As the name suggests, I am a doctor who happens to be fat. And whilst neither of those two things define me as a person, they are probably the reason you have ended up here today. I started this blog in June 2020 as a means of tracking my weight loss journey. At the time I was deeply entrenched in diet culture and restricting my calorie intake as a means of bringing my BMI down to a more “acceptable” level. A lot has changed since then.
Fat people experience discrimination every single day. From the classroom to the boardroom, there is no escaping anti-fat bias. Once I understood the way in which this was impacting the healthcare profession, I could no longer keep silent. Weight stigma is dangerous and people are becoming sick and dying as a result of it. Diets don’t work, the BMI needs to be scrapped and doctors need to stop prescribing weight loss.
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My blog charts my journey from serial dieter to weight inclusive GP and intuitive eater. Some of my earlier posts no longer reflect my beliefs, but rather than erase them, I have decided to keep them as a record of where I was when I started this journey and how far I have come since then. For those who are concerned about the potential for my earlier posts to trigger them, I have categorized them into “weight normative” and “weight inclusive”.
I also share some more personal posts which some might find distressing. You will find them under the category “My Story”. That being said, all of my posts come with a content warning. I deal with a range of issues including diet talk, eating disorders, depression, self-harm and suicide. Whilst I try to handle these issues as carefully and sensitively as possible, some readers may find them upsetting.
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Since starting this website, I have wanted to provide a space for other people to share their own experiences. I believe we all have a story to share and I have personally found that telling my own has been a really healing and cathartic experience. If you would like to share a story please contact me using the form below.
I’m a passionate teacher and public speaker. I run regular webinars and workshops which you can join live or alternatively watch the replay at a discounted price. I also offer a pay-what-you-can option, which you can only apply for through this website.
Work with me
I have been a guest speaker at universities, conferences, and private training events. I offer weight stigma training for healthcare professionals, employers and individuals. As a GP with almost 20 years of medical experience, I am available for expert comment or interview. I can also write a feature article, act as a spokesperson for a PR campaign and provide television or radio interviews. I have included a selection of written articles, television and podcast appearances in this section. If you are interested in hiring me to speak at events, please contact my agent Victoria Marconetto-Tyson.
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