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Pretty Unhealthy Reader Reviews

Pretty Unhealthy

Catherine Bryce

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

This is one fantastic book written by a surgeon which goes underneath all the hype of the multi-billion pound health and beauty industries.

The author describes how social media is being used by both industries promoting diets, fitness regimes, sportswear, clothing and so forth aimed mostly at women to achieve the perfect look and the medical and psychological effects this can have on people. She also questions the accuracy of the various bloggers on social media as research has shown that very little is evidenced-based. This book also questions the qualifications of people posting on social media.

This is a brilliant book and written so that anyone can read it. It is not a medical textbook and gives an insight into what lies beneath the glossy photos.

It will open your eyes and get you thinking not only about what goes on but how it could be affecting you directly or indirectly.

You won't be disappointed. Brilliant!

Kate Thacker

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

Great book. Very informative yet still easy enough to read without feeling overwhelmed with facts or difficult language. It is great to see SOMEONE trying to shout out about this dangerous topic. There is far too many eating disorder and mental health sufferers out there to keep ignoring how dangerous our beliefs currently are around weight, food and the perfect body. Life is for living and food is to be enjoyed. I think our main focus should be on health and enjoyment.


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.

Nikki’s book is like a breath of fresh air, she can combine such knowledge and passion in her writing. Fantastic book, easy to read, accessible and engaging. It’s not a book to race through but to be enjoyed thoroughly. I really wish I had this book growing up.

Catherine L Jenkins

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

This book presents an up-to-date, accessible overview of the latest science supporting health with a body-positive attitude - and an intelligent, inspiring take-down of influencers and pseudo-nutritionists whose Instagrammable diet tips can cause real harm. Dr Nikki Stamp is an engaging narrator and the reference list in the back is full of leads to follow up - non-fiction at its best!


Jayne Burton

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

A very interesting and thought-provoking book, written well without the usual pages of facts and figures that I normally find quite overwhelming and skip past quickly. She covers how social media is a huge problem with weight and image issues and how lots of information given on these platforms can be inaccurate, not fact-based and can be damaging – especially to the young who follow and believe such things.

Nikki Whitmore

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

Ironically, I first heard Nikki Stamp talking on the podcast of another doctor and health blogger who I follow on social media. As someone who follows her fair share of fitness and health rated accounts on Instagram, this was a really interesting read for me. I liked that Nikki talked about a variety of issues: the focus on beauty as a measure of worth, nutrition, body negativity and positivity and I thought it was good that she a) showed both sides of the debate and b) that she wasn't afraid to call out stuff she felt was wrong whilst still encouraging the reader to make up their own mind.

Katie Young

A refreshing look at the diet industry and social influencers.

This isn't your standard new year diet/ new you book, it takes a look at all the myths and health tips that fill sites like Instagram and explains why they may not be as healthy as they appear. Filled with common-sense advice and interesting facts that made me look again at my own diet and (lack of!) exercise.
The author has a straight forward approach that doesn't feel preachy and it's a good book to dip in and out of if you don't want to read it straight through.

Stephanie Harding

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

Do we have to be thin to be healthy? I've never really thought about this idea before but there is no reason apart from the fact that thin seems to be so very desirable these days. Surely healthy can be different sizes?

Lots of different points of view are outlined in this book but to me surely ‘healthy’ can mean different things to different people. You don’t need to be a gym bunny and be your ideal weight to be healthy and this is something that’s explained in this book. Hopefully, we can all find our own version of healthy and not be so led by the media and so-called ‘influencers’.

Agnieszka Higney

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

A very interesting look into social media influencers and the current obsession with being skinny and diets. All very well written in an engaging way that reads easily and makes you think a lot about today's modern world. It is scary to think how many dangers there are online and how many of them we take for good influence. I will be now thinking twice about all the recommendations on social media, even when they are made to look as positive and life-affirming. This is a great read and very much needed in the modern, looks-obsessed world.

Sinead Blowers

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

Written by a heart surgeon, this book gives you an insight into how so-called diet and lifestyle industry infiltrate our subconscious and how we're bombarded with the wrong messages and so many messages that even the experts get confused.
The author writes with honesty and integrity and poses the arguments over how wrong the industries get it. It makes you feel better that if professionals can get it wrong, then we can't all be that bad.

This book is written clearly and covers a lot of ground - possibly too much (I think there could have been a little more editing before publication to avoid this). However, it does include some eye-opening facts and is a new way of looking at keeping ourselves healthy.

I am glad that this book is not just another 'how-to' guide and does not condescend to its readers. Overall, an interesting read.

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,