The National Weight Control Registry: the gold standard in bullcrap (Part 1)

 Whenever anybody talks about the futility of trying to lose weight, somebody like That Awful Woman (TAW), who I won’t give more publicity to by naming, will throw the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) in their face. See, it IS possible to lose weight and keep it off. This is the proof. You’re obviously just…

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Confessions of an ex-dieter

Some things are almost too shocking to admit. I was talking to a fellow ex-dieter the other day (the incredible Jenny Jameson from F*ck The Diets – why oh why didn’t I think of that name???), and we were discussing how our eating habits had changed since we’d given up the dieting mindset. And then…

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The revolutionary dry cracker and boiled water diet

Despite making a promise to myself that I would never embark on another diet, I have this week engaged in severe voluntary caloric restriction. With the help of some mutant alien gut flora that have set up residence in my gastrointestinal tract, I have rediscovered the joys of depriving myself, for my own good, and…

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Walking the walk

It’s been about a year since I discovered Health At Every Size and my life turned upside down. Despite years of yo-yo dieting, compulsive eating, binges, cravings, and a generally wacky messed up history with food, the first step – normalising my relationship with food – was actually the easiest part for me. Once I…

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They said Galileo was wrong too

A friend of mine, lifelong dieter, and recent convert to a Health At Every Size approach, has just started out on the fun task of explaining her change of lifestyle to her nearest and dearest. This did not go down well with big sis, who was somewhat scathing. Her dismissive comment: ‘Are you trying to…

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The Pirates! In an adventure with bigotry

SPOILER ALERT: Major plot point giveaway ahead! I’ve just had the dubious pleasure of sitting through the movie ‘The Pirates! In an adventure with scientists’ at the cinema. OK, it was quite funny in parts (in particular, lots of clever anachronisms about evolution), but to be frank, I thought it was a bit laboured. Still,…

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Too big for the beat: are our police officers too fat for the job?

According to the front page story in yesterday’s Metro – the world’s largest free newspaper with 1.3 million copies distributed to UK commuters every morning, a large proportion of police officers in the Met – Britain’s biggest force, do not fall into current BMI guidelines for a ‘healthy weight’. Apparently, 52% are ‘overweight’ and 22%…

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Where have all the good men gone?

On Thursday I launched a facebook ad campaign for my new business, Never Diet Again UK. So far I think it’s going quite well, with 56 new ‘likes’ in three (not yet over) days. What surprised me a bit was how many of them were from men. The ad simply has the business name, and…

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Feeling fat more dangerous than being fat!

Content note: Discussion of scientific paper using medical terms BMI and ‘obesity’ etc. A few years ago, Peter Muennig, a public health researcher at Columbia University in the States, and his colleagues published a really interesting paper looking at the impact of how unhappy we are with our bodies on our physical and mental health.…

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Proof that dieting is bad for your health

The Whiskas Diet I’ve got 2 cats. So I bought a large bag of Whiskas Biscuits at the supermarket and was standing in line at the check-out, when the woman behind me asked if I had a cat. On impulse, I told her that no, I was starting The Meaty Bites Diet again. I explained…

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