Angela is currently completing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Birmingham, looking at the impact of weight stigma on health and wellbeing. You can read more about her research at angelameadows.info or follow her @BhamPhD583. She is founder of the Annual International Weight Stigma Conference: stigmaconference.com @StigmaConf
A biomedical scientist by training, Angela has always been interested in human health and wellbeing. Despite her knowledge of biology and nutrition, Angela spent many years struggling with her weight, often wondering what was wrong with her.
Always trying to learn more about health and fitness, she qualified as a personal trainer in 2006 and worked for a local authority delivering nutrition and exercise courses for 'overweight' clients. She is also a qualified Pilates and Boxercise instructor.
In 2009, Angela undertook a Masters Degree in Weight Management and became interested in the concept of food addiction – a subject she has explored in her own research. As part of her graduate studies, Angela became aware for the first time of a large body of scientific evidence that went against all the current thinking on obesity. She learned that weight was less important to health than was fitness, and that dieting, especially yo-yo dieting is associated with worse health outcomes than being fat!
This information changed her whole life, and in 2011 she founded Never Diet Again UK, a company offering workshops and retreats focusing on health rather than weight. Their goal is to help people normalise their relationship with food, end cravings, build fitness, and improve body image and self-esteem.
She has furthered her education with training in the management of eating disorders and a range of psychotherapy techniques. Angela is an international speaker on the subject of weight and health and contributes to a number of magazines and blogs.