Neil Martin

Posted on June 6th, by Nadi in Pitchers Open Mic 2016. No Comments

Idea worth spreading: By 2025, 1 in 5 people worldwide will be obese, according to a report by the UN World Food Programme. Right now nearly 2 billion adults worldwide are overweight and in the UK, 7 in 10 men and 6 in 10 women are overweight or obese. The problem is not just obesity, it is the related diseases too. Diabetes among adults has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014, meaning that almost 1 in 10 adults worldwide is now diabetic.
I believe that we now live in a world where an increasing number of people are playing Russian roulette with their health, due to our modern lifestyles. Genetics may load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger. Would you let your kids play with a loaded gun?
In this pitch I will share my personal story from transformation for obese and sick to endurance athlete. I will also provide statistics on fruit and vegetable consumption and its impact (such as research by University College London) and share my idea that true wellness requires 3 things: Attitude, Intake and Movement and my belief that only when we live and nature intended, will we be as nature intended.

Personal profile: In 1998 I was 22 year-old newly wed. I was healthy and could regularly be found in the gym. Then following the death of my father aged just 50, I went in pursuit of my dreams. Sadly, with my focus on career and chasing shiny new things I neglected to pay attention to my health and 10 years later I was unable to climb a set of stair without getting out of breath, I was depressed and I had an ever-growing list of illnesses.
In 2009, I made a decision to reclaim my health. I researched health and nutrition like crazy and transformed myself from fat couch potato to ultra-marathon runner and triathlete. I am now on a mission to help share my experience and research to help others understand the importance of real foods and how they too can be the CEO / master of their health. I found my passion for health when I was severely obese, taking multiple prescription medications and getting out of breath doing simple day to day things like running a bath for his children
I started blogging about my experiences and had over 1million visitors to my website in less than 18 months. I have subsequently been ranked as one of the #1 food blogger in the UK, become an award winning speaker and spoken at event alongside celebrities such as Jamie Oliver.
My experiences have been featured by various media including the BBC, the Huffington Post, Thrive Magazine and the documentary Super Juice Me. 

Neil Martin

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