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Digital Subscriptions > Attitude > April 2019 > DOCTOR’S ORDERS


Attitude booked a special appointment with resident columnist Dr Ranj Singh to find out about the ways some of us regularly harm our bodies

We live in a health-conscious world, surrounded by more information about our physical and mental well-being than ever before. But, at the same time, many of us still do things that are actively harmful to our bodies, not realising the impact it may have. Without being too much of a party-pooper, here are some of our modern-day pitfalls.


Dieting is a lucrative business and every year brings a raft of new books and plans, all claiming to help us lose weight. Not all these stand up to scrutiny — and some are a bad idea altogether


Research shows that approximately 60 per cent of people have bought an item of food or drink because it was labelled a “superfood”. Right, I’m going to lay it on the line: there is no such thing as a “superfood”. So, you can put the acai berries and chia seeds back on the shelf — unless, of course, you really like them. Scientifically speaking, there are foods that have good nutritional value, such as the ever-popular kale, which is rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals. However, more is not always more. Eating too much raw kale in a fashionable smoothie, for instance, may actually interfere with your thyroid gland and cause more problems than it’s worth. Plus, you’ll consume more minerals from regular spinach, and more fibre from ordinary Brussels sprouts. They’re cheaper, too!

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On the cover: The BODY issue starring NYC go-go turned Insta-star Matthew Camp Inside: Pose. Simon Amstell. Dr Ranj Singh. Plus: what it’s like to be a trans man in the gym.