In July 2011 I was entering my mid-40s, worked in a very demanding job, was recovering from major ankle surgery, and I was fat for the first time. My body also seemed to be falling into the abyss. Perhaps by today’s standards, I would only be considered overweight. However, at 1.80m tall and 98 kg, my body was a full 15 kgs heavier than I ever weighed and probably at least 22 kg heavier than I should have been. Bottom line: I felt horrible, physically and emotionally—but why?