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Dr Max Pemberton: Obesity is never about hunger

The medical doctor and NHS psychiatrist, who worked in addiction and eating disorder clinics for more than a decade, on why we are in dire need of a new and sensitive strategy to help people losing their battle against obesity
Dr Max Pemberton
Dr Max Pemberton

Dr Max Pemberton is medical doctor, journalist and author. He works full-time as a psychiatrist in the National Health Service, specialising in eating disorders and addiction. He has written multiple best-selling books, including Trust me, I’m A (Junior) Doctor; Where Does it Hurt?; and The Marvellous Adventure of Being Human. He lives in London, England. Follow him on X. Visit maxpemberton.com.

“Obesity is an entirely psychological problem”

Dr Max Pemberton has worked extensively with individuals battling various forms of addiction, as well as running NHS eating disorder services.

That means he’s in the perfect position to see obesity as another form of addictive behaviour caused not by hunger or greed, but by deep-lying and untreated psychological problems. So what are we getting right in treating obesity? And where are we leaving desperate patients high and dry?

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