#29: The Marvellous Adventure of Being Human with Dr Max Pemberton

02 Sep 2019

Today we’re talking about the importance of teaching children about health with Dr Max Pemberton who’s written a children’s body, mind and anatomy guide for children.

Dr Max is a writer, mental health doctor and Journalist. He has written 4 other books including, Trust Me I’m A (junior) Doctor which I read when I was a junior doctor 10 years ago and was serialised on Radio 4. His second book, Where Does It Hurt? details his experiences of working in an outreach project for the homeless and people addicted to drugs.

This new book explores the idea of children being aware of looking after themselves through food and nutrition and understanding the human body and how parents can facilitate that growth.

Today we chat about:

  • Max's experiences of transitioning from adult to childrens literary projects
  • Work in the field of eating disorders
  • Why the way health messages are delivered, particularly over social media, are important
  • The health messages that are important to convey to children in an appropriate way


You’ll find the recipe video that I cooked for Dr Max on my youtube channel so you can see how delicious and easy it was to make.

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What a pleasure it was to chat and to cook for Dr Max Pemberton on the podcast today - and I hope you enjoyed that episode as much as I did. What a fascinating breadth of subjects we discussed today - and some super interesting conversations too!

I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Dr Max Pembertons new book - The Marvellous Adventure of Being Human - its an amazing book -  and Im sure both adults and children will enjoy the book!   Check out the YouTube Video here:

GUEST: Dr Max Pemberton

Max Pemberton is a doctor, journalist and writer. Over the course of his medical career he has worked across a broad range of medicine, including paediatrics, mental health, surgery and geriatrics. 

Max is a writer for the Daily Mail, Readers Digest, and the Spectator. Before moving to the Mail three years ago, he was a columnist at the Daily Telegraph for 12 years. He has won several awards for his writing, including Mind Journalist of the Year, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Public Educator of the Year and awards from the Medical Journalists Association. He has presented the BBC Radio 4 flagship health programme Inside Health and is a regular commentator on TV and radio on health and social issues.

Max has also written four bestselling books for adults. The Marvellous Adventure of Being Human is his first book for children. For information, here are links to all of Dr Max Pemberton Books:

The Marvellous Adventure of Being Human Trust Me Im a Junior Doctor
Where Does it Hurt
The Doctor Will See you Now
Stop Smoking with CBT

with Dr Max Pemberton

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