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January, 2011:

Stressing the Point

Everybody gets stressed. It’s a fact of life. Even people who live the least stressful lives experience stress at some point.

We all react differently to stress. Some of us get angry or irritable, some get teary or just quiet. And yes, there are those of us who eat.

Part of the problem about eating when you’re stressed is that stress itself actually makes you eat. (more…)

Celebrity Up-Size – Some Figures to Watch

In our wonderful modern world, we get constantly hammered by the images of emaciated celebrities with their enhanced breasts, talon-like nails and teeth so white you can see them from space. It’s been a long time since I considered any of that beautiful, and yet, without our will, it seems, our eyes are still drawn to these people. Despite our best intentions, somehow, subconsciously, we still admire them for those features, even when we know we shouldn’t. Part of the problem is that there often isn’t any alternative, no member of the ‘beautiful people’ or celebrity genre that bears any resemblance to the person we see in our mirrors. (more…)

Help is at Hand

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Many years ago, when I first realised that I had to do something about my weight, the only path to action was to talk to my doctor. Alas, doctors back then would just put me on a strictly calorie-controlled diet and I’d lose weight for a few weeks, then put it all back on. I didn’t know any better, so I kept repeating this process, each time expecting a different outcome (which apparently is the first sign of madness!). (more…)

Once Upon a Time…

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Once upon a time, it was a good thing to be fat. No, seriously, it was. Of course, that was some time ago, and well, we were all a lot hairier and had a tendency to eat our meat raw – but it was still a good thing to be able to put on weight. It was so good, in fact, that most of those who survived the daily challenges of life, were those who could put on weight.

Okay, that was 10,000 years ago, but in reality, that’s not even a blink in terms of the evolution of the human body.

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Brief Interlude

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Dear Community

Happy New Year!

My apologies to you all for the unscheduled break in transmission. Real life has a marvellous way of interrupting you, just when things are getting interesting.

And of course, there was all the Christmas festivities and … well, you know how it goes.

Anyway, I have a long list of what I hope are interesting, helpful, practical and exciting posts headed your way.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting about companion websites this this blog, some new scientific research on obesity, a few things about exercise that you probably don’t know, and the long-promised story of how I came to be writing this blog in the first place.

So please stay tuned. We’re just getting started!

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