Nadya IsackFood is my source of comfort, the loving arms of a parent that I did not have, the understanding friend who listens, the partner I do not have. But food has a split personality – on one hand, it is comforting and supportive, but on the other hand devastating and destructive.

My career to date has been administrative by nature. Being an executive assistant for high profile companies on an international basis has led me to develop excellent organisational skills, budgetary, project management and communication skills.

I describe myself as an intelligent, thoughtful and empathetic individual. I have experienced extreme sadness in my life which I feel has shaped my personality in order to be able to deal with issues of gravitas and to also understand how others feel.

I am lucky enough to be a skilled orator and am comfortable in talking to large groups, approaching individuals that I do not know and putting forward my comments and opinions in a well-constructed and non-threatening manner.

One of the most important skills to possess is the ability to listen. Many people hear and but do not listen. I process what has been said, understand it and then respond back with a thoughtful response.

From the age of about 18years of age eating took hold of my life. All happy and sad times were celebrated through eating – sometimes secretive, sometimes not. The weight started to pile on. At times, I have wished that I had a “normal” disease where there is less of a stigma, many options of support and guidance and an overall feeling that it can be overcome. Obesity is a highly stigmatised disease that a large percentage of the population do not or refuse to accept or understand.

I am proud to be an OEN UK Champion and I am ready to tackle the misconceptions, ignorance and lack of empathy towards this problem? And to lobby for change!