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Pretty Unhealthy

by Nikki Stamp

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LoveReading View on Pretty Unhealthy

Pretty Unhealthy is written in a personal and chatty style to educate, inform and entertain. When heart surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp was diagnosed with high blood pressure, she began to look more closely at not just her own lifestyle but what being healthy really means. In modern society, health and beauty have become intertwined, with people’s looks and size being (falsely) seen as an indication of their overall physical and mental health.

This book wades through the barrage of health information reaching us on a daily basis via books, websites, blogs, social media posts and magazines/newspapers. How do we know what to believe? How much of this often-conflicting information is based on actual science and written by qualified experts, rather than the popular so-called ‘wellness experts’? And is it really making us healthier – or just more miserable?

Dr Stamp covers various contemporary topics, including diet fads, exercise trends, body positivity & body image and weight bias. This isn’t a diet manual – it’s about how to get back a healthy relationship with food and exercise, concentrating on how we feel rather than how we look. This book won’t tell you what to eat and drink – that has to be your decision – but it will tell you how to be in control of your own choices, rather than be influenced by the pseudoscience, false hope and ‘magic bullets’ around you. 

I ended the book thinking about my lifestyle and what I enjoy and how, above all, it’s important to be kind to myself. Can’t get better messages than that.

Victoria Goldman

Pretty Unhealthy Synopsis

Why are we obsessed with wellness, but our health is getting worse?

How have we messed up our relationship with food and exercise so badly? We are more obese, less active and more stressed than ever before and it's killing us.

Today, we're more likely to die from a lifestyle disease than any other cause, and many of these would be preventable if we took better care of our health. Enter a vast wellness industry that has emerged in recent years, making big money promoting 'healthy' lifestyles. Except the aim isn't to make your body work better: it's to make your body look better.

Equipped with Instagram accounts or wellness blogs, each health advocate leads an army of people towards what is labelled 'health' but might actually be far from it. We are obsessed with body transformation and fitspiration, but the wrong advice is making us poor, tired and pretty unhealthy instead.

Pretty Unhealthy is a call to reclaim the definition of true health: to aim for bodies that are resilient to disease and can do everything we need them to do; and for us to feel emotionally happy in those bodies.

Pretty Unhealthy Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

One book that everyone should read. You will question social media and its association with the health and beauty industries. Full review

Catherine Bryce

Very informative yet still easy enough to read without feeling overwhelmed with facts or difficult language. Full review

Kate Thacker

I loved this! I have been looking for a book that understands me and this is it. I look forward to what Nikki does in the future. Full review


A timely read which highlights the dangers of social media pressures in feeding disordered eating habits Full review

Catherine L Jenkins

Definitely something a bit different to the usual ‘health’ books. A good and inspiring read. Full review

Jayne Burton

Interesting and very informative. Definitely gives you a lot to think about! Full review

Nikki Whitmore

A refreshing look at the diet industry and social influencers. Full review

Katie Young

Hopefully, we can all find our own version of healthy and not be so led by the media and so-called ‘influencers’. Full review

Stephanie Harding

A very interesting look into social media influencers and the current obsession with being skinny and diets. Full review

Agnieszka Higney

Gives some eye-opening facts...not just another 'how-to' guide to being healthy Full review

Sinead Blowers

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781911632344
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781911632344
Publication date: 9th January 2020
Author: Nikki Stamp
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Gift Books, Lifestyle & Health, Mind & Body,
Categories: Women's health,

About Nikki Stamp

Dr Nikki Stamp, FRACS, is a cardiothoracic surgeon, one of only 11 female heart surgeons in Australia. Her clinical work is at the forefront of cardiothoracic surgery, including transplants and congenital heart disease. She has a particular interest in women's heart disease and how the medical system can better serve female patients. Nikki is the author of Can You Die of a Broken Heart?, which has been translated into 7 languages, and Pretty Unhealthy. She has hosted heart health episodes for Australia's flagship science TV program Catalyst as well as hosting Operation Live, in which she commentated a live caesarean birth and ...

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