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A small change in direction

I wanted to start this post with some brilliant observation about life that would completely sum up the last few months in a sentence or two, and thereby relieve me of the need to explain why I haven’t posted much recently. Unfortunately, brilliance is missing from my brain this morning, and instead, I’m just left with the explanation, and an apology.

When I started this blog, I’d wanted it to be a place where all sorts of weight-related ideas and issues could be explored. But before that, I’d also wanted the blog to be a record in a way, of my own journey. Don’t worry – I know full-well what a blog cliche that is. ūüôā For me, however, my own journey is really where all the other stuff comes from. I have a weight problem, and in an attempt to conquer it, I have tried to learn as much about it as possible. Wanting to share what I learned was an automatic next-step for me. (more…)

Fat Hate Goes Global

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Years ago I was watching a documentary about a tribe in Africa when I saw something which stood out in my young imagination: here were people who thought that larger women were¬†especially beautiful because they embodied fertility, success and wealth for their husbands and the tribe in general. For these people, being thin only reminded them of their¬†occasional¬†periods of¬†hunger. Overweight people were valued and cherished. Alas, it seems even these examples of different cultures and their different ways of looking at larger sized people have been mown down by Western ‘ideals’, according to a new study. (more…)

Epidemic vs. Understanding: Where’s the Solution?

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Some of the most-quoted statistics you will find anywhere in the news or on the Internet are all about the rising ‘epidemic’ of obesity now sweeping across ¬†USA, UK, Australia, and even Thailand and Japan. The reports make dire predictions of the disastrous effects this will have on economies and the future supply of medical services. While multi-national corporations make literally billions of dollars every year selling ‘solutions’ which rarely work, governments put together ‘get fit’ programs that get nowhere. Ordinary citizens – and the mass media as a whole – stigmatise, poke, prod and otherwise bully anybody who carries more than a few extra pounds. But nowhere – and I mean absolutely nowhere – is there any evidence of an actual solution to for the millions of people who suffer with obesity. (more…)

Why All The Fuss?

As we approach the first birthday of A Big Beautiful World, I thought I’d talk about why I began this journey in the first place.

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The Thin Myth

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I know some thin people who are just thin. Always have been, probably always will be. They’ve never had any extra weight on their bodies and they’ve never given a thought to eating too much beyond that one last dumpling at Yum Cha once a year. From time to time they’ll mention how they’re worried about not fitting into their clothes – but pictorial evidence over the years proves they actually don’t have any weight concerns. These are the people who are the least judgemental with people who do have weight problems. They might find it hard to understand – but they¬†rarely judge. (more…)

Sweet Dreams: How Sleep Deprivation Makes You Fat & Depressed – Part 4

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When we sleep, we dream. Everybody does it. You probably won’t remember what you dream most of the time, but you definitely do dream. If you didn’t, you’d die. Why? Because dreaming occurs during REM sleep, and dreaming performs essential functions to continued brain health. Like a lot of other things that happen in your brain while you slumber through the night, chemicals get to work, sorting out stuff, building more stuff, and generally doing all the heavy lifting so that you can get up the next morning and function properly as a human being. (more…)

Sweet Dreams: How Sleep Deprivation Makes You Fat & Depressed – Part 3

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Mechanics of Sleep

I went through most of my life with just one rule when it came to sleep – as long as I got at least 4 hours, I’d be okay. For long periods of time, I¬†actually averaged 4 hours (I kept track, believe it or not – yeah, a bit of a geek, I know). One particularly drawn-out, stressful time in my life provided me with just 3 hours of sleep per night, 5 nights out of 7. This was also a period during which I put on a substantial amount of weight. (more…)

Sweet Dreams: How Sleep Deprivation Makes You Fat & Depressed – Part 2

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When I was younger, I resented sleep. Not because I had trouble sleep – not at all – but because I had so much I wanted to do in a day and sleeping just felt like a waste of hours I could be doing something so much more interesting. As a result, I did everything I could get away with to reduce the hours ‘wasted’ in idle slumber. I stayed up late, often all night. I’d also get up early and when you’re young, it’s so easy to spring out of bed, firing on all thrusters, paying little or no attention to the sleep debt you’re busily incurring. (more…)

Sweet Dreams: How Sleep Deprivation Makes You Fat & Depressed – Part 1

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It’s the same thing every night. At about 8.30pm I find my eyelids drooping, my concentration faltering. I go into a state of what I like to call convulsive yawning – where I can barely take a normal breath before the next yawn comes along. My brain and indeed my entire body just longs for bed, sweet, sweet bed. (more…)

Acceptance – A Different Way of Thinking

When I first began researching for this blog, I had a lot of trouble finding¬†anything online that even remotely resembled what I wanted to do here. But, much to my surprise, I did find something else that I wasn’t expecting – and had never actually heard of. (more…)