Angela Meadows
Angela is currently completing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Birmingham, looking at the impact of weight stigma on health and wellbeing. You can read more about her research at or follow her @BhamPhD583. She is founder of the Annual International Weight Stigma Conference: @StigmaConf

A biomedical scientist by training, Angela has always been interested in human health and wellbeing. Despite her knowledge of biology and nutrition, Angela spent many years struggling with her weight, often wondering what was wrong with her.

Always trying to learn more about health and fitness, she qualified as a personal trainer in 2006 and worked for a local authority delivering nutrition and exercise courses for 'overweight' clients. She is also a qualified Pilates and Boxercise instructor.

In 2009, Angela undertook a Masters Degree in Weight Management and became interested in the concept of food addiction – a subject she has explored in her own research. As part of her graduate studies, Angela became aware for the first time of a large body of scientific evidence that went against all the current thinking on obesity. She learned that weight was less important to health than was fitness, and that dieting, especially yo-yo dieting is associated with worse health outcomes than being fat!

This information changed her whole life, and in 2011 she founded Never Diet Again UK, a company offering workshops and retreats focusing on health rather than weight. Their goal is to help people normalise their relationship with food, end cravings, build fitness, and improve body image and self-esteem.

She has furthered her education with training in the management of eating disorders and a range of psychotherapy techniques. Angela is an international speaker on the subject of weight and health and contributes to a number of magazines and blogs.

Entries by Angela Meadows

Separate PE Classes for Fat Kids is Not the Answer

(1) Comments | Posted 19 March 2016 | (16:12)

This week saw the Local Government Association's 'Healthy Weight, Healthy Futures' conference. Making the headlines following the event are comments from Councillor Richard Kemp, the LGA's Deputy Chairman for Wellbeing who suggested that heavier kids should take part in segregated PE classes so they won't be embarrassed about their bodies....

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Let Them Eat Cake

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2015 | (00:00)

Great British Bake Off host, Mary Berry, is in the news this week for something other than her culinary skills. In an interview with this week's Sunday Times food magazine, The Dish, she had some strong thoughts on what TV food judges ought to look like.

You don't want somebody...
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Promoting Prejudice: Ableism, Weight Stigma and Just Really Bad Science

(3) Comments | Posted 18 March 2014 | (14:42)

March 17th marked the opening of the 12th International Congress on Obesity in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. To get the conference off to a good start, the organisers - The World Obesity Federation - decided to put their money where their mouth was and turn off the escalators in the conference...

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Being Nice to Fat People? It Matters

(5) Comments | Posted 20 October 2013 | (15:45)

A couple of days ago, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence released a draft of their new guidelines for the treatment of "overweight and obese adults". I am not going to talk about the guidelines in general - that is a whole other blog post and...

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Healthy Fat Chef "Too Unhealthy" to Live in New Zealand

(10) Comments | Posted 27 July 2013 | (16:11)

After six years living and working in New Zealand, a South African chef has had his annual work permit declined for the first time due to his weight. Albert Buitenhuis and his wife Marthie moved to Christchurch in 2007. At the time, Mr Buitenhuis weighed 160kg, yet passed...

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New Year - Same Old Nonsense About Obesity

(71) Comments | Posted 2 January 2013 | (23:00)

Welcome to a new year and a new onslaught of anti-obesity messages from the establishment. To get us off to a good start, the Royal College of Physicians have just released their report 'Action on obesity: Comprehensive care for all'. The report mainly focused on the mish-mash of...

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