Creature of Habit – #MVFNewsround 6/3/2020

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Life, eh? I’ve been away from the Newsround for a while because of moving house and a bout of mumps (yes, you read that right), so without further ado here’s this week’s dose of news.


MAN v FAT Football player Jon Scott features in the brilliant Miriam Margolyes’ latest series Miriam’s Big Fat Adventure. Miriam travelled the country meeting people who are fighting back against obesity for the show in a bid to discover why, despite so much information about healthy lifestyles, our nation is at its most overweight ever. Catch the first episode on Monday 9th March on BBC2 – and keep an eye out for Jon.


Rob did amazingly at his first MVFF night and we especially like his image showing how he moved around the pitch. He’s currently training for the London Marathon (that’s if coronavirus allows it to go ahead…), fundraising for Children with Cancer UK after his own experience with bladder cancer aged just 11. Check out his fundraising page here.


The UK’s favourite pie is (quite controversially) cottage pie, according to new research commisssioned for National Pie Week. The bods at media agency Blueclaw analysed over 600 recipes and search trends from regions around the UK, only to find that cottage pie is everyone’s fave. It’s not even really a pie! The Scots have more taste, with a good old steak pie topping their list.

A common reason for losing weight is to be able to keep up with your kids, so it’s no surprise to learn that 42% of parents to young children would like to be fitter. New research by Total Fitness found that 21% of parents reckon being more active helps them to cope better with looking after young children, and if you’ve ever been left breathless after dashing into the soft play to rescue a stuck 3 year old you’ll completely agree…

BBC Three are developing a brand new format about becoming the best version of yourself. They want to hear from people who are ready to improve their body coinfidence, so if that sounds like you and you’d like to get involved, apply here to take part. They say: “Applicants must be 18 or over. We particularly want to hear from applicants aged between 18 and 25. We will try to respond to all messages received but can’t guarantee that we will respond to everyone.”


The beginning of Lent last week made us take stock of our unhealthy habits (namely too much snacking on calorific, delicious food) and it got us wondering why it can be so difficult to create new healthy habits that we actually stick to. Enter Atomic Habits, an incredibly popular method of habit setting that has sold millions and has a dedicated fanbase that swear that it has changed their lives.

It’s well worth a read (we have it on good authority that the audiobook is good too), and the author James Clear’s website is chock full of amazing articles. We particularly enjoyed The 3 R’s of Habit Change: How to Start New Habits That Actually Stick.


Dolmio have launched pouches of plant-based bolognese. There’s fiery chilli, pepper and beans and fragrant basil and carrots, which clock in at 116 and 107 calories respectively. They take 45 seconds to make and would be perfect with spaghetti or on a jacket potato.

It’s always time for ice cream, even when it’s really bloody cold out. Stick a jumper on and get ready for new the new low-cal ice creams on the block by Oppo – Simply the Zest (157 cals for half the tub) and Caramel Chocolate Crunch (199 cals for half the tub). We’re particularly encouraged by the fantastic @newfoodsuk’s glowing review – “you really wouldn’t know that this is a low cal ice cream!”. I’m sold.


This week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week – do you know the first signs of an eating disorder? They can happen to anyone – male or female, young or old – and don’t necessarily have to be anorexia or bulimia. Get more info about eating disorders on Beat’s website here.


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