The Stories We Tell Ourselves About Our Weight

A client recently sent me an email telling me about a show she’d watched called The Truth About Slim People. She wanted to know what I thought about it. I rarely watch shows of this nature, as I just find myself getting angry or saddened at the misinformation. But despite my usual abstaining, I decided to check it out. The Show The Truth About Slim People followed two individuals, a male and female, who were slim but didn’t diet. They had been slim all their lives despite “putting in no effort”. Friends, partners and colleagues all testified how unfair it was that they were slim despite … [Read more...]

Hormones, Weight Gain And Aging

I love studying physiology. When I reflect on the body and it’s abilities, I’m routinely in awe at what it does. Without you even thinking about it, these highly complex and intricate processes are happening everyday. The female reproductive system is one such area. The multiple hormones, organs and systems involved are truly astonishing. And as I currently watch my pregnant fiancé growing bigger everyday, it’s a constant reminder. A number of the “reproductive” hormones have roles outside of reproduction. Oestrogen and progesterone are obviously crucial to the menstrual cycle and for … [Read more...]

Weight As A Moral Issue

There are lots of things that can be potentially bad for our health. As a society we seem more accepting of some, but not so of others. There is lots of research that shows longer working hours can be problematic for our well being. It’s linked with impaired sleep, depression, heavy drinking, diabetes, impaired memory and heart disease (to name a few). Symptoms and illnesses that can impair someone’s quality of life. Overworking is also bad for the economy. It’s an expense for individual businesses due to lower productivity and absenteeism. It’s also a burden for the health services, … [Read more...]

Body Image and Men

A couple of weeks ago I was sitting at Portugal airport waiting to come back home. I’d been out in Portugal playing golf with 10 friends, as well as my Dad, who’d also flown over from Australia to join us. A very memorable holiday. As I sat killing time I was flicking through Facebook and looking for things to read. I came across this article in Esquire magazine about the rise of something called “spornosexual”. After reading this post, I suggest checking out the article. The term spornosexual is used to describe a male who is social media and selfie obsessed and takes his cues on his … [Read more...]

Separating Health and Weight

It’s the start of the year. Given the predictability of the media, diets, detoxes and weight loss are taking up huge amounts of column inches. Implicit (and explicit) in all these articles is the idea that being "overweight" is unhealthy. That fat is dangerous. That anyone who cares about their health should be making a concerted effort to battle the bulge and get in "shape." The basic premise being that weight in and of itself is a problem and that if we can get it off (by whatever means) our health will improve. .... This is an article I wrote for Ravishly. You can read the whole … [Read more...]

Stress And Weight Gain

I’m one of the lucky people and I’m naturally quite lean. I have one of those “metabolisms” where regardless of how much I eat or how much exercise I do, my weight is basically the same. I’m not as thin as I was in my early 20s but I’m still pretty lean. Despite my steady weight, in the last decade there have been four occurrences when my weight has increased over a short space of time, and three of them have something in common. In the spring of 2005 I had been living in the UK for just short of 2 years. My visa was coming to an end and I applied for a new visa that would let me stay … [Read more...]

Fat Stigma and Obesity

One of the biggest “issues” that we constantly hear about today is the “obesity epidemic”. The notion that we as a society are becoming fatter and that this fatness is leading to poorer health. In talking about this issue the term “obesogenic environment” has started to be used. This is defined as “the sum of influences that the surroundings, opportunities, or conditions of life have on promoting obesity in individuals or populations”. What I find when people refer to the “obesogenic environment” is that the focus normally revolves around ideas to do with exercise and food. Things … [Read more...]