Stop Fighting Obesity – The War on Weightloss is Useless

Gavin WrenFood Education, Food Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

fighting obesity
The bathroom scales have petrified me for weeks. I feel fear in the depths of my stomach when I see them, because I’m worried that I’ve eaten too much food recently. Adamant that my slender figure was consigned to history, I felt doomed to life in the third circle of hell with the gluttons. If you need me before I die, I’ll be in a branch of Chicken Cottage.

What’s the big problem? The problem is being overweight. 10 years ago my jeans required nearly eight inches more fabric around the waist and I nudged my trusty bathroom scales to nearly thirty kilograms more than this morning’s reading. I’m proud of having fought hard to remove that excess weight and I’ll be damned if it’s going to creep back into my life.

Losing that mass uncovered neurosis around food, which endures today in paranoia and hypervigilance about my weight. It... come and read more...

Global Nutrition Report 2016 – It Affects You.

Gavin WrenFood Education, The World of Food

Global Nutrition Report 2016
I was recently invited to attend the UK launch of the Global Nutrition Report in London. The report is a huge group effort created by over 100 contributors from around the world, looking at how nutrition is experienced on a global level. My invitation was due to my imminent commencement of the Food Policy MSc course at City University London, a course which looks in detail at all aspects of the global food chain and our interaction with it. A New Perspective. Due to the way that Food is a cornerstone of civilisation, not to mention a diverse and complicated topic, it was hugely enlightening to hear the details of the report, because frankly, it’s headline findings are very easily conveyed in some simple, straightforward numbers. But first, let’s start with the word ‘malnutrition’. What does that mean to you? Shockingly underweight kids in Africa featured during video clips with…

Food Bloggers. Stop what you’re writing. Think.

Gavin WrenFood Blogging, The World of Food

Close up shot of a pair of cucumbers
This week I witnessed a new low in the world of food blogging. I’m not talking about another one of those sugar-fuelled, chocolate filled ‘breakfast’ recipes which seem to be unnervingly common from certain parts of the food blogging world and in no way helping the overconsumption and obesity problems in certain developed countries. In fact, I’m talking about sliding off the other end of the calorific scale, into the doldrums of malnourishment. But first, fellow food bloggers Before I unveil this little surprise for you I just want to interject something about food blogging which has bugged me since I first started. I’ve always felt that blogging is decidedly amateur. No prizes there Gavin. Of course it’s amateur, because that’s almost the very definition of blogging, it’s a platform in which you and I, the person on the street, the layman, can become a publisher of our own content…