Se­crets of new book

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - Home&abroad - BY JAMES SIMP­SON

JAN­UARY is nor­mally when peo­ple tar­get weight loss after a month of fes­tive over-in­dul­gence.

The calo­ries can be piled on dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod and, once the good times are over, this month nor­mally means diet plans and new gym mem­ber­ships.

To­day marks the be­gin­ning of Na­tional Obe­sity Aware­ness Week, which aims to flag up the threats of be­ing obese and the dam­age it can do to peo­ple’s health.

For Fin­try hair­dresser Kirsty Ste­wart her weight be­came an is­sue in 2017 as it al­most reached the 14-stone mark.

With her wed­ding day on the hori­zon, Kirsty de­cided to act and joined her lo­cal Slim­ming World class in a bid to shed some pounds.

She said: “Part of my goal was and pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of obe­sity is a pri­or­ity for NHS Tay­side.

“The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has in­vited NHS Tay­side to be one of its early adopter im­ple­men­ta­tion sites on the ba­sis of its in­te­grated weight man­age­ment ser­vice for chil­dren, young peo­ple and adults, and the ap­proach to obe­sity pre­ven­tion/healthy weight which is be­ing de­vel­oped in Dundee.

“We would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to take what­ever steps they can to live a health­ier life­style and the new year is the per­fect time to make a change.”

Dr Karen Bar­ton, pro­gramme leader for fit­ness nu­tri­tion and health, ad­mit­ted she wasn’t sur­prised by the fig­ures.

She said: “Obe­sity rates across Scot­land are higher in ar­eas of de­pri­va­tion (Scot­tish Health Sur­vey) and as Dundee has a higher pro­por­tion of de­prived house­holds than other ar­eas of Scot­land it is not sur­pris­ing that this is the case.” ONE of Scot­land’s big­gest-sell­ing au­thors will visit Perth to­mor­row to dis­cuss his lat­est novel.

Thriller writer Peter May will be in­ter­viewed by BBC Ra­dio Scot­land pre­sen­ter Fiona Stalker in St John’s Kirk at 7pm. He will re­veal the se­crets be­hind The Man With No Fa c e , a tale set in Euro­pean pol­i­tics.

Glaswe­gian Peter, now 66, was an award-win­ning jour­nal­ist by the age of 21 and went on to write for news­pa­pers. He moved on to TV and screen writ­ing, cre­at­ing three prime-time British drama se­ries.

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Peter May

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