Psychologist and anti-stigma activist; founder of the Annual International Weight Stigma Conference
Angela has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Birmingham, looking at the impact of weight stigma on health and wellbeing. You can read more about her research at angelameadows.info or follow her @BhamPhD583. She is founder of the Annual International Weight Stigma Conference: stigmaconference.com @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.
Angela is an international speaker on the subject of weight and health and contributes to a number of magazines and blogs.
The idea of school PE should be to not only to force children to 'endure' the classes until they're old enough to give them up for good. The ultimate goal should be foster a good relationship with physical activity that sets the children up for a future in which an active lifestyle plays a part.
There is no morality to food. It is sustenance, joy, sharing, culture, and just plain fun. We were given taste buds and pleasure centres in our brains for a reason. And bodies that live, breathe, play, and love.
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 centre. If only they'd put their brains there instead.
How did we become a society where (a) doctors needed to be told to respect their patients, and (b) that the suggestions that fat people deserved respect became so shocking as to be front-page news? But the media were right - this is a story.
Weight stigma appears to be the last socially acceptable form of prejudice and discrimination, and many people engage in behaviours towards fat people that most societies and individuals would deem abhorrent if directed towards other groups, for example, people of colour or certain sexual orientation.
No intervention for obesity has been proven to produce clinically significant and sustainable weight loss in the medium- to long-term. Not diet, not exercise, not behavioural interventions, not even bariatric surgery.
02/01/2013 18:06 GMT
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