#24 – I Don’t want to be the ‘FAT Friend’

This one breaks my heart. I’ve had numerous iterations of the ‘fat friend’ conversation but two stand out. The first is Louise (not her real name). This happened a few years back but I remember it vividly because 5mins into the consultation Louise was in floods of tears.  I’d begun by asking if she had any specific goals: “I want to lose weight.” A pretty standard response. I probed asking if there was a specific reason why. Continue reading “#24 – I Don’t want to be the ‘FAT Friend’”

#23 – The man who didn’t eat for 382 days

Step forward, Angus Barbieri.

“for 382 days, ending 11 July 1966, the then-27-year-old Scotsman ate nothing.”


The human body is a staggering piece of kit.

On the plus side, Angus showed how fasting is a viable option if you have significant weight to lose. However, he does little to dispel the stereotype of Scotsman having horrendous diets in the first place (battered Mars bar anyone?).

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