When you’re young, you innocently believe that no force imaginable could ever tear you apart from your friends. And then in adulthood, you realise the truth about...
Being a migrant isn’t a ticket to the good life, writes Amal Awad. Many migrants suffer greatly in their quest for a ‘better life’. It’s time to reconsider how we...
Expecting parents are strongly encouraged to undergo prenatal testing for Down Syndrome in Iceland, and the vast majority do - but why are nearly 100 per cent...
Let’s challenge the stigma at its source.
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A new look at how autism affects girls

They have more trouble with certain cognitive functions than boys on the spectrum do.
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A large Indian study of 4,500 newborn babies found that the right microbes can prevent a life-threatening condition called sepsis.
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Pecs appeal.

Explore what obesity really looks like

Determine the personal and scientific realities of Australia's obesity epidemic with SBS's new three-part weekly documentary series: 'The Obesity Myth', debuting on Monday 4 September on SBS at 7.30pm. #TheObesityMyth

'The Obesity Myth' shines a new light on an epidemic.
What is 'overfat' and how do you know if you are?
As a nation, Australia is growing – in trouser size, dress size and t-shirt size. And worryingly it’s starting at a young age.
A new Australian-led study has shown that a person who becomes obese because they ‘overeat’ may actually have a clinical addiction to food that is high in fat and...
US researchers will do a clinical trial on faecal matter pills as a means to reset an obese person's microbiome


Let's talk about sex, love, dating, marriage, coupledom.

Today, I'm estranged from several family members – mostly by choice. The distance between our hearts and minds is greater than the distance between our homes.

I had no sex life

"It was rich, a perfect match from my body and myself."
A fascinating US study shows that competition is rooted in culture, not biology.
When Martine Burke* got married almost a decade ago, she didn’t count on her husband’s prison sentence being part of the deal. Now, a single parent to three young...
Maybe it’s time to realise that your ‘other half’ has been right there all along?


Here's how you can nourish the mind, body and soul. No empty calories here.

Mental illness is far from rare. In fact, a new study shows that around 80 per cent of us may develop a mental health condition during the course of our lives.
An evolutionary psychologist’s take on Buddhism.
Women have evolved to have stronger immunity than men. But this comes with downsides - women are more likely to have autoimmune diseases due to their "reactive"...
If even vegetarians sometimes eat meat, then eating meat can’t be so reprehensible from a moral perspective, can it?
The down side of calorie counting is that it takes a lot of effort. So is it worth it (and how does it compare to other weight loss tools)?
"Ask people if they’re upper, middle, or lower class, and their answer will depend not just on the money in their bank accounts, but also on how researchers...
Creativity without mastery is often messy.


Parenting for modern families: new rules for a new age.

Can writing a letter mend or hinder a broken relationship?
Ian Rose always thought he’d be the kind of laid-back, easy-going and low-maintenance parent who’d be the teacher’s pet. His son’s ASD is changing things.
According to Stepfamilies Australia, one in five Australian families is a stepfamily. So why is our culture so slow to recognise the emotional labour of...
How do you teach your babies your parents’ mother tongue when your own linguistic skills leave a lot to be desired? Dilvin Yasa details her struggle.
The world has long been plagued by the myth of French women. We can’t seem to get enough of what makes them so effortlessly beautiful, impossibly fashionable, and...
Exhausted stay-home dad Ian Rose screws up big-time while trying to squeeze some errands into school-break mayhem - judge for yourself if he’s evil, lazy or just...
Working from home is tricky enough, but the school holidays pose some specific challenges. Here’s how to get around them.


Meet our columnists. They've got strong views on all things. Their words may (or may not) change the world.

How Les Murray reshaped a nation (and my glutes)

"The people who can break your actual physical resistance to sport, I have found, are the people who have changed sport itself."
The 2017 G20 Summit, of which Australia is a part, is currently upon us. But what do politicians actually do at these World Meetings of Economic Powers (apart...
On July 7 2005, Ian Rose was in the middle of his native London when the bombs went off. Twelve years on, with the UK shaken from a sequence of fresh catastrophes...
If we want to honour Islam’s diversity as well as our own, Australia must start differentiating between Islam’s many sects and schools of thought. Ruby Hamad...
If we fight for the new Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot’s wage, this doesn't mean we are fighting for our an increase in our own pay, writes Helen Razer.

Health check

Breaking down the latest medical news, global health issues, research and analyses.

Good news for those of us who spend most of the work week slumped in a chair.
Why so many still believe birth control is to blame for those extra pounds.
There are so many benefits to living an alcohol-free life, as Rosalind Reines can attest. Besides just giving your liver a rest, you spend less money and dodge...
A new study analysed poems and blog posts written by people who were nearing death.
The benefits of the Mediterranean diet are well established. But what if the health advantages only applied to you if you were well-off and well-educated? New...
Most people are unaware of the severe impact ice has on the heart.
Married people used to have a healthy edge over single people, reporting better health outcomes if they were hitched. But a new study suggests the the 'protective...
The Young Pope

Get hooked on the critically acclaimed series created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton, binge the complete season now at SBS On Demand.

I'm Your Man

I’m Your Man explores the diverse history of some of Australia’s best-known boxing legends, using innovative technology to create a fully interactive and immersive experience. 

"To map Australia’s boxing legacy is to also map the history of some of our country's most socio-economically disadvantaged. To these men boxing is not just a sport it...
I’m Your Man explores the diverse history of some of Australia’s best-known boxing legends.

I'm Your Man

An interactive documentary about Australia's boxing legends.
Offering free boxing lessons for Indigenous children every week, the program has attracted descendants of Aboriginal boxing legends such as Lionel Rose and...
In the lead up to #MundineGreen2, NITV takes a look back at some prominent Aboriginal boxers of yesteryear.

Celebrating womanhood

Relish in our inspiring, motivational and celebratory news with a feel-good SBS story. 

Fairytales have taught us that the figure of the stepmother is loaded. Neha Kale speaks to three stepmothers and finds out that the rewards and challenges of step...
Who are these doting women we know as aunts?
Does the prospect of organising a satisfying Mother’s Day paralyse you with a deep, dark dread? Well, rest easy! We’re here to help.
To all the women who keep charging forward, who never give up despite all that is thrown at them. You are the women who have shaped me.
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen wasn’t always a vegan or a feminist or proud of her Vietnamese heritage. In this letter to her younger self, she braces her teenage self...

Challenging racism

Stories that wrestle with matters of identity and culture, and challenge racial preconceptions.

Whenever there is a racist incident we hear people talk about the need for more education. And, to be fair, a lot of racism does stem from a lack of education, but that is only true for those who soak...

K-Pop artists speak out about racism

There are a number of K-pop stars who faced racism in the industry.
'Speed Date A Muslim' is not a romantic or social event. It's a meetup with a difference, designed to provide a safe space for non-Muslims to meet Muslims, ask questions and smash racial boundaries.
Thanks to new science on the psychology of racism, you can measure your own racial bias – and make a start towards reducing it.
White guys who say they're into 'Asian chicks' might think they're super progressive, but some Asian women disagree – strongly.
How much do we actually know about the concept and history of this sociological term, which is rapidly gaining popularity?
Do we really believe that all racists care about women’s rights?


Stories bringing Indigenous into Australia’s identity. Celebrating inspiring groups and individuals. #WalkWithUs

Greek migrant Meletis Apostolou arrived in Australia in the 60s. He tried unsuccessfully to begin his new life in Melbourne and in Sydney. He had the 'Bonegilla' experience, and soon after he decided ...
Naming conventions can be inherently colonial. Whoever gets to decide the names of things has a position of power over the thing they are naming.
Thanks to a close knowledge of local resources and produce, Aboriginal people have been enjoying the best native produce that Australia has to offer for thousands of years. European colonists meanwhil...
Learning to read can be hard enough without a camera following your every move. The director of a moving new doc tells us how she convinced a brave group of Indigenous adult literacy students to let h...

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