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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ABBA picnic in Camperdown Park

Held an ABBA picnic to play a new ABBA trivia board game I’d put together and have a sing-a-along.picnic

I staked a perfect spot under a tree and sent out an SOS as there were picnickers everywhere in Camperdown Park, and I urgently needed more blankets to claim our turf.

A word re: Aussie ABBA fans: we’re hugely tolerant and will put up with retro discos where only hip hop is played, endure ABBA tribute bands that don’t know the words, and pay ridiculous amounts for smoked salmon on Ryvita at Scandi restaurants. But nobody messes with an ABBA picnic, and fans scurried back to their cars to bring extra blankets.

First on the scene was G, who’d just walked the length of uber-hipster King Street while wearing his Voulez-Vous badge – woe betide anyone who would dare make fun of it, and a few paid tribute by singing “A-ha!”. “It’s not just a badge, it’s a way of life,” G said, with his proudest expression.

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My favourite AA Gill quotes and columns

“It’s not my job to come round and tell you what’s wrong with your restaurant. It’s my job to sell newspapers and to entertain and perhaps inform my readers: The last person who should be reading a restaurant review is the person that it’s about — they should already know.” – AA Gill

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AA Gill highlights

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A.A. Gill and me at a book-signing, Sydney.

This is my fave youtube vid of him chatting about the highs and lows of his career and life.

AA Gill chatting to students


13:30: his audience.

14:31: Answer to where’s the best place to get a meal in London?

“What you eat should never be as important as who you’re eating with.”

“Nothing is as good as being a regular customer.”

“Is it the greatest Italian restaurant in the world – well, it is for me.”

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