Pretty Unhealthy: Why our obsession with looking healthy is making us sick

October 31, 2020
Pretty Unhealthy: Why our obsession with looking healthy is making us sick

How have we messed up our relationship with food and exercise sobadly? Despite an explosion in the number of gyms, health foods andactivewear, we are more obese, less active, more stressed than everbefore.We obsess over looking healthy, but our health is getting worse.Why did we start equating beauty with health? And is it possible tobe fit and fat?Equipped with Instagram accounts and blogs, online 'wellnessexperts' lead an army of followers towards what is labelled'health' but might actually be far from it. We photograph ourselvesand our food, but aren't sure whether we like the images untilsomeone else 'likes' them first. It seems all this health andwellness is making us unhappy, poor and pretty unhealthyinstead.Heart surgeon and health commentator Dr Nikki Stamp unpicks theweb of online pseudoscience and urges us to take back our healthfrom the people who don't value it as much as we do. She exploresthe secret of long-term motivation for healthy diet and exercise,and shares the scientific value of self-kindness for true physicaland mental health.