we learnt.

This year's The Voice judges from left to right - the Madden brothers, Delta Goodrem, Jessie J and Ricky Martin.

1. “Let’s fly really high and show not only Australia but the whole world what Australian talent really is.” – Ricky Martin

LIFE LESSON: Aim big, ’cause you will struggle to get to where you want to be if you don’t go for gold and give it everything you’ve got.

2. “You’re a very kind woman, but I want blood on that stage.” – Ricky Martin

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Sydney Mardi Gras 2018

It was the 40th Anniversary and so amazing. The numerous dance venues created a mini city and it was as buzzy and packed as the peak 1990s era.

Was privileged to be sitting next to a 78er, Peter McEwan from Melbourne, while waiting for Cher’s performance. He’d visited Sydney in 1978 for a national homosexual conference at Paddington Town Hall, and was involved in the protests. “The agenda back then used to include fighting in solidarity for everyone — access to abortion, refugees, women’s rights. I wish that solidarity was still around today. Other issues are important too.” He prefers the term “Queer” to “Gay”, as it’s more gender fluid.

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Eurovision 2017 slumber party!


Went to a Eurovision slumber party with scavenger hunt and bingo at Louise’s place. Started on Saturday night, watching the second semi-final, while Louise cooked delicious Ukrainian dishes – borscht soup and Chicken Kiev – to honour this year’s host nation.

It was lucky for us ABBA fans that Ukraine’s flag has the same colours as Sweden, so there were plenty of blue and yellow streamers strung around!

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Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence visit Taronga Zoo

Went with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on their 24th annual Taronga Park Zoo sistersvisitation. We’re told to wear sensible shoes, a hat, and that the event will go ahead in all weathers. The first highlight is the amazing ferry trip across Sydney Harbour, with a view of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the visiting Queen Mary cruise ship.

Mostly international Mardi Gras visitors attend this excursion so they can appreciate our local fauna, and the Sisters, led by Mother Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, provide a hilarious commentary of poems dedicated to each animal and – to the shock of attendees – early colonial recipes for eating them! Kangaroo tail is to be made like oxtail soup, and black swans should be cooked in a moderate oven for two hours. There were also tips on how to make a delicious Galah Pie and Roast Wombat!

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