The tale of the drip

The tale of the drip

As the train doors close at Melbourne Central, a family push their way on. A single, solitary drip falls from the father. It isn’t raining; they aren’t carrying anything. Parliament station. Where did the drip come from? I stare at the drip trying to work...
The fat girl who cares about health

The fat girl who cares about health

I recently went to a public health conference. In addition to leaving with the world’s most ironic dose of gastro, I came away thinking about what it means to be a fat person working in a public health landscape focused on obesity prevention. An off-the-cuff...
The process

The process

I’ve lost a lot of weight recently. Almost 40kg this year. It’s one of the common side effects of having most of your stomach removed, and is, after all, the reason I did it. Actually, that’s not quite true. The main reason I chose to have a gastric...
Working out my relationship with food

Working out my relationship with food

On an average day at work (in any of the jobs I’ve worked at), it wouldn’t be uncommon for someone: to comment on how (un)healthy another’s lunch is – “You’re being good with a salad!”; “Hot chips are my weakness”...
Gratitude

Gratitude

One of the most important practices I have incorporated into my daily life is that of gratitude. It might sound like new-age nonsense, but at its heart is the simple premise that we should look for the good in life, even amongst the bad. And even when life is...
Whelmed

Whelmed

About ten years ago, I went to a big debating competition in the US with some of my now-closest friends (yes, I’m cool). It was an incredible trip filled with new experiences, wonderful people, and we performed really well in the competition. Yet, it became a...