Cathal Gal­lagher

RTÉ Guide - - Mental Health & Well- Being -

Ballyshan­non, Co Done­gal Weight: 26st 10lb

Cathal (48) has the big­gest health gain to make but his ini­tial health sta­tus is shock­ing. Based on Pro­fes­sor Niall Moyna’s as­sess­ment, Cathal’s fit­ness mea­sure is equiv­a­lent to an 80-year-old man – and I know many health­ier 80-yearolds than Cathal. This is life and death stuff: Cathal has di­a­betes and he is the heav­i­est ever leader on OT. I have con­cerns that Cathal’s road to health will be ham­pered by lay­ers of de­nial, self-de­fence and self-de­ceit. The tru­ism for many peo­ple with a dys­func­tional food re­la­tion­ship is that it’s not what you are eat­ing, it’s what’s eat­ing you. Then there is a deal of psy­cho­log­i­cal work for Cathal if he wishes to suc­ceed. He has two great rea­sons to fin­ish the OT pro­gramme: his wife Agi and their daugh­ter Maja (2).

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