I was asked to appear on the Vanessa Derbyshire Show BBC 2. Along with Tam Fry Spokesperson, National Obesity Forum and Body Image Campaigner Kathryn Szrodeck.
We were asked to attend as a new report by the World Health Organisation, published 6th May 2015, contends the UK is facing soaring levels of obesity. Experts at the World Health Organisation say some 73% of men and 63% of women in the UK are likely to be overweight or obese by 2030.
Another study ranked the UK second out of 28 countries for its proportion of overweight children. This worrying information means that action needs to be taken to prevent the growth of obesity.
The conversation started, Tam Fry from the National Obesity Forum stated the facts as written in the report. Kathryn dismissed the findings with what I would call unqualified reasons she stated: ‘when you go into an A&E you don’t see fat people you see sick people’ and ‘the most likely person to get a heart attack is a slim white male’ and ‘the (above mentioned) research is flawed’.
I maintain that we are aware we have a health crisis – specifically an obesity crisis – there are simple solutions out there programmes that are making a difference, programmes that work. In the meantime we have individuals debating the issues and others capitalising on the crisis – I wonder who they are speaking on behalf of and who they are representing. Chewing the fat will get us absolutely nowhere.
I met the main man from The National Obesity Forum in the lift I said hello and introduced myself. He did not want to engage, answer questions nor ask anything about what I do. Our first meeting was awkward and uncomfortable. I assumed a man in his position and the work he is doing that he would be happy to engage with a plus size fitness instructor and hear about the work on the ground. I met a woman Kathryn Szrodeck who it seemed to dismiss the evidence presented in the report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Both Kathryn and Tam did not have any suggestions of a workable solutions just banter, rhetoric and critique. Yes research may be flawed we know that nothing new there. However to quote that said research off the paper without question is naive but it is a starting point – it is food for thought.
As I was driven home (I enjoyed that part – plus I was exhausted) I reflected on my exciting morning – I was studying until 4.30am followed by an anxious sleep when I was woken up by the phone and (delighted to be) invited to appear on a BBC show.
My day changed dramatically I reflected; I started my small business from my own struggle with my weight including exercise and food and my need to adopt a healthy lifestyle and my passion to help others. I am on the ground actively providing solutions – not necessarily a blanket solution for the obesity crisis but intervention, difference and change. I am not into empty rhetoric there is a crisis out there we need action. They are many in denial but I have lived and experience obesity and the problems associated with it and heard the stories from my clients and people I meet. I am proud and happy to be working on the ground making a difference – changing lives – fighting obesity.
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