My friend is great at Rubik’s cubes. When she gets one in her hands she seems to widdle it around at a blurring speed and then it’s done. I’m rather less talented at them, but I can vaguely remember seeing and hearing about them all the time when I was…

I don’t know if you’ve ever had periods in your life where you can’t sleep. I have, and I remember feeling pretty desperate about it. Your eyes want to shut all day, but when you get to bed at night, it’s like they’re held open by matchsticks. …

It wasn’t the medical profession who first made the connection between obesity and ill health; it was the insurance industry. In the early 20th century, life insurance companies noticed an increased number of deaths in heavier people. …

I’ve never been a good songwriter. Rather than trying to be the next Phil Collins or Dave Grohl, I was happy to just be a drummer. That didn’t stop me having the occasional go though, it just never worked out the way I’d hoped. One time I thought I’d cracked…

If you had a final exam tomorrow morning that was the culmination of three years of dedicated work, would you finish studying and get some sleep, or go out and get wasted? The latter is actually more popular than you might think.

What’s known as “behavioural self-handicapping” in psychology is…

Did you know that a rats favourite treat is a chocolate milkshake? It’s true. You wouldn’t expect a rat to have a problem with obesity, or to be a picky eater, but both of these assumptions would be wrong. Offer them a strawberry or vanilla milkshake and they turn their…

Have you ever met a celebrity and thought they looked different in real life? It’s as if we’ve built up a mental picture of them that, if not quite what expected in the flesh, forces us to have another look to make sure they’re not really an imposter. …

Steven Kemp

Hi, I’m Steve. I write to take the myths, misunderstandings, and confusion out of nutrition

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