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Australia seeking urgent advice after 29 elderly deaths from Pfizer vaccine

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is seeking more information on the highly-touted Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine after Norway reported 29 deaths to the vaccine.</p> <p>Hunt asked the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to seek out more information about the vaccine, with the TGA confirming it's working closely with the European Medicines Agency to investigate risks flagged by Norway.</p> <p>“The TGA is evaluating all of the scientific and clinical information provided by the vaccine’s sponsor, Pfizer, as well as other available evidence … prior to making a regulatory decision,” the TGA said in a statement.</p> <p>Media reports in Norway have flagged that six more elderly patients have died after being given the vaccine.</p> <p>All patients who have passed are 75 and over, with 13 deaths fulled assessed and another 16 under review.</p> <p>“Most people have experienced the expected side effects of the vaccine, such as nausea and vomiting, fever, local reactions at the injection site, and worsening of their underlying condition,” a statement from the Norwegian Medicines Agency said.</p> <p>The TGA has confirmed that the deaths were recorded among very frail patients, with some anticipated to have months to live before taking the vaccine.</p> <p>“We will continue to work with European regulators over the coming days to investigate this report and determine whether specific warnings about risks of vaccination in the very elderly or terminally ill should be potentially included in the product information for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.</p> <p>“We have been in contact with the Foreign Minister, and Marise Payne will task DFAT to seek advice directly from the Norwegian government,” Mr Hunt told reporters on Sunday.</p> <p>“In addition, I‘ve briefed both the Acting Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office today. So as further information is available, we’ll share that with the Australian public.”</p> <p>Hunt has also confirmed that the Federal government has removed all hotspots in Australia.</p> <p>“There are no remaining hotspot definitions,” Mr Hunt said.</p> <p>“Of course, inevitably, there will be days of new cases. There will be days where there may be a requirement for Commonwealth hotspot definition to be reintroduced. But they‘ll be done on the basis of that, and cases.”</p> <p>“We‘re not out of the woods because the world isn’t out of the woods,” he said. “And our challenges remain always, while there is a disease that is abroad in the rest of the world, but Australians are doing incredibly well.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Billionaire launches scathing attack at Serena Williams over her weight

<p>Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian has accused Madrid Open owner Ian Tiriac of being racist and sexist after he told the American athlete to retire.</p> <p>The former Olympic tennis star turned billionaire Tiriac urged the 39-year-old to retire due to her age and weight.</p> <p>“At this age and the weight she is now, she does not move as easily as she did 15 years ago,” Tiriac said on Romanian TV. “Serena was a sensational player. If she had a little decency, she would retire.”</p> <p>This isn't the first time Tiriac has taken aim at Serena's weight.</p> <p>In 2018, when asked about the state of women's tennis, he took aim at the champion by saying: “With all due respect, 36 years old and 90kg …”</p> <p>Serena then responded: “It’s an ignorant comment and it’s a sexist comment. Maybe he’s an ignorant man.”</p> <p>And now, after Tiriac's most recent comments, William's husband and father to their three-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia, has hit back on Twitter.</p> <p>Co-founder of Reddit Ohanian mocked 81-year-old Tiriac.</p> <p>After a quick Google search, Ohanian discovered Tiriac had not won a single Grand Slam single, tweeting: “Safe to say no one gives a damn what Ion Tiriac thinks.”</p> <p>Ohanian added: “Had to Google it … turns out my 3 year old has more Grand Slam victories than this.”</p> <p>He then responded to a fellow Twitter user, who tried to defend Tiriac.</p> <p>Ohanian wrote: “Keep defending your racist, sexist clown.”</p> <p>He later added: “2021 and no holding back when a racist/sexist clown with a platform comes for my family.”</p> <p>Williams needs just one more Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s incredible record.</p> <p>She also boasts 16 Grand Slam doubles titles and four Olympic gold medals.</p> <p>Tiriac, meanwhile, never made it past the fourth-round at a Grand Slam in singles.</p> <p>He did win the 1970 French Open doubles title, however.</p>

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Sister dumped from bridal party after lockdown weight gain

<p>A bride-to-be has caused controversy after admitting that she dumped her sister from her bridal party after she gained weight.</p> <p>The bridezilla revealed she asked her sister to step away from her bridesmaid duties after she put on 10kg during lockdown.</p> <p>She further went on to explain that her older sister struggled with eating disorders her whole life, but still tried to defend her actions.</p> <p>But after she was slammed over her decision, she eventually confessed to wanting to "protect her wedding day".</p> <p>Sharing on Reddit, the bride-to-be admitted the move had divided her family.</p> <p>“My sister Julia was overweight growing up while the rest of us (five girls, no brothers) were always petite,” she said.</p> <p>“No one in our family ever treated her badly for her weight, though my mum did try to help her diet several times throughout our childhood for purely health reasons.</p> <p>“She was hospitalised for her eating disorder for the first time when she was 18, and she’s been in and out of treatment facilities since then.</p> <p>“Pre-pandemic, Julia seemed to be on a recovery kick again. She looked healthy, seemed to be eating normally. I was hopeful she could keep it together and felt okay about asking her to be a bridesmaid at that point.</p> <p>“That was the last time I saw her though (Feb 2020), until I saw her Friday for Christmas Day.</p> <p>“Julia has gained a LOT of weight in that time, probably 10kg, which is a lot because she’s short. This is a huge red flag to me because prior relapses have been preceded by weight gain, which seems to trigger another relapse.”</p> <p>The bride-to-be said it was then she made the decision to dump her from her wedding.</p> <p>“I [decided] it makes more sense for her to not be a bridesmaid. That way she can wear whatever she wants, be skinny or fat, show up or not, and it won’t affect the day as a whole,” said said.</p> <p>“So I texted her after Christmas to ask if she was doing okay. Sure enough, she admitted she’d been having body image issues since gaining weight during lockdown.</p> <p>“I kindly asked her to step down from being a bridesmaid, explaining that it was for her own good and I was only doing this because I cared about her. She seemed upset but agreed to step down.”</p> <p>The decision ended up causing a heated debate amongst family members, with even the bride's fiancé joining in, saying she was harsh to dump her sister over her weight.</p> <p>“Now our dad is furious with me, saying Julia is heartbroken,” she said.</p> <p>“My mom and sisters are all on my side here and agree Julia not being a bridesmaid is what’s best for everyone.</p> <p>“So I wasn’t that worried about being in the wrong here—until my FIANCÉ said I was wrong and basically called me out for even bringing up her weight with her.”</p> <p>She added that while she was worried for her sister’s mental health, she was also concerned about her wedding day.</p> <p>“Yes, of course protecting my wedding day is part of my consideration here,” she said.</p> <p>“God forbid one single day doesn’t revolve around her I guess.”</p> <p>Some Reddit users slammed the bride.</p> <p>“The obsession over the wedding pictures is disgusting. Why does a wedding have to be an Instagram event?” said one.</p> <p>Added another: “Bride sounds so self-centered. Thank god the fiancé talked some sense into her.”</p> <p>Said a third: “With family like this, it’s no wonder she has an eating disorder.”</p> <p>But others disagreed, with one saying: “Maybe she went about it the wrong way, but her feelings are valid. Also what girl doesn’t dream a perfect wedding day, it’s natural to overthink all the variables that play into it.”</p>

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Mother’s warning after dangerous COVID side-effect

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>British doctors are scratching their heads after a seven-year-old boy battles a rare disease in the ICU which is linked to the boy's COVID-19 diagnosis.</p> <p>Logan Walsh contracted COVID-19 alongside his mother, but medical workers believed the pair had recovered from the disease six weeks ago.</p> <p>Doctors were immediately concerned as Logan's organs started to fail, his skin blistered and he developed heart murmurs, which are symptoms of Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PIMS-TS).</p> <p>PIMS-TS is a rare and life-threatening condition that doctors believe was brought forward from COVID-19.</p> <p>It's not the first time doctors saw children develop this syndrome after catching COVID-19 and Logan's mother is urging for health experts to be more aware of this dangerous side-effect.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839310/blisters-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a9f396f1e5eb499f9b14f379f4d0c7da" /></p> <p>“The doctors told me they were seeing children and teenagers who had already had COVID-19, showing no symptoms when they had it and then coming in later, just like Logan,” she said.</p> <p>“They go on all the time about how this pandemic only affects the elderly and often say it doesn‘t seem to affect children.”</p> <p>“When this first began happening (to Logan), not all doctors were able to recognise it, and the link in the condition to COVID-19 is only just starting to be taken seriously.”</p> <p>Thankfully, Logan is recovering after a stay in the ICU where he was given steroids. He was sent to rehabilitation to relearn how to walk.</p> <p>“As his joints and muscles had swollen, Logan now requires physio to help with rehabilitation, and to walk again,” Ms Walsh said.</p> <p>“Thankfully, the initial treatment eventually got his condition under control.</p> <p>“Logan is recovering slowly, and made it home on Christmas Day.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley confirms injury after terrifying incident

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Aussie showbusiness legend Kerri-Anne Kennerley shocked viewers as she fell almost 5 metres from a trapeze during her performance in the musical<span> </span><em>Pippin</em>.</p> <p>She plunged to the ground during Wednesday night's performance but managed to finish her song before she was rushed to the hospital.</p> <p>Kennerley has since confirmed that she broke her collarbone and chipped her ankle bone from the terrifying fall.</p> <p>"Good riddance to 2020.<span> </span><em>Pippin</em><span> </span>has genuinely been one of the great experiences of my life exceeding all my expectations," Kennerley confirmed in an official statement.</p> <p>"What happened is just a random misstep in the trapeze and circus world. I've always felt safe in their hands but accidents just happen. I was trained well and loved getting stronger and the routine smoother."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CI4VgqNlXnU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CI4VgqNlXnU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Pippin Australia (@pippinaustralia)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I'm devastated that I can't finish the run. It was just so much fun. I broke my collar bone quite severely and have a slight chip of my ankle bone," she revealed.</p> <p>The showbusiness legend played Grandma Berthe in the stage musical and shared how intense getting ready for the role was.</p> <p>"In my big number, I have to get on a trapeze and go up 15ft," she explained to<span> </span><em>The Senior</em>.</p> <p>"I'm helped by a very strapping, hunky trapeze artist and we do several movements including one called The Bird, and one where I have to hang by my feet."</p> <p>"It's a big learning curve and I realise how active and tough this is going to be, but every day there is some improvement."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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9 signs you’re drinking too much water

<div class="author"> <p>Dietitians constantly remind us that drinking enough water is absolutely vital in order for our bodies to function properly. And it is – unless you drink too much of it. Though most people look out for the signs of dehydration, over-hydration is equally as dangerous. Drinking too much water can result in water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia, causing the inside of cells to flood due to abnormally low sodium levels in your bloodstream. In severe cases, water intoxication can lead to debilitating health problems such as seizures, coma and even death.</p> <p>You constantly have a water bottle in hand<br />If you carry around your water bottle all day and immediately refill it when it depletes, you may be drinking too much water. Constantly adding water to your body can result in low sodium levels in your blood, which can cause all of the cells in your body to swell. According to exercise professor Tamara Hew-Butler, this can become particularly dangerous when your brain starts to swell. “Your brain can only swell about 8-10% before it reaches the skull and it pushes your brain stem out,” says Hew-Butler.</p> <p>You drink water even when you’re not thirsty<br />The best way to know if your body really needs more water is to be consciously aware of whether or not you actually feel thirsty. “Our bodies are so programmed to fight against dehydration because we’ve always been living in fear of scarcity or not having enough, so we have all of these built-in mechanisms to protect us against that,” Hew-Butler says. “One of these mechanisms that all animals have is thirst. Thirst is every body’s individual monitor that lets them know if they need more. The more water you need, the thirstier you get.”</p> <p>You continuously drink water until your urine is clear<br />If you’re drinking a healthy amount of water, the colour of your urine should be straw-coloured to transparent yellow. Though most people believe clear urine is the healthiest sign of hydration, having urine with no pigmentation at all may be a sign that you’re drinking too much water. For most people, eight to 10 glasses of water a day is considered a normal amount. This suggestion varies depending on an individual’s height, weight and exercise patterns.</p> <p>You urinate frequently, including during the night<br />You may be drinking too much water if you find you often wake up in the middle of the night to use the toilet. According to the Cleveland Clinic, most people urinate between six and eight times a day. If you find yourself urinating more than ten times a day, you may be drinking more water than your body needs. Other causes include an overactive bladder and caffeine. To prevent night time urination, have your last glass of water a couple of hours before bed to give your kidneys time to filter the water through your body. (Frequent urination could be an indicator of diabetes insipidus, too.)</p> <p>You feel nauseous and may experience vomiting<br />The symptoms of over-hydration look a lot like those of dehydration, according to Hew-Butler. When you drink too much water, your kidneys become unable to get rid of the excess liquid, and water starts to collect in the body. This can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms, often including nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.</p> <p>You have throbbing headaches throughout the day<br />Headaches are both a sign of over-hydration and dehydration, similar to nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. When you drink too much water, the salt concentration in your blood reduces, causing the cells in the organs throughout your body to swell. When your salt concentration is low, your cells grow. When you drink too much water, your brain actually grows in size and presses against the skull. This added pressure can cause a throbbing headache and more serious health problems such as brain impairment and trouble breathing.</p> <p>You notice swelling or discolouration in your hands, lips and feet<br />In many cases of hyponatremia, people will experience noticeable swelling or discoloration in their hands, lips and feet. When all of the cells throughout your body swell, your skin will start to visibly swell as well. Those who drink too much water may gain weight suddenly due to swelling and excess water in the bloodstream. If you’re drinking more than 10 glasses of water each day and notice swelling or discoloration in your hands, lips and feet, consider cutting back on your water intake and see if your symptoms subside.</p> <p>Your muscles feel weak and tend to cramp easily<br />Having a healthy, fully functioning body is all about balance. When you drink too much water, your electrolyte levels drop and that balance is compromised. Low electrolyte levels can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms, including muscle spasms and cramping. You can prevent muscle problems by replacing a couple of glasses of water a day with coconut water, which is full of electrolytes and 100 percent natural.</p> <p>You feel tired or fatigued<br />Your kidneys are responsible for filtering the water you drink through your body and making sure the fluid levels in your bloodstream stay balanced. When you drink too much water, your kidneys have to work even harder, creating a stressful reaction from your hormones that leaves your body stressed and fatigued. If you’re constantly drinking water and find yourself struggling to get out of bed, it may be because you’ve added unneeded stress to your kidneys.</p> </div> <div class="author"> <p class="p1">Written by Lianna Roth Hursh, medically reviewed by Dr Michael Spertus. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/tips/9-signs-youre-drinking-too-much-water"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</p> </div>

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Ellen's unusual COVID symptom

<p><span>Ellen DeGeneres has shared a health update with fans after revealing she tested positive for COVID-19 last week.</span><br /><br /><span>The 62-year-old talk show host’s program abruptly halted following the shock news.</span><br /><br /><span>Taking to Twitter, she said that she was feeling “really good” despite the diagnosis, but did reveal a rarely-discussed symptom of the deadly virus.</span><br /><br /><span>“Hi everybody, just saying thank you to all the well wishes out there, I appreciate it very much. I’m feeling 100 per cent, I feel really good,” DeGeneres shared.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A little update. <a href="https://t.co/9OkFHkiKRc">pic.twitter.com/9OkFHkiKRc</a></p> — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow/status/1339339757109846017?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>“One thing that they don’t tell you is you get, somehow, excruciating back pain,” she said. ”Didn’t know that was a symptom, but I talked to some other people — back pain. Who knew? How come?”</span><br /><br /><span>DeGeneres wrapped the video with a classic game of Connect Four with de Rossi.</span><br /><br /><span>Earlier this month, DeGeneres told Twitter supporters that she would be taking a break from her show while she recovered from the infection.</span><br /><br /><span>“Hi everyone. I want to let you all know that I tested positive for COVID-19,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Fortunately, I’m feeling fine right now. Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all the proper CDC guidelines.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe.”</span><br /><br /><span>It is reported her show will return to TV screens shortly after New Years.</span></p>

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"Bringing the heat": Rebel Wilson flaunts slimmed down figure after 30kg weight loss

<p>Rebel Wilson has lost 30kg during her “year of health”.</p> <p>The week, the actress showed off her incredible figure as she spent time with Mrs Canada Globe, Lorelei Higgins.</p> <p>The 40-year-old wore skin-tight leggings with a black blouse, showing off her trim figure.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram to share multiple photos and videos, the two were seen spending time together at Wilson’s LA home.</p> <p>“Mrs Canada and I bringing the heat,” Rebel captioned a photo of the pair hanging near the outdoor fire pit.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIxCv53L6VA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIxCv53L6VA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Rebel Wilson (@rebelwilson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“World peace,” she added as a hashtag.</p> <p>The Pitch Perfect star has been on a health journey this year, after setting a goal of reaching 75kg.</p> <p>Last month, she proudly announced that she had smashed that goal, showing the number 74.6 on a scale.</p> <p>“Hit my goal with one month to spare!” she wrote in the caption. “Even though it’s not about a weight number, it’s about being healthy, I needed a tangible measurement to have as a goal and that was 75 kilograms.”</p>

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17 butt exercises that are better than squats

<p>Step aside squats; there are plenty of other butt workouts that are better for isolating the glutes. Don’t get us wrong, squats aren’t an inherently bad exercise. They are excellent for your quads, the front thigh muscles of your legs, and your back muscles, too. Squats improve the overall strength of the lower body, and the movement also allows you to maintain tension in your glute muscles. (Your glutes are three muscles that make up your butt: the gluteus minimus, gluteus medius, and gluteus maximus.)</p> <p>But the classic squat move might present a few challenges and shortcomings, especially if your goal is to work on your butt. For some people, squats put too much stress on the knees and back. And to get the most glute activation out of a squat, you need to know how to squat correctly. Your butt must be lower than parallel with the floor – a range of motion not everyone can achieve. Squats focus on going up and down. In everyday life, however, we also move side to side. So, it’s important to target other muscles that are part of the glutes to move well.</p> <p>Squats should just be one tool in your arsenal for glute growth. Here are other glute exercises that experts recommend implementing into your butt workouts.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Bodyweight deadlifts</strong></p> <p>Five different strength training experts say deadlifts are one of the best butt exercises. Plus, there are tons of different variations of this movement. Kelly Vargo, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an instructor for the department of exercise and nutrition sciences at George Washington University, recommends a traditional deadlift. “This exercise is a home run for the posterior chain as it recruits the core, hamstring and glute muscles,” Vargo says.</p> <p><strong>How to do a deadlift:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start this exercise in a neutral position standing with feet together, core engaged, shoulders relaxed, and a slight bend in the knees.</li> <li>The next step is to hinge at the hips and begin to bend forward. It is important to keep the shoulders back, almost retracted to counteract the tendency to round the shoulders forward, which is harmful to the back. Slowly continue to bend forward, keeping the hands close to the front of the legs and pushing the hips backward. There should be tension building in the hamstrings.</li> <li>Continue to bend forward until your shoulders start to round or until you get to the floor. Slowly extend the body and hips back into a neutral position.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Kettlebell, dumbbell or barbell deadlifts</strong></p> <p>For more challenging butt workouts, add some weight to your favourite moves. Although squats and deadlifts may look similar, they target different muscles, according to personal trainer Henry Halse. “The deadlift involves your hips more because you’re lifting the weight off the ground and standing up with it,” Halse says. “The biggest hip muscles are your glutes.”</p> <p><strong>How to do a kettlebell, barbell, or dumbbell deadlift:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start with the weight on the ground between your feet. Stick your butt back and arch your lower back as you go down to grab it.</li> <li>Grab the weight with both hands and lift by driving through your heels.</li> <li>Then, stand up tall before lowering the weight back to the ground.<br />Advertisement</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Bodyweight Romanian deadlifts</strong></p> <p>Sports physical therapist Leada Malek says that Romanian deadlifts use all the glutes and hamstrings to help protect your back and perform the movement well. If you work on your technique and activate your core, you’ll see awesome results with this movement. Make this movement easier by stopping halfway to parallel, Malek recommends.</p> <p><strong>How to do a Romanian deadlift:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Make sure to select the appropriate resistance band for your current ability, then place the band under your feet and stand with a slight bend in the knees and feet a comfortable hip-width apart.</li> <li>Grip the band with your knuckles facing outwards. Hands should be slightly less than shoulder-width apart.<br />Push the hips backward and maintain a neutral or straight spine as you hinge down, stopping just before parallel with the ground.</li> <li>Keep the core engaged as you initiate from the glutes and extend the hips to stand back up.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Dumbell or kettlebell Romanian deadlifts</strong></p> <p>Kettlebell or dumbbell Romanian deadlifts are a more hip-dominant exercise than the squat, according to kinesiologist Jeremy Ethier. That means the move favours the glutes more and enables you to apply more stress to the glutes in a slightly different way than other butt workout exercises. The movement provides an excellent glute stretch, too.</p> <p><strong>How to do a dumbbell Romanian deadlift:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Hold a dumbbell in each hand by your sides. Brace your core by preparing as if someone were about to punch your gut.</li> <li>Next, hinge over at the hips by pushing your hips back like you’re ‘closing a car door with your butt’ and lower the dumbbells. Keep your knees just slightly bent and your back flat as you come down.</li> <li>Once the dumbbells reach about shin level (or as low as you can while still keeping a flat back), squeeze your glutes and thrust your hips forward to stand straight up again.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Glute bridges</strong></p> <p>Glute bridges are another popular butt move with exercise experts. Ethier likes them because a study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine found that they are more effective for glutes growth than the traditional squat. “It’s also a great alternative to squats for the glutes since it enables you to provide a ton of work onto the glutes in a manner that’s very easy on the knees and back,” Ethier says.</p> <p><strong>How to do a glute bridge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lie on your back with your knees bent, and your core braced. Without arching your lower back, squeeze your butt muscles to get them engaged.</li> <li>Then, lift up while keeping your glutes contracted.<br />At the top, squeeze your glutes as hard as possible for about 5 seconds before coming back down and repeating.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Single leg glute bridges</strong></p> <p>Take glute bridges to the next level and turn them into a glute isolate exercise by performing this move with one leg, Halse recommends. “Since you’re lying on the ground, you don’t have to concentrate on anything other than squeezing your butt,” he says. “Plus, you don’t need to get your quads and hamstrings involved.” Make it even tougher by holding a weight like a dumbbell in your lap.</p> <p><strong>How to do a single leg glute bridge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lie on your back with both feet flat on the ground, 15cm from your butt.</li> <li>Lift one leg straight into the air.</li> <li>Press through the heel of the foot that’s on the ground and lift your hips up as high as you can. That’s one rep.<br /><br /></li> </ol> <p><strong>Lunges</strong></p> <p>Good butt workouts are incomplete without some form of a lunge: this move is transformative, which is just one reason to make it a staple in your glutes workouts. There are many different variations, but the traditional lunge is worth doing, according to Vargo. “Lunges fire up the legs, strengthen the core, promote balance, and recruit the glute muscles,” she says. “These exercises are a win-win for shaping legs and glutes.”</p> <p><strong>How to do a lunge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start in a neutral position standing with feet together, core engaged and shoulders relaxed.</li> <li>Step forward with the right foot.</li> <li>As the right foot lands on the ground, simultaneously bend both the right and left knees. Lower your centre of gravity until your back left knee gently touches the ground. Ensure you are in an upright posture with the core engaged and shoulders relaxed.</li> <li>At this point, press off the floor with the right, front foot, raising the centre of gravity and bringing the right foot back next to the left foot into the original starting position. Repeat with the left foot stepping forward.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Lateral lunges</strong></p> <p>Always try to include a lateral movement in your butt workouts because the glutes are responsible for not only forward and back motions of the leg, but side to side motions, too, according to Halse. Not only is the lateral lunge his favourite exercise, but it’s a quick workout move that can transform your body.</p> <p><strong>How to do a lateral lunge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Hold a weight down in front of your legs with both hands.</li> <li>Step out to one side, stick your butt back, and reach the weight down towards the ground.</li> <li>Then, stand back up and step your feet together. Alternate legs on each rep.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Reverse lunges</strong></p> <p>Hone in on your butt without putting tons of stress on the knees and lower back with this exercise. Plus, if you choose to squat, this is a great complimentary movement as it better activates the glutes and hamstrings, Ethier says. Make sure to focus on your form to avoid exercise injury.</p> <p><strong>How to do a reverse lunge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>If you like, hold a pair of dumbbells at your side.</li> <li>Take a long step back and bring your back knee towards the ground until it just about touches the ground. Avoid rounding your back as you do so and keep your front shin vertical over your front foot.</li> <li>Then, push through the heel of your front foot to rise back up to the starting position. You should feel your glute of the front leg work as you do so. Repeat with the other leg.<br />Need a little cardiovascular workout? Try this at-home HIIT workout.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Hip thrusts</strong></p> <p>Personal trainer Morgan Rees and physiotherapist Lauren Lobert Frison both suggest hip thrusts for good butt workouts. You can use a barbell, resistance band or your body weight to perform the movement. You’ll need a bench or a chair about 30-50cm off the ground, depending on your height.</p> <p><strong>How to do a hip thrust:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start with your butt on the ground, knees bent up, so your feet are flat on the floor, and leaning against a bench or chair. Line the bench up near the bottom of the shoulder blades.</li> <li>If you’re using a bar, place it along the hip’s crease. If you are using a glute resistance band, set it right above the knees.</li> <li>Keep your hands either behind your neck, in your lap, or resting on the ground, according to Frison.</li> <li>Keep your spine neutral, neck aligned with the spine (do not look down towards your feet), and press your glutes towards the ceiling lifting your butt off the floor, Rees says.<br />You don’t want your back arched at all at the top. You want your lower leg to be vertical at the top, so you may need to adjust your feet to be closer or farther away from your butt.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Kickbacks</strong></p> <p>Perform this glute isolation exercise that Rees and Frison recommend for stronger butt cheeks.</p> <p><strong>How to do a glute kickback:</strong></p> <ol> <li>This can be done with a cable machine using an ankle strap attachment, a band, or a dumbbell behind the knee.</li> <li>Place your knees and arms shoulder-width apart, hands on the floor.</li> <li>Place the resistance band above your knees or a dumbbell behind one of your knees.</li> <li>Press your foot towards the ceiling maintaining close to a 90-degree angle the entire time.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Clamshells</strong></p> <p>Ethier and Malek love clamshells to work your butt. “This exercise is important to target a glute muscle that tends to get overlooked in bigger movements like the squat,” Ethier explains. “It’s called the gluteus medius and plays an important role in hip stability and helping with the overall shape of your glutes.” Malek adds this move also works hip abductors and hip external rotators, which are key balance muscles and help with knee stability so you can avoid injuries and knee pain.</p> <p><strong>How to do a clamshell:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lie on your side with your knees and hips bent. Use one arm to make a pillow for your head. With your other hand, place your thumb on the bone in the front of your hip. Wrap your other fingers around the upper part of your butt. This muscle is the gluteus medius, and you want to feel this muscle working as you do the following movement, Ethier says.</li> <li>Next, while keeping your feet together and core braced, open up your top knee like a clamshell so that the knee of your upper leg rises towards the ceiling. Maintain a bent knee level with the ankle. As you do so, avoid rotating your hips.</li> <li>Hold at the top briefly before coming down and repeating for more reps. If this move is too easy, add a resistance band around the top of the knees, Malek suggests.</li> </ol> <p><strong><br />Side-lying hip abduction</strong></p> <p>Target the same critical butt muscle, the gluteus medius, with this movement. “This muscle is the balancing muscle in the glute group that helps keep us straight,” Malek explains. “It also plays a large role in controlling our trunk with hip hinges and bending over, which helps protect your back.” If this movement is too challenging, practise holding this at the top instead of doing repetitions.</p> <p><strong>How to do a side-lying hip abduction:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lie on your side, legs stacked.</li> <li>Straighten the top leg, and lift it slightly behind the torso. Be sure to avoid rolling backwards. Lower your leg, and repeat.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong><br />Step-ups</strong></p> <p>This glute exercise makes sure you’re working both sides of your butt. It requires stepping up and isolating the glute muscle of each leg, Vargo explains. If this move is hard to do with good form, lower the step or chair’s elevation. But if this is too easy, Vargo recommends adding in weights or increasing your pace.</p> <p><strong>How to do a step up:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start in a neutral position standing with feet together, core engaged and shoulders relaxed. Step up with the right foot on the chair (or whatever tool for elevation you are using).</li> <li>Press down on the surface of the chair with the right foot, raising the centre of gravity and bringing the left foot onto the surface of the chair.</li> <li>Step back off the surface of the chair with the left foot followed by the right foot, finishing the repetition in the beginning neutral stance. Repeat this with the left foot, Vargo says.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Split squat</strong></p> <p>The need to keep your balance during this movement makes it such a dynamic exercise for your lower body, especially your glutes. This is basically a single leg squat or stationary lunge, a good addition to your butt workouts.</p> <p><strong>How to do a split squat:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start in a standing position. Your back knee should be relatively perpendicular to the ground and can be elevated on a bench for support.</li> <li>Slightly hinge forward, keeping the front foot firmly placed on the ground. Keep your shoulders back as you hinge forward and lower yourself towards the ground and back up.<strong><br /><br /><br /></strong></li> </ol> <p><strong>Hook-lying hip abduction</strong></p> <p>Hip abduction occurs when you move the leg sideways and away from your body, Frison explains. The muscles used in this movement, hip abductors, not only involve your glutes, but they also help people perform basic everyday activities like walking.</p> <p><strong>How to do a hook-lying hip abduction:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lying on your back with your knees bent, so your feet are flat on the floor, bring your knees apart and then back together.</li> <li>You will want a strong band around your legs, either just above or just below your knees. You can also do this sitting if you prefer, Lauren says. Don’t let the band snap your knees back together; control it on the way back.</li> </ol> <p><strong><br /><br />Sidestep</strong></p> <p>Sidestep (or crab) targets your glutes with a resistance band.</p> <p><strong>How to do a sidestep:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Stand in an athletic position (slight knee bend, flat back) with and a resistance band around your legs (the higher up it is, the easier it will be so it can be anywhere from your upper thighs to around your feet).</li> <li>Take a large step sideways, keeping your toes pointed forwards. Follow with the other foot, keeping tension on the band the whole time.</li> <li>Repeat, walking sideways, and then go back the other way.</li> </ol> <p><br /><br /><strong>Bonus: Jump squat</strong></p> <p>OK, so this is technically a squat. But according to Halse, it’s worth adding to your butt workouts. “While regular squats aren’t as helpful for glute development, explosive exercises like the squat jump are,” Halse explains. “Your glutes are large and powerful, and designed to help you do explosive activities like sprint and jump.” That’s why you should try to include some jumping exercises in your workouts, like squat jumps. If you have knee, hip or back issues, however, you might want to avoid this exercise.</p> <p><strong>How to do a squat jump:</strong></p> <ol> <li>For this exercise, all you have to do is squat down low then jump up high. Try to get your feet to leave the ground.</li> <li>Land softly on your feet with your knees slightly bent and repeat, Halse says.<br />Now you’ve got your body sorted, give your brain a boost with these weird brain exercises that make you smarter.</li> </ol> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Emily DiNuzzo. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/fitness/17-butt-exercises-that-are-better-than-squats?pages=1"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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7 things you should always do on a Monday

<p>Start a diet<br />No matter how tired you are on a Monday morning, you’ve got to admit, the first day of the week provides a refreshing opportunity to start anew. That feeling is particularly helpful when it comes to starting a diet, according to a University of Pennsylvania report. “On certain days, called temporal landmarks, you have a different view of yourself,” said Jason Riis, co-author of the report. “You become more forward-looking.” The trick is in not tiring of your new plan by Wednesday. And if you do fall off the wagon, don’t wait until the following Monday to restart. Jump back in the next morning.</p> <p>Gossip with co-workers<br />The Monday blues are real, and scientists guess that one reason we get them might date back to our caveman days. “Humans are social animals, and to feel happy we need to feel comfortable in our place in a ‘tribe,’ so to speak,” writes Mental Floss. “Even after just two days away, according to scientists, we need to make sure our place in our work environment is secure. Gossiping with your co-workers is an important part of gearing up for the work week, and if you don’t do this, you might feel out of sorts.” It’s an interesting idea, and at the very least, you’ll value the catch-up time.</p> <p>Wash your hands<br />For one reason or another, Mondays are the most common day of the week for calling in sick. In fact, according to one British study, more than a third of all sick days take place on the first day of the week. It’s hard to say whether that’s because Monday is truly the day you’re most likely to fall ill, or because a stunning number of folk want a three-day weekend. Whatever it is, we’ll leave you with this advice: on Mondays – and every day – wash your hands.</p> <p>Head to the gym<br />For similar reasons that Monday is a great day to start a new diet, it’s also the perfect opportunity to hit your goals at the gym (or pool). One Jawbone report found Monday is the most popular day of the week for gym-goers. And while that might mean you have to wait in line for the best machines, it also means you’ll start your week on a healthy footing. We can’t argue with that.</p> <p>Schedule surgery<br />Researchers already know that the morning is the safest time of day to go under the knife. It’s when hospital staffs are most alert and least likely to make a mistake. That same earlier-is-better approach applies to days of the week as well. The risk of death after undergoing a non-emergency surgery is lowest on Monday and goes up every day of the week thereafter, according to a report in the British Medical Journal. But don’t freak if your surgeon only has spots on Thursday. The increase is a mere fraction of a percent – from 1% on Monday to 1.44% on Friday.</p> <p>Invest in the stock market<br />If you’ve invested in the stock market, you already know that the key is to buy low and sell high. And it turns out, because of a slew of market factors, stocks have a tendency to drop on Mondays. That’s bad if you plan to sell, but if you’re in the market to add to your portfolio, you may just snag a bargain.</p> <p>Make the ultimate to-do list<br />When it comes to goal setting, what better day of the week to lay things out than Monday? Research published in Psychological Science suggests that we may be more likely to follow through with our professional goals if we start on a Monday rather than a Thursday. And while there are a ton of ways to make the perfect to-do list, we like this goal-setting idea from Peter Gasca: “I make it a point to set one new and aggressive personal goal for the week, such as trying a new exercise, reading a book, or learning a new song on the guitar,” he writes on Inc. “The point is to provide you motivation during your busy week to pursue an interest that you enjoy outside of work.”</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Juliana LaBianca. This article first appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/tips/7-things-you-should-always-do-on-a-monday" target="_blank"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Rebel Wilson smashes her goal weight with a month to spare

<p><span>Rebel Wilson has ended a major “year of health” a month early, announcing she has marked an impressive milestone.</span><br /><br /><span>Taking to Instagram on Sunday, the 40-year-old actress said she reached her goal weight of 75 kgs with a month to spare.</span><br /><br /><span>“Hit my goal weight with one month to spare!” Wilson posted her story along with a photo of a scale, which read 74.6kg.</span><br /><br /><span>“Even though it’s not about a weight number, it’s about being healthy, I needed a tangible measurement to have as a goal and that was 75kg’s.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838981/rebel-wilson-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f4f32d2c694449788613c88735e734f3" /><br /><br /><span>Wilson started her health journey in January and has been documenting her experience on social media ever since.</span><br /><br /><span>“I wanna go live on Insta on Tuesday night when I’m back in US to share stuff with you guys and thank everyone for their support,” Wilson stated over the weekend.</span><br /><br /><span>Earlier this month, Wilson told People she consumed about 3000 calories per day prior to her lifestyle change.</span><br /><br /><span>“Before I was probably eating 3000 calories most days, and because they were normally carbs, I would still be hungry,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“So, I’ve really changed to eating a high-protein diet, which is challenging because I didn’t used to eat a lot of meat.”<br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838980/rebel-wilson-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/99e9e107cf0b4a16824a541f25c730f7" /></span><br /><br /><span>Appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show earlier this month, Wilson said that turning 40 helped shift her perspective.</span><br /><br /><span>She added that “stress” led her to reach for sugary treats too often.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think what I mainly suffered from was emotional eating and dealing with the stress of becoming famous internationally – there is a lot of stressful stuff that comes with it – and I guess my way of dealing with it was eating doughnuts.</span><br /><br /><span>“So I was working on the mental side of things and thinking why was I doing that? And why wasn’t I valuing myself and having better self-worth?”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838982/rebel-wilson-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2931b8c6c5c34962b88a08a325251190" /><br /><br /><span>Wilson’s new diet consists of fish, salmon, and chicken breast, admitting she also allows herself to indulge every so often.</span><br /><br /><span>“It doesn’t mean every week is a healthy week,” Wilson said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Some weeks are just write offs, and there’s nothing you can do about that.”</span></p>

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Big W recalls Christmas product after X-rated complaints

<p>Aussie retail chain Big W has been forced to recall a popular Christmas item after it was not what it seemed.</p> <p>Taking to Facebook, a customer shared a photo of a seemingly X-rated bath bomb, suggesting it looked like something phallic.</p> <p>“If anyone’s looking for bath bombs … I think Big W might have got their candy cane a bit wrong!” she captioned the image.</p> <p>Her hilarious suggestion quickly prompted the retailer to pull the $2 item from shelves across the country.</p> <p>The post in the group Big W Mums Australia was inundated with comments from shoppers also poking fun at the Candy Cane Bath Fizzer.</p> <p><img style="width: 363.024px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838932/screen-shot-2020-11-26-at-105143-am.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a1b38f95cd004c5f9311cd018299afbf" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Credit: Big W Mums Australia</em></p> <p>“The label clearly states for external use only. Calm down guys,”’ one customer joked, while another added, “Now that will be a jolly good time!”</p> <p>“I just spat out my drink!” a third person said.</p> <p>“Bath bombs are going to be popular in some household stockings this year, especially all those single ladies,” said another.</p> <p>After drawing attention for all the wrong reasons, Big W recalled the pink item.</p> <p>“We are aware that the candy cane bath bomb in our range did get some attention on social media and we certainly didn’t intend to offend our customers,” a spokesperson said in a statement to news.com.au</p> <p>“Thanks to their feedback, we withdrew the bath bomb from our range on Thursday, November 19.”</p>

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“Should we pixelate that?” Sunrise reacts to X-rated Greg Norman photo

<p>Golfing legend Greg Norman has shocked fans after sharing a very revealing photo to social media.</p> <p>The 65-year-old took to Instagram to post an image of himself walking his dog down a beach in Florida wearing a pair of board shorts.</p> <p>The post is captioned: “A man and his dog on a Sunday.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CH56_o8p7H4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CH56_o8p7H4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Greg Norman (@shark_gregnorman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>But it was an X-rated detail in Norman’s swimmers that has left the internet buzzing.</p> <p>The image sparked plenty of cheeky comments when it was shown LIVE on Sunrise during Wednesday’s episode of the Channel 7 breakfast show.</p> <p>“Shouldn’t we be pixelating parts of that?” Host David Koch asked.</p> <p>“I don’t know what you mean Kochie, what are you looking at?” newsreader Edwina Bartholomew responded.</p> <p>“It’s just a photo of Greg Norman and his dog going for a stroll on the beach.”</p> <p>Samantha Armytage jumped in, saying that “it pays to advertise.”</p> <p>“It’s a world where you’ve just got to put it all on Instagram.”</p> <p>“Well, he certainly put it all out there!” Koch added.</p>

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Fascinating origins of everyday hand gestures

<div id="page1" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide listicle-slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>When was the last time you responded to someone’s text with a thumbs-up or clapping emoji? Or maybe you crossed your fingers while waiting to hear back about that promotion? You might not think twice about why or how these common hand gestures came to be, yet we still use them in our everyday lives. Unsurprisingly, each of them has its own unique history – and some are darker than others. Learn the meaning of ten often-used hand signs, and then check out another 100 facts about practically everything.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div id="page2" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide listicle-slide"> <p><strong>Handshake</strong><br />Let’s dial it back to the basics, starting with the good, ol’ handshake. Whether you’re greeting someone for the first time, closing a deal, or making amends, shaking hands is usually the go-to gesture. Handshakes are so important that some people often base their entire first impression of you on how firm, limp, rushed, or long yours is. But if you think about it, shaking hands is a little weird. Who decided on this customary gesture, anyway?</p> <p>As it turns out, the handshake has been around for thousands of years – one of its earliest depictions in art is from the 9th century B.C., while Homer mentioned it in The Odyssey a century or two later – and there are a couple of theories about its origin, according to History.com. The first theory suggests that showing someone your empty, weapon-free palms conveys peaceful intentions, while the shaking motion would dislodge any weapons that might be hidden up a sleeve. The second theory has to do with the clasping motion when two hands meet, which symbolises good faith and a sacred bond.</p> <p><strong>The middle finger</strong><br />Ah, the middle finger. As one of the most, if not the most, offensive hand gestures, it’s no surprise that its origin is also vulgar. The hand sign’s meaning is actually phallic, and it’s believed to date back to ancient times, with the Greeks using it when referencing male genitalia and the Romans calling it the “digitus impudicus,” or the “shameless finger.” Its earliest documentation in the United States was in 1886, when a pitcher for the Boston Beaneaters “flipped the bird” in a photograph with the team’s rivals, the New York Giants. Speaking of rude hand gestures, here are ten that are OK to use in the United States but are pretty much equivalent to the middle finger if you’re abroad.</p> <p><strong>Bunny ears</strong><br />Putting two fingers up in the shape of a “V” behind your friend’s head to make them look like they have bunny ears makes for a great photobomb, but the cute hand gesture has a surprisingly dark origin. In the Middle Ages, the bunny ear gesture was referred to as “cuckold’s horns” and was used to shame a man whose wife was unfaithful; sometimes the shamed men were even forced to wear antlers on their heads. The hand sign’s meaning is also said to symbolize donkey ears, which was a common insult in Medieval times. (Think of another word for donkey to get the full impact of the insult.) Another weird gesture? Prince Harry’s frequent hand placement.</p> <p><strong>Crossed fingers</strong><br />How many times have you crossed your fingers when hoping for something to happen? Or maybe you crossed them behind your back when making a promise? Either way, people have been doing this for centuries. The original gesture was an ancient pagan custom that required two people to cross fingers, notes the BBC. The idea was that the wishes would be kept safe at the point where their fingers crossed until they came true. Pagans weren’t the only ones to cross their fingers for good luck, though. Early Christians would often cross their fingers when faced with persecution to invoke the power of Christ’s crucifixion or to absolve themselves from sin. Some would also cross fingers with fellow Christians before Mass to form the symbol of the ichthus, or the sign of the fish.</p> <p><strong>Thumbs-up and thumbs-down</strong><br />We’ve come to know and love the thumbs-up and thumbs-down emojis, but these hand gestures haven’t always been so innocent. As TIME reports, referees originally used the gestures in Ancient Rome to determine whether a gladiator should live or die – but thumbs-up meant death and pressing your thumb down on your fist meant life. Eventually, the gestures’ implications largely swapped meanings, which is why we now know thumbs-up to be positive and thumbs-down to be negative.</p> <p>Some people also believe early pilots used the thumbs-up gesture to communicate with the person starting the propeller during pre-flight checks. However, the first recorded positive association with the thumbs-up gesture wasn’t until 1917, in a book titled Over the Top by Arthur Guy Empey. Empey was an American who served in the British Army during World War I and explained that UK soldiers used the phrase thumbs-up to indicate that everything was well.</p> <p><strong>High five</strong><br />Whether you got a promotion at work, won a sports match, or scored an awesome discount while shopping, you’ve probably given or received a high five before. The gesture requires two people to reach up and slap each other’s palms in an act of celebration. Regardless of its popularity, no one really knows who to credit the gesture to – but we do know it’s likely the creation of an athlete in the late 1970s.</p> <p>The first theory claims the high five was created on October 2, 1977, when Los Angeles Dodger Glenn Burke thrust his hand over his head to greet another Dodgers player, Dusty Baker, and Baker smacked it. “His hand was up in the air, and he was arching way back,” Baker told ESPN. “So I reached up and hit his hand. It seemed like the thing to do.” The second theory attributes the origin of the high five to Derek Smith, a University of Louisville basketball player who supposedly invented it at practice during the 1978–79 season. As the story goes, another player, Wiley Brown, tried to give Smith a low five, but Smith asked for one “up high” instead – and voilà, the high five was born.</p> <p><strong>Clapping</strong><br />Clapping, of course, signifies approval or praise. Whether it’s clapping after a show, a speech, or a safe plane landing, it’s often considered rude not to do so. Although the exact origin of clapping isn’t known, applause dates back to ancient times – it’s even referenced in the Bible. In Western culture, its popularisation is thought to have originated in the ancient Roman theatre, according to the Atlantic. From there, applause made its way into politics, where Roman politicians gauged their popularity and approval based on how much applause they received when entering the arena. Applause was so highly respected that it was essentially used as a way to collect data and determine leadership value..</p> <p><strong>V sign</strong><br />Holding up your index and middle finger to form a “V” sign can be a symbol of peace or an insult, depending on where you live. In the UsK, if your palm is facing yourself while you’re making the V sign, it’s equivalent to the middle finger in the United States. However, if your palm is facing outward, the hand sign’s meaning is simply the number two. Like most hand gestures, the V sign’s true origin is a bit murky. Some people believe it originated during the Battle of Agincourt, when the French would capture British archers and cut off their index and middle fingers so they couldn’t draw a bowstring. This story continues to be debated by historians and scholars.</p> <p>What we do know, however, is how the V sign (with your palm facing outward) played a role in World War II: Many people, including Winston Churchill, often used it to signify “victory.” As the 1960s rolled around, the hand sign’s meaning also began to be known to signify “peace” by American and British youths, which was perhaps influenced by Churchill’s use of the gesture.</p> <p><strong>Salute</strong><br />The salute gesture is the movement of raising your right hand to the brim of your head cover with your palm facing down. This hand sign is primarily used in the military and is a gesture of respect; it also informs others that you aren’t carrying any weapons. Some people believe its origins date back a few thousand years, when assassins were more prevalent in the military and government; the gesture was an effort to ensure no one had ill intentions. Another theory dates back to medieval times, when knights lifted their visors to show their identities to superiors. Saluting is also thought to be a replacement gesture to removing one’s hat out of respect. Regardless of what its true origin might be, today’s standard salute was an official military gesture by 1820 and is still rendered regularly by service members as a sign of respect.</p> <p>Before we jump into this one, it’s important to note that the sign of the horns gesture has a lot of possible origins. The hand gesture is made when you hold up your pinky and index finger and hold down your middle and ring fingers with your thumb. This isn’t to be confused with the “I love you” symbol in ASL, which requires the thumb to also be out.</p> <div id="page1" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide listicle-slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>The first potential origin is related to music. If you’ve ever been to a rock or metal concert, you’re probably familiar with this popular hand sign. Many people attribute the gesture’s popularisation to Ronnie James Dio in the late 1970s…but he claims he wasn’t the one who invented it. Dio says his Italian grandmother inspired him to pick up on the “corna” gesture to ward off the “evil eye” and bad luck. It’s possible his grandmother might have been inspired by Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel<span> </span><em>Dracula</em>, which mentions characters using the gesture to protect themselves from the evil eye. In other words, we know the sign has been around since at least the end of the 19th century, but its exact origin remains a mystery.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Brittany Gibson. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/see-the-last-photos-ever-taken-of-nelson-mandela"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p> </div> </div>

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Sarah Harris unveils jaw dropping body transformation

<p>Studio 10 host Sarah Harris has unveiled the results of a dramatic-year-long body transformation in a stunning cover shoot for the latest Stellar Magazine.</p> <p>The mother-of-two overhauled her fitness routine in mid-2019 and has since lost 6kg - but as she tells Stellar’s Angela Mollard, the aim was always straight, fitness and mental health, rather than weight loss.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHlumr_MOoa/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHlumr_MOoa/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sarah Harris 📺🌮 (@whatsarahsnapped)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It wasn’t about losing weight but getting stronger. Carrying two heavy boys [sons Paul, 4, and Harry, 2] had put a huge strain on my back. So last year, after quite a while of having my back taped, I started running and strengthening my core. This is the only body I’ve got, so I want to take care of it,” she told Stellar.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHj0OJesID5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHj0OJesID5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sarah Harris 📺🌮 (@whatsarahsnapped)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“In the past, body image has affected my mental health so I don’t want to put the message out there that you should be able to snap back to your [pre-baby] body,” she says. “I’m in awe of what my body has done. I’ve not only grown these two awesome kids, but birthed them as well … Women are phenomenal. We have to get off our own backs. If I can pass that on to the sisterhood, that’s one of the lessons I’ve learnt.”</p> <p>The 39-year-old began working out with the help of a personal trainer, taking up pilates and becoming a regular runner.</p> <p>Harris said running “helps with my anxiety”.</p> <p>She also opened up about Studio 10’s on-air cull, which saw Kerri-Anne Kennerley axed and Harris’ “TV husband” Joe Hildebrand replaced with Tristan McManus.</p> <p>The TV host confirmed a rumour which claimed Harris asked for a pay cut so Hildebrand could stay, one that was declined. </p> <p>“I’m fiercely protective of Joe,” she says. “He’s my brother. That’s what families do.”</p>

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Hugh Grant reveals panic-inducing COVID-19 symptoms he experienced

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Actor Hugh Grant went into graphic detail about the strange symptoms he experienced while battling coronavirus this year.</p> <p>Grant, 60, and his wife Anna Eberstein were struck with the illness and Grant made the detailed confession on <em>The Late Show</em> with Stephen Colbert.</p> <p>The pair suffered from normal coronavirus symptoms, which included a tightness in the chest and a loss of smell but also experienced other odd symptoms.</p> <p>“It started as just a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat,” he said, describing it as “like a poncho of sweat.”</p> <p>“Then my eyeballs felt about three sizes too big and this … a feeling as though an enormous man was sitting on my chest, Harvey Weinstein or someone,” he said.</p> <p>Grant started "to panic" when he lost his sense of smell.</p> <p>“I started sniffing flowers, nothing. And you get more and more desperate. I started sniffing in garbage cans. You know, you want to sniff strangers’ armpits because you just can’t smell anything,” he explained, telling Colbert he even resorted to spraying his wife’s Chanel No. 5 perfume “directly” into his face.</p> <p>The pair have since recovered from the illness and a recent test reveals he now has antibodies for the virus.</p> <p>He's not the only celebrity to experience odd symptoms from COVID-19, with actress Alyssa Milano losing a lot of her hair after just one brushing as she was diagnosed with COVID-19. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Thought I’d show you what <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Covid19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Covid19</a> does to your hair. Please take this seriously. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WearADamnMask?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WearADamnMask</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LongHauler?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LongHauler</a> <a href="https://t.co/H0wCmzYswV">pic.twitter.com/H0wCmzYswV</a></p> — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) <a href="https://twitter.com/Alyssa_Milano/status/1292540903047852034?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 9, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“I am what they call a ‘long hauler’. Last night, I had real heaviness in my chest. I went to the ER just to make sure it wasn’t a blood clot. Thankfully, it wasn’t,” she wrote on Twitter, seemingly having the same symptoms Grant experienced.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Rebel Wilson shows off incredible transformation at Halloween party

<p>Rebel Wilson has showed off her incredible weight loss transformation in new photographs wearing a coronavirus-themed Halloween costume. </p> <p>The Aussie star dressed as a warrior princess, opting for a skin-tight leotard, a cape and purple boots.</p> <p>Sharing a number of posts to Instagram, the 40-year-old also showed off her skills with a pair of nunchucks.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHA6ULWAxqK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHA6ULWAxqK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Just call me: RONA (Warrior Princess) ...destroying ‘rona wherever I go 😝</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/rebelwilson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Rebel Wilson</a> (@rebelwilson) on Oct 31, 2020 at 9:15am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Just call me: RONA (Warrior Princess) ...destroying ‘rona wherever I go,” she wrote in one post.</p> <p>In a second post, Wilson was flanked by two other women, including her sister, who also had nunchucks.</p> <p>“TOGETHER WE ARE: THE NUN-CHICKS,” Wilson wrote.</p> <p>Rebel also posted a video to her stories showing her destroying a coronavirus cell-shaped piñata ball.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHBY6szLVxP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHBY6szLVxP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">TOGETHER WE ARE: THE NUN-CHICKS 💪🏻 @marissamontgomery @annachi.wilson @bamastunts</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/rebelwilson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Rebel Wilson</a> (@rebelwilson) on Oct 31, 2020 at 1:42pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I’m going to crush this coronavirus,” the 40-year-old said in a video.</p> <p>In another snap, Wilson was seen posing with boyfriend Jacob Busch.</p> <p>Wilson has shared several photos of her weight loss journey over the past few months.</p> <p>The 40 year old announced earlier this year she was embarking on a “Year of Health” in 2020.</p> <p>She revealed in October she was only 3kg away from her goal weight of 75kg.</p>

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“Ugly and repulsive”: Acid attack survivor slams troll after undergoing 400th operation

<p>British TV personality and model Katie Piper has shared the vicious taunt she received from a troll on Instagram, calling out the cruel nature of the comments.</p> <p>The 37-year-old has been the subject of vicious trolling since suffering a horrific acid attack in 2008.</p> <p>The mum was assaulted by an ex-boyfriend while walking in the street in London, and has since undergone almost 400 surgeries to correct the damage that resulted from the attack.</p> <p>Sharing a screenshot of the message she received on her Instagram, the troll wrote: "You're the most repulsive and ugliest thing I've ever seen why even bother with make-up."</p> <p>In response, the TV presenter noted "more work needs to be done" to combat online harassment.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFeJjjvj3lt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFeJjjvj3lt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Morning 🌻🌼 Amongst all this uncertainty the sun and being able to take walks has provided some consistency and peace. What’s providing you with a little escapism and clarity at the moment? Big or small My dress is @ted_baker</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/katiepiper_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> K A T I E P I P E R</a> (@katiepiper_) on Sep 23, 2020 at 12:43am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I've posted this message from my inbox to show you all the work and conversations around diversity and inclusion, the everyday reality for anyone who is in the minority category," she wrote.</p> <p>"The everyday existence is very different to the positivity campaigns. More work needs to be done."</p> <p>A week before, Piper shared a health update after having an operation on her right eye.</p> <p>The TV personality was left blind in her left eye following the March, 2008 attack.</p> <p>A representative for Piper told the Mail Online she was "being as brave as ever" in the lead up to the procedure and "remains positive about the future."</p> <p>"The operation was a skin graft to her upper eyelid using skin from her left arm. She is currently resting to minimise the threat of infection and to ensure a quick recovery. Katie thanks everyone for their care and warm wishes," they added.</p> <p>Piper sustained the injuries from her ex-boyfriend Daniel Lynch and accomplice Stefan Sylvestre.</p>

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