One in ten women report having had sex against their will

woman lying down

This is the stark headline of the latest British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL). It’s the first time this regular ten-year survey, now in its third cycle, has looked at non-volitional sex. They also report a huge range of data about the prevalence of sexual activities and attitudes.  So the Lifestyle Elf [read the full story…]

Uptake of plain packaging was associated with reduced satisfaction from smoking and increased will to quit

A packet of fags

We are constantly told by the tobacco lobby that we need more evidence for plain (i.e. unbranded) cigarette packaging as a public health measure. This in spite of the vast sums they spend on, er, packaging, marketing, lobbying etc.  Presumably for no benefit to themselves.  This tremendous example of commercial philanthropy in support of the [read the full story…]

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Time To Change stigma and discrimination: evaluation results

The April 2013 edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry included a special supplement of papers which focused on the Time To Change campaign.  This supplement included 7 evaluation studies of the first phase of the campaign, which ran between 2008 and 2011. This Lifestyle Elf finds mental health promotion a fascinating area, and was [read the full story…]

No link found between smoking and weight in young people

cigarettes and tape measure

Smoking – bad for your health, good for your waistline? Overall, weight is lower in smokers and higher in those who quit, but we know that the relationship between smoking and weight is complicated and there’s a fair bit of research seeking to understand it better. Many people think that smoking can help them keep [read the full story…]

If you view, will you do? This sex survey says…

teen girl on sofa with laptop

…well, what do you reckon? My guess is that you’d put your money on the answer being ‘yes’. Many people fear that today’s youth are getting to see sexually explicit material (SEM) of varieties and in ways which are a far cry from nicking your Dad’s copy of ‘Playboy’; that they’re seeing more, sooner, and [read the full story…]