About the Fat Doctor
This blog follows the journey of an overweight GP who turned 40 and realised that she was 40kg overweight with a BMI of over 40. That was simply too many 40s for her liking.
She openly admits to liking cheese and chocolate. And cake. She also admits to having struggled with her mental health since she was a teenager.
The fatdoctor is not a role model. She doesn’t have all the answers and her life is most certainly not something to aspire to. But she is willing to bare her soul by documenting her lifelong battle with her weight through her blog, videos and podcasts.
She hopes that being an authentic version of herself will inspire others to do the same. And in doing so, she hopes it will help people going through similar struggles to realise that they are not alone.
She is trying to build a positive online community, which is almost an oxymoron in today’s polarised society. Some might call her a liberal snowflake. She takes that as a huge compliment and thanks you for it.
The fatdoctor loves being able to connect with people and dreams of a time when someone reaches out and asks her to share her thoughts in some sort of public forum. Whether it is to a group of pensioners at a bus stop or a packed out arena, she loves the idea of speaking in public.
She doesn’t want to be famous (she can’t imagine anything worse) and she has no desire to become an influencer (because she still isn’t sure what that means). She just wants to make a difference in the world in some small way, and she really doesn’t care how naive that makes her sound.
You will find her on all the social media channels, but she is not after a whole bunch of likes and follows. That’s not what this is about. That being said, she encourages you to share her website with people you think might benefit.
She also encourages you to engage with her and welcomes all forms of conversation. Feel free to disagree with her, because she loves nothing more than a good discussion.
You can leave a comment after any of her blog posts or get in touch. You can even subscribe to her mailing list if you’re feeling very brave (although she promises not to inundate you with emails because she hates it when that happens to her).
The person behind the Fat Doctor
Natasha was born into a middle-class family in the leafy suburbs of North London to two immigrant parents. Neither of them spoke English as a first language, but they never taught her any language other than English. She still resents them for that.
The product of two genocide survivors (the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide), she had one of those idyllic childhoods that looked wonderful on the outside but once you got close enough, it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
At the age of 18, she left home and went to university. Since she knew she wasn’t really welcome back, she had no choice but to grow up pretty fast. She was told on numerous occasions that she didn’t have what it takes to become a doctor.
What those people didn’t realise is that Natasha loves to prove people wrong. Actually, now that she thinks about it, maybe they did know and that was the whole point.
She graduated from Barts and the London Medical School in 2003 and she soon realised that she was not destined to be the next Marie Curie or to win a Nobel prize, but she would make a pretty decent GP. Six years and a couple of children later, she became one.
Halfway through her degree, Natasha met a great guy whom she knew she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. She was really rather surprised to find out that he felt the same way.
They were married in 2004, six months after graduation. They now live in a leafy town in Hertfordshire with their 3 children and their dog.
As conventional as this sounds, Natasha remains a rebel to her core. She is not afraid to speak up, to speak out, or just to speak in general.
She once joined the PTA but left before her term was up because she was more trouble than she was worth (never come between a group of overachieving mums and a bake sale).
Nowadays, she work part time in a surgery near her home, but she longs to be able to do more for her patients than what she is able to achieve in a 10 minute consultation.
Natasha has struggled with her mental health all of her adult life. She has also struggled with her weight for the same period of time, and she knows this is not a coincidence.
She recognises that you can’t fix one without fixing the other. Moreover, she is not even sure if she wants to be fixed.
She is on a journey, and she believes in the power of words and stories. She freely admits to not having the answers, but she is pretty good at asking the right questions.
This blog is taking her very much out of her comfort zone. But nevertheless she invites you to joing her. She is still very much at the beginning of her journey and she has absolutely no idea what direction it is going to take.
She can pretty much guarantee that she is going to get it wrong on a number of occasions, but that’s OK. She has learned to embrace failure over the years. And she has no problem letting other people learn from her mistakes.
If you like what she has to say and are interested in booking her for an event or the equivalent, please get in touch using the form below.