The O-Word Is the Second Preventable Cause of Cancer After Smoking. Is It True? Is It Helpful?

Cancer Research UK is in the news again with another of their stigmatising campaigns.  Last year they launched a national campaign on the connection between ‘obesity’ and cancer. Billboards all over the country featured a game of hangman. Remember this? This year, the campaign is drawing...

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How to Find Your Eating ‘Off-Switch’

Why you can't find your off-switch I hear this a lot from people: 'I don't have an off-switch!' 'I don't know when to stop eating!' 'Once I start, I can't stop eating - it's like I have no off-switch!' or 'I've never had an off-switch' It breaks my heart to hear this. Having the experience...

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How to Stop Feeling Shame Around Eating

The only reason you feel shame around what you eat is that you're believing you're wrong for having eaten it. It's not that sugar is bad. It's not that bread is bad. Or pasta, or anything else the diet gurus will have you believe. Those foods are just foods. They are not good or bad. They are not...

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Comment on The Telegraph’s ‘Overweight and proud, but is the game finally up for ‘fat-fluencers’?’

Three prominent fat activists were recently interviewed by a reporter from The Telegraph newspaper, a conservative-leaning daily broadsheet here in the UK (conservative with a small c though some would say with a capital C). Let me introduce you to these three inspiring women: Amy Pence-Brown is the...

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Fearmongering in the News This Week About the O-word ‘Crisis’

In Harry Potter, there was a taboo on saying the name of the evilest character, Voldemort. The story goes that there was a spell on the name and that anyone who uttered it could be tracked down by Voldemort and his allies. Hence he was referred to as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named or You-Know-Who. I'm doing...

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