Victoria Meets Jo Fairley

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You might have read one of the many features she’s written for VH over the years, including Getting Your Yoga Mojo Back or the Apps That Make You Happier, but there is more to Jo Fairley than simply being a journalist and over the years she has added many strings to her bow…

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I left school at 16 with 6 ‘O’ Levels – and a lot to prove, having been told by my careers teacher that I would never amount to anything. I trained as a secretary and worked my way up through magazines, becoming the youngest-ever editor of a magazine – Look Now (a title for nice teenage girls) – at 23, then going on to edit the fashion title Honey, where over the three years of my editorship I worked with amazing photographers at the start of their careers, such as Mario Testino and Ellen von Unwerth, and had Mary Greenwell and Sam McKnight as my ‘resident’ hair and make-up team. Read More…

Osteopenia

Osteopenia

What is osteopenia?

Osteopenia is defined as low bone density or low bone mass, a condition in which a person experiences a decrease in his or her bone structure that is greater than the normal amount for their relevant age. Osteopenia, if left unchecked, leads to osteoporosis, a serious condition in which the bone density has deteriorated to an extent that increases the risk of breaking or fracturing bones. Osteopenia is more common than osteoporosis affecting millions of young and middle aged women.

What causes osteopenia?

It is difficult to identify osteopenia and osteoporosis because in general one does not experience any noticeable symptoms. Often a medical check may identify osteopenia and it is recommended that women have a bone density scan when they reach perimenopause, which is usually when menstrual irregularities occur and usually between the ages of 45 and 55. Read More…