Dr Nikki Stamp: Our unhealthy obsession with looking healthy

Why is self-compassion so vital? Is the life of a surgeon just like we see on Grey’s Anatomy? Can you actually die of a broken heart?

Yep, the latest episode of our podcast Uninterrupted is a juicy one. Joining us at Women’s Health HQ is heart and lung surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp.

In addition to her work with patients as one of only 11 female heart surgeons in Australia, Nikki is a fierce advocate for female health. Not to mention the author of two books: Can you die of a broken heart? as well as her new one, Pretty Unhealthy: Why our obsession with looking healthy is making us sick, which investigates why, despite our love of all things wellness, our health as a society is declining.

She’s here to talk about all this and more, including why we need to show our tickers some love.


·     The reality of life as a surgeon (you’ll never believe the TV show it’s actually like)

·     How to set goals in a healthy way

·     Simple strategies for taking care of your heart

·     How to be your own health advocate

·     Self-compassion and what positive body image really means


Your host is Alex Davies, WH Features Editor @adavies234

With thanks to special guest Dr Nikki Stamp @drnikkistamp

Your producer is Jake Taylor


Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (broken-heart syndrome) – Harvard Health Publishing


Nikki’s Instagram picks:

Dr Hazel Wallace @thefoodmedic


The Rooted Project @rooted_project


I WEIGH @i_weigh


3 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Tennis Stars Like Ash Barty – Women’s Health


The ‘I Look Like A Surgeon’ movement – Dr Nikki Stamp



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