Anna Mackay & Anna Lutz chat with U.K. based personal trainer and PhD researcher Jake Gifford about his research and his transition from being a weight-normative personal trainer (emphasis on weight & weight loss) to a weight-inclusive personal trainer (emphasis on the many variables that influence health, other than weight).
We also discuss:
- The many problems with the U.K.’s new strategy to deal with o*esity, particularly the focus on weight reduction as a protective factor for COVID-19.
- Fat-phobia in the fitness industry and why it’s so troubling, particularly for adolescents
- Advice for someone who has experienced weight stigma in a fitness setting but wants to be active
- The harm that could be done if schools choose to weigh children out of fear they may have gained weight during COVID-19 lockdown.
Jake’s website: www.jakegifford.co.uk