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Excerpt: Adriaan Liebenberg Unpacks the Social Stigma of Being Fat in The Brain Surgeon’s Diet

The Brain Surgeon's DietDie Breinchirurg se dieetRead an excerpt from Dr Adriaan Liebenberg’s book on healthy living, which was recently published by Penguin Books in both English and Afrikaans: The Brain Surgeon’s Diet and Die Breinchirurg se dieet.

The premise of Liebenberg’s book is that you can train your brain to keep healthy and fit without becoming reliant on fad diets or appetite-suppressing drugs.

Prior to the trade publication of The Brain Surgeon’s Diet Liebenberg shared the first chapter of the book on his Facebook page.

In the extract Liebenberg describes the feeling of being overweight and the emotions and negative self talk that come with it. He writes that the market is flooded with diets and says he has only ever followed one diet, the one in the book, and the rewards have been boundless.

Read the extract:

If you have never stood in front of the mirror in absolute disgust, horror and feeling completely hopeless, then this book is not for you.

This book is for you if you believe that there is somebody underneath who wants to come out and somebody who can still turn heads, who can be healthy and full of energy and be happy with their body.

I have been in the situation of self-hatred, loathing and mirror aversion, and know exactly what that feels like.

Please allow me to point out some facts that you may be ignoring or pretend to be unaware of.

Chubby, overweight, pudgy, rubenesque. These are all little pet names to describe something which is not cool at all: being fat.

There is a social stigma attached to being fat.

There is a belief that fat people are lazy and have no willpower.

People do not find fat people attractive. They might find them fun to be around, but they do not find them attractive.

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