A Simple Solution to the UK's Obesity Problem - 'Tax the Fat'

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

As a therapist that specialises in weight loss, I've heard more excuses why people can't lose weight than a secondary school teacher asking for homework. Everything from I'm allergic to healthy food, to fruit and vegetables make me fat - and the finger seems to be always pointing at everyone else...

The Darker Side of Fat Shaming

Vicky Frankland | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Frankland

There are other beliefs out there too however and these are the ones that I want to discuss today; specifically in relation to fat women. The kind of beliefs I am talking about are the darker side of the fat hating culture; the kind that people, men in the most part but also women, do not admit exist. So what are they?

On Being Mistaken for a Pregnant Lady on the Tube

Christina Kenny | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Kenny

How could this be happening? ... I'd lost a lot of weight over the last couple of years and am now a size 14 (the slimmest I've been since I was 14). But that's obviously not good enough if I look pregnant. And not just a bit pregnant - enough to make two sober and presumably rational adults assume that I am pregnant enough to need to sit down on public transport. That's, what, like, seven months?

Hi I'm Fat, I'm Not Sorry About That

Becky Barnes | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Barnes

In a society transfixed on appearance and perceived beauty are we fighting a losing battle? Will there ever be a time when fat people can walk down the street without being verbally and physically abused. Will we stop being the butt of jokes on panel shows and sitcoms? And when will a fat woman take the romantic lead in a film without having to be funny or tragic?

Wobbles Are Inevitable...

Becky Barnes | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Barnes

Nearly 7 years ago now, I had a gastric bypass. I weighed around 24 stone and was a size 32. I was aged 27 at the time and more than anything, I desperately wanted to be thin. I had suffered from eating disorders. I had been on an endless cycle of diets, gruelling exercise regimes and diet pills, but nothing had made the impact I wanted it to.

Too Fat to Run?

Julie Creffield | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Creffield

"Tell me about your weight?" he asked and I knew where this was going. "The problem is you are just too unfit to run this marathon" he continued. If rolling your eyes was a more acceptable way of showing your contempt I would have done so but instead I simply replied, "What you mean is I am TOO FAT?" To which he just smiled and sat back in his chair.

One Judgement Fits All?

Esther Hayden | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Hayden

Recently I walked into my local swimming pool at 6.30am. Among the swimmers wiping sleep from their eyes, there was one woman racing up, down, up, down, up, barely raising her head for breath. What assumptions are you already making about her? Keen? yes. Fit? clearly. Thin? no.

Don't Police My Body

Rivkie Baum | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rivkie Baum

Linda openly admits she is 'fattist' (how is this even a term?), objecting to the fact that being a size 18+ is unhealthy. "I am unapologetically fattist. It's unattractive, it's unhealthy and, given the problems that being fat can cause, it should be as unacceptable as smoking." - Linda.

Do Reality TV Shows Promote Fattism? This Expert Seems To Think So

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Secret Eaters, The Biggest Loser - millions of us tune in to watch these addictive reality TV makeover shows. But a university lecturer is asking ...

Cooking Oil Smoke Points: Are We Asking the Right Questions?

Christopher James Clark | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christopher James Clark

I regularly enjoy steamed foods with liberal amounts of healthy fat applied post-cooking. My primary fat sources include coconut, butter, olive oil, avocados, and full-fat fermented dairy (yogurt and kefir). In my opinion, smoke point proclamations give the impression that refined PUFAs are safe and omega-6-rich diets are healthy. The science suggests otherwise.

Your Kid Is Fat? That's Your Fault

Xavier Toby | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

Aussie kids are apparently some of the fattest in the world. The 'Active Healthy Kids Australia' report card recently graded Auusie kids a 'D-'. Barely above a fail, and certainly nowhere near fridge-worthy...

Lose a Little Weight and Keep It Off Says the NHS

Louise Graham | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Graham

Stop thinking that the next new diet fad is the Holy Grail and start making small lifestyle changes. Boring and sensible, perhaps, but it works and you can stop obsessing about food and get on with your life.

Five Workouts to Target Belly Fat

Realbuzz.com | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There's nothing more depressing than seeing that little pot belly poking obstinately over the top of your hip-slung trousers. Whether it's a post-baby belly or a few too many beers, tummy fat can be tough to shift and potentially harmful to your all round health. But panic not. There are tried and tested techniques that can turn a tummy into a triumphant six pack.

Why Eating Biscuits for Breakfast Is a Bad Idea

Louise Graham | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Graham

Whether it's sweet biscuits washed down with liquid sugar (juice) for breakfast or shop bought leftovers for lunch and dinner, reframing the way you see your food goes a long way to achieving the slim body you desire.

This Treatment Literally Freezes Your Love Handles

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A Harley Street clinic has seen a huge increase in tummy and love-handle fat freezing treatments that they say is attributed to photographs of Keira K...

Needle or Knife: What Is the Future of Cosmetic Surgery in Britain?

Laura Casewell | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Casewell

The biggest debate which continues to rumble on is whether cosmetic surgery offers better results to non-surgical treatments. But is it actually more likely that a mixture of the two is often the key to patients getting the best results?

Dame Sally Davis and the Normalisation of Obesity

Scottee | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Sometimes people are just fat and happy - which is the sort of people Sally is most frightened of; those of us that stick two chubby fingers up to a world obsessed with the scrutiny of women's bodies, diets that promote starvation techniques and the idea that thinness is somehow related to successfulness. Obesity isn't curable if you don't want curing.

Your Guide to Annoying People on the Bus

Fez Sayed | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fez Sayed

Like Spike Lee's aptly titled movie, 'Get on the Bus', I've decided to examine the random characters I always come across on my weekday commute home from making an honest buck. I say honest buck. I mean expenses only internship. (Just kidding London360, I love ya really).

Why Putting Your Diet on Pause Helps You Lose More Weight

Louise Graham | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Graham

If you've ever tried losing weight you'll know those feelings of frustration when you've lost a few pounds and you reach a plateau. It's enough to get you hunting down your favourite snack. So are you really destined for a life of yo-yo dieting and gradually increasing girth?

WATCH: How to Tell Good Fat from Bad Fat

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

With the disarray surrounding fat, sugar and protein and the debates between health experts, dietitians and fitness gurus, we don't wish to take sides...

Why Is FAT Still the Biggest Insult?

Rivkie Baum | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rivkie Baum

The connotations of fat are clear and calling someone so in an argument is really just making a sweeping generalisation and assertion about their character. As a society we believe that being fat equates to laziness, being unhealthy, unattractive, thick, unsuccessful and unpopular - it's little wonder that these three little letters are the go-to insult...

Sugar, Not Fat, Is the Enemy

Nicholas Polo | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicholas Polo

In the last ten years governments around the globe launched huge campaigns against the tobacco industry and rightly so. Holding a cigarette in the United States became such a taboo; you might as well be holding a gun instead! Sugar has become the new tobacco killer and governments have done very little, if anything at all, to tackle this problem. Why?

The Fat Revolution in Cosmetic Procedures

Stephen McCulley | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Stephen McCulley

Over the past few years there has been an explosion in the popularity of fat transfer procedures. Although fat transfer procedures (also known as fat ...

Fatphobic People Say the Darndest Things

Sofie Hagen | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Sofie Hagen

Like most fat people, I have had a lot of mindless, hateful abuse spat at me. Strangers have either shouted "F**k you, fat b***h!" after me as I walked down the street or simply added a "You shouldn't eat that." if I eat anything but lettuce in public.

Fat or Sugar - Which Is Worse?

Dr David Ashton | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr David Ashton

There is nothing new about our love of fat and sugar. We have a strong evolutionary drive to eat these foods because they are rich sources of calories which can be laid down as fat - which is simply stored energy. Our ancestors needed plenty of fat to fuel activity during periods of food scarcity and to pay for our large, expensive brains.