Plump comic superheroes fight fat in researcher's illustrated book'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹

MUSCLED superheroes burst from the pages of comic books in tight-fitting costumes as they fight the forces of evil.

Friday, 19th October 2018, 6:00 pm
Updated Friday, 19th October 2018, 7:05 pm
Dr Oli Williams who has launched a comic where plump heroes fight fat

But an award-winning health expert from Locks Heath has launched a comic where plump heroes fight fat.

Former Brookfield Community School pupil Dr Oli Williams was in Gosport to present The Weight of Expectation, illustrated by award-winning artist Jade Sarson.

The book documents Dr Williams' year-long project with three weight-loss groups in one of the most deprived parts of the UK.

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Dr Williams, who spoke at Elson Library yesterday, hopes to challenge stereotypes around weight and health, calling current definitions '˜very crude'.

He said: '˜Body-mass-index'ŠÂ '“ 'ŠBMI'ŠÂ '“ 'Šis a very crude indicator of health.

'˜If you are physically active, you can be obese and healthy.'

His work comes as new data reveals that more than 36 per cent of Year 6 pupils in Portsmouth are overweight.

According to the World Health Association, more than 25 per cent of adults in the UK are obese.

Dr Williams, formerly a striker for Gosport County under-18s football team from 2003 to 2005, added: '˜I used to train at the Mountbatten Centre, and I used to work in the Spirit Health Club.

'˜As a local boy, I'm aware a lot of people are struggling with this issue.'

Earlier this year, Dr Williams' work to make his research more accessible received a British Science Association award, previously won by Professor Brian Cox.

The research associate at the University of Leicester said: '˜Stigma is inappropriate, stigma does not work.

'˜Sometimes people are struggling to maintain their weight. People at the groups would say: 'Imagine how big I'd be if I didn't come to these groups'.'

An exhibition held at Gosport Discovery Centre and Elson Library showcased the researcher's comic.

He presented a lecture at both centres on Thursday and Friday. There are a limited number of free comics still available from the libraries.