Do your friends influence your weight? How we feel about our size and shape is influenced by our friends, according to a new study

Do YOUR friends make you feel fat How we feel about our size and shape is influenced by the way pals feel about theirs, study reveals | UPDATED: 17:17 GMT, 6 November 2012 It is a well-known fact that women compare their figures with one another. But scientists have now taken this social comparing one step further, saying that women's body-related issues mirror what they think their friends' body image concerns are too.

Relationship on the rocks? How one woman saved her marriage – just by being NICE to her husband

Relationship on the rocks How one woman saved her marriage – just by being NICE to her husband | UPDATED: 00:34 GMT, 25 October 2012 Two events signalled that my marriage was in trouble. The first was forgetting our sixth wedding anniversary, when neither my husband nor I sent flowers, a gift or even a card. Colin mentioned this about three days later, and we laughed nervously about how silly and forgetful we were, grateful we were as bad as each other

So IS he just not that into you? The website helping women decipher men"s cryptic texts

So IS he just not that into you The website helping women decipher men's cryptic texts | UPDATED: 18:26 GMT, 9 October 2012 Mixed messages: HeTexted is a new website that helps hopeless romantics decipher their date's cryptic text messages Most single women can identify with overanyalzing a date's cryptic text message.

More than half of Brits are too embarrassed to talk about sex – and women are worse than men

Sex, death and money revealed as topics of conversation most loathed by Brits Over half of British adults find sex the most awkward topic to discuss with partners and friends Death (29%) and money (22%) rated second and third most uncomfortable conversation subjects Those surveyed say they'd rather talk about 'anything else' than sex Women less keen than men to talk about sex, death and money | UPDATED: 16:30 GMT, 5 October 2012 With the rules that govern modern society relaxing by the day, you'd be forgiven for thinking the stereotypical strait-laced Brit was gone for good. Not so, according to a new study, which revealed that sex, death and money are the three conversation topics guaranteed to have Brits break out in a cold sweat. Asked to rate the most uncomfortable conversation topics, more than half of those questioned said they find sex the most difficult to discuss with partners and friends.

Third of women admit to tuning out of a conversation within 15 seconds, with work talk and soap gossip being the biggest turn-offs

Say what A third of women admit to tuning out of a conversation within 15 seconds, with work talk and soap gossip being the biggest turn-offs | UPDATED: 21:47 GMT, 31 August 2012 Nearly a third of women ‘tune out’ of a conversation after just 15 seconds, according to a new study.

This trend for older parents is, I fear, creating unhappy, stressed and spoiled children

This trend for older parents is, I fear, creating unhappy, stressed and spoiled children | UPDATED: 15:42 GMT, 1 August 2012 When my first child was born, I was young and, like most of my friends who were also having families in their early 20s, I took having children in my stride. My husband and I achieved this by taking no more notice of them than we could possibly help. This sounds flippant, but I mean it relatively — compared with the mollycoddling and indulgence that passes for parenting these days.

Lorraine show fashion guru accused of plugging Debenhams on air does NOT favour brand in his segments, store says

Lorraine show fashion guru accused of plugging Debenhams on air does NOT favour brand in his segments, department store says Mark Heyes accused of favouritism towards department store who pay him as brand ambassador Source suggested he uses too much of store's clothing in his weekly slotBut department store says Heyes uses Debenhams entirely in line with other big brands on the show | UPDATED: 10:39 GMT, 28 June 2012 Debenhams has come out to defend a freelance television stylist accused of plugging their brand on air. Reports in the Mirror suggested that Mark Heyes, a fashion expert on ITV's Lorraine who is also employed as a brand ambassador for Debenhams, seemed to show favouritism towards the department store over other brands during his weekly slot. They also noted that Heyes sits on a judging panel for Lorraine's annual High Street Fashion Awards, which for the past two years has crowned Debenhams Best Department Store

Anna Wintour arrives hours early to the Met ahead of tonight"s ball

Aren't you supposed to be fashionably late Anna Wintour arrives hours early to the Met ahead of tonight's ball | UPDATED: 22:12 GMT, 7 May 2012 She is the doyenne of all things fashionable so one would expect Anna Wintour to arrive stylishly late to New York's Costume Institute on the day of its grand gala event. And yet just hours ago, an elegant and demurely dressed Ms Wintour was spotted at the entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art being mobbed by paparazzi.

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole renew friendship as she confirms Girls Aloud"s November reunion

'We certainly had some interesting conversations!' Cheryl Cole on renewing friendship with Cowell… as she confirms Girls Aloud's November reunion | UPDATED: 11:55 GMT, 25 April 2012 She's back on track with her music career after being fired from X Factor USA. And as she promoted her new single Call My Name today, Cheryl Cole spoke about renewing her friendship with music mogul Simon Cowell, telling Chris Moyles the pair had enjoyed some 'interesting conversations' after her axe.

Emmerdale actress Natalie Anderson is four-and-a-half months pregnant

Emmerdale actress Natalie Anderson shows off tiny baby bump as she reveals she is four-and-a-half months pregnant | UPDATED: 09:43 GMT, 19 March 2012 Emmerdale actress Natalie Anderson is to have a pint-sized addition – after revealing she is pregnant. The 30-year-old star, who plays the soap's barmaid Alicia, announced she is four-and-a-half months pregnant with her first child. The Woolpack pint-puller said she now has the challenge of concealing her bump on-screen until she stops working in June.