I recently spoke to Mike Davis from Purposeful about my food philosophy, Meatless Monday and the 'Get Your Man in the Kitchen' campaign. Tune in via the link below or check out the Humans of Purpose podcast on iTunes.
Kudos to Peter FitzSimons! Shedding more than 40 kilos from your frame is no mean feat. The self-proclaimed ‘fatty boomka’ says he did it by eschewing sugar and grog, and upping the exercise. Now he’s on a mission to tell blokes how to shed excess weight and keep it off. His new book The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down recently hit the stands… just in time for Christmas.
Yet, as a dietitian, my peers and I have been warning people for decades about the perils of consuming too much of the sweet stuff as well as booze. We continue to sing the praises of fruit and vegetables as the cornerstones of any good diet, and we encourage people to have a hearty intake of whole grains, dairy and lean proteins, including legumes and beans. Plus, we discourage the over-consumption of ‘discretionary’ foods such as baked goods, sweet biscuits and the like. And we categorically promote the virtues of being a teetotaler or firmly suggest that people reduce the amount of alcohol they consume. However, it has taken author and ex rugby star Peter FitzSimons to uncover the ‘secret’ to weight loss, particularly for men. Clever lad!
I'm excited to announce that I've teamed up with Canadian dietitian, Andy De Santis (aka Andy The Rd).
Andy is a private practice dietitian and nutrition writer/blogger based in Toronto, Canada. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition. He has previously worked at the Canadian Diabetes Association and is a charismatic nutrition communicator. Like myself, he loves helping people to reach their health goals through dietary modification. He strongly believes that following a healthy diet can improve someone’s quality of life.
We’ve just celebrated Men’s Health Week. It’s an important initiative that shines the spotlight on men’s health issues and encourages men to take charge of their health and wellbeing. It’s clear that men face different health issues to women and we blokes also have different needs. For starters, we live five years less on average compared to women. This statistic alone is worrying.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics Leading Causes of Death by Gender (2012) shows that the death rate from the main causes of death is usually higher for men than women. In fact, more men die from heart disease, trachea and lung cancer, chronic lower lung disease, colon cancer, leukaemia, diabetes and suicide. Men also experience higher rates of addiction, violence and crime.
Think it’s only girls who get eating disorders? Think again. Boys and men also experience anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders. Research shows that up to 25 per cent of people who suffer from an eating disorder are male. It is clear that this is not only a “women’s issue”.
The prevalence of eating disorders among men appears to be increasing. Data indicates that the incidence of extreme dieting, purging and bingeing more than doubled among Australian men between 1995 and 2005. Further, some experts are predicting that more than one million Australians will develop an eating disorder in the next few years.