obesity

In July 2019, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) launched yet another anti-obesity campaign. Plastered on billboards and public transport services in Britain, CRUK’s campaign warned: ‘Obesity is a cause of cancer too. Like smoking, obesity puts millions of adults at greater risk of...

There has been a huge shift in the nation’s recognition of the value and skills of essential workers, particularly in professions that may not have been appreciated prior to the Covid-19 pandemic (e.g. retail workers and carers). Following the crisis, will there be a similar...

Despite a tabloid backlash claiming the programme to be ‘irresponsible’, I saw the BBC’s ‘Who are you calling fat?’ as a bravely documented example of how individual life experiences can form opinion on the topic of obesity.

Featured were nine individuals, all of whom...

In September 2019 the BPS launched their report ‘Psychological perspectives on obesity: Addressing policy, practice and research priorities’. The report highlights...

Last month in the US, WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers), launched a nutrition and weight loss app aimed at 8- to 17-year-olds called Kurbo. The app uses a traffic light system, nudging children towards consuming ‘green light foods’ (fruits and vegetables), limiting ‘...

The British Psychological Society’s Obesity Special Interest Group is up and running once again following a short hiatus. Founded in 2012 as part of the Division of Clinical Psychology’s Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology, the group is hoping to attract new members from...

Academics at Cardiff University are set to launch a trial of a new weight-loss app called Restrain, based on cognitive control training. We spoke to Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Leah Maizey about the theory behind the app and what participants in the trial will experience...

It is perhaps the health issue of our time, with around 26 per cent of adults in England classed as obese; however, approaches to prevention are often over-simplified and the condition itself so stigmatised people feel reluctant to seek support. The sixth meeting of the All...

This week I watched ‘Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’[1] and ‘The Truth About Obesity’ presented by Chris Bavin. I have mixed feelings.

Let’s start with the positive. Both...

Memoirs are often a seductive read for psychologists as they often give a depth of insight to the human experience that reaches far beyond a research questionnaire or course of therapy sessions. Roxane Gay’s most recent book Hunger is no exception and will be perhaps...