I trained as a State Registered Nurse qualifying in 1977. I then went on to study midwifery before returning to general nursing working in A&E and fracture and orthopaedics. In 1991 I qualified as a health visitor and worked in Cumbria and North-East England. The following year I was asked to work with the Dept of Health developing services within primary care for patients with drug and alcohol problems. at the end of this 1 year project I returned to health visiting and also completed an MA in Counselling at Durham University. In 2002 I was appointed as a Nurse Consultant in Obesity management and established the first nurse-led, community-based, NHS service in the country. The service was commended by, amongst others Derek Wanless describing it as an example of best practice. I was the first nurse able to prescribe anti-obesity medication and also developed an 'expertise' which enabled me to assess patient's suitability for consideration of bariatric surgery. I retired from the NHS in 2008 but continued to work with the overweight and obese and have recently put my knowledge and understanding of overweight and obesity into print.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in London not that this has had any influence on my writing. That said, in thinking about my school days, 'fat' children were the exception rather than the rule unlike today when an overweight or obese child is not an uncommon sight.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing for 'Fat Chance' publications in 2010 but have only recently published. I did write workshops on overweight and obesity for the health and fitness sectors prior to changing tack and publishing e-books.
A fully researched and referenced book describing the role of genes and hormones in the aetiology (origins and causes) of obesity. Now described as our 'obesogenic' environment the book discusses the increasing number of genes and hormones identified as having a role in our globally-soaring obesity levels. A must-read for anyone with an interest in obesity seeking to understand underlying causes.
A common-sense approach to weight loss and maintenance of weight loss based on lifestyle change incorporating dietary, physical activity and psychological techniques. Additional sections for 'special' groups such as those with disabilities. Easy-cook, nutritious, tried-and-tested recipes. A genuinely realistic and achievable approach to weight loss/maintenance.