Are your friends making you fat?

Today I have 3 questions and possible answers to help you out. 

The Questions:

1. Are your friends making you fat?

2. Are the physical education lessons in schools contributing to the rising level of childhood obesity?

3. I want to lose weight more so than ever in the coming year – is it possible? And is it very expensive?

I will address the first question first!

1. Are your friends making you fat? Are you making your friends fat?  The clip below is not 20 minutes long………But I strongly advise you to watch it and have a think.

Is Fat contagious?


You decide for yourself.

2. Are the physical education lessons in schools contributing to the rising level of childhood obesity?

You may have heard me on KCFM on Monday, I was interviewed about the recent BBC news report, stating that “children don’t have enough of a challenging workout.” (Click here to read the BBC Report)

While KCFM only gave snippets of the interview, I made some points I believe are valid…….that political correctness has gone mad and we need to encourage more competition in schools and in general.  I feel we have become a nation where anyone and everyone gets sued, and there are claims and counter claims everywhere (or you would think, if you tried anything remotely risky).   I am talking about letting kids be kids!  Let kids learn to tumble and take a fall – because thats how they learn.  We should be encouraging games that lead to them lunging, squatting and twisting (anyone remember scarecrow tig? Or stick in the mud?)  I remember Stick in the Mud getting banned at my Primary school when I was about 11 – kids were getting grazed knees………………because we werent allowed on the grass………duuuuuhhhhhhhh. (!)

Kids want to win!  I was reading a paper at the weekend, and it was England and Spurs’ own Jermaine Defoe who said he kept on playing football because he wanted to score more goals!  It feels good! 

On top of the games I spoke about, I believe its worth noting that children who are obese are more likely to have health problems such as joint pain, and an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Thats just the physical problems – eating disorders, a lack of confidence, increased liklihood of bullying………..need I go on?

The snippets cut didnt really give the full story, but I was basically saying that both parents and schools need to examine the foods their kids eat, and the activities their kids are doing.

Only by changing these 2 rather large variable are we going to see any change.   Oh – and if you wanted to know…….obesity in children has tripled in both 6-11 year olds and 12-17 year olds.

3. I want to lose weight more so than ever in the coming year – is it possible? And is it very expensive?

 A lot of people think that I only do 1-on-1 personal training.  I also have people train together – because it makes for better results.  If you were to try and lose fat………….can you imagine your best friend being there and helping you get to the gym / park / field / at home………..and making sure you are both on track?   It would help a ton!  Can you imagine your best friend has just had a party weekend, and doesn’t feel like Monday mornings training session?  You would be motivating them because you want to help you both.

Some of the best results from my clients have come from them training with a close friend, relative or spouse.  I do everything I can for my clients (even outside of sessions!)……but you are going to speak your friends more than you are your trainer (usually).  Even on facebook, you will be arranging training sessions, organising meals that are conducive to your weight loss goals etc.  I have clients who lose weight together, for around 25% less than,  when they train 1-on-1. 

25% less, and more chance of success from the added social support. Sounds like win-win to me.  Aswell, the Bootcamps have been rocking the past few months, that some weeks it has been at full capacity!  While Bootcamps are not tailored to you individually, you get expert guidance, a social support network and a gut busting training session for the price of a few beers. 

Have you got one friend or relative who feels the same as you?  Someone who is committed to improve the way they look and feel?  If you can………they might just become the best friend you ever had.

Now make sure re-watch that video, and send it to all of your friends………….I have watched it twice now and it still amazes me how powerfully true it is.


PS People are snapping up Gift Vouchers to give to their friends and family as christmas presents.  Drop me an email at if you’re interested 🙂

PPS If you want the results summary of the study that found a multivitamin decreased the chance of a heart attack in women by a massive 27% – email me.  The study was quite big…..if you think that 31,671 women over a 10 year time period is quite significant 😉






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