Sarah Wilson (journalist)
|Occupation||Journalist and entreupreneur|
|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|Alma mater||Australian National University|
|Notable works||I Quit Sugar & First, We Make the Beast Beautiful|
Early life and education
Wilson grew up in the bush outside Canberra, ACT with five younger siblings. She owned her first business at the age of 12 or 13, selling library-book bags, brooches, and gift cards. She has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, politics, gender studies and law from Australian National University which she undertook between 1992-1997. She also completed an online course with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and describes herself as a health coach.
She was the editor of Australian Cosmopolitan magazine from February 2003 till December 2007. During her time at the magazine, she interviewed former Australian Prime Ministers John Howard and Kevin Rudd, and entered the Guinness Book of Records by staging the World’s Biggest Bikini Shoot at Bondi Beach. During this time she was also the fashion editor of Channel Nine‘s Today show. Wilson’s first host role as a television presenter came in 2009 as the host of Masterchef Australia. After she left the program, her role was not replaced and a Network Ten spokesman, David Mott stated; “Sarah has an impressive background with abilities that far outweighed her duties on the show.”
From 2009 until the end of 2011, Wilson wrote more than 130 weekly columns that appeared in Sunday Life, a magazine lift-out in the Australian Sun-Herald newspaper in Sydney. Her columns focused on the wellness movement, productivity and lifestyle simplicity – themes which are also explored in her popular blog. Wilson later became the face and program developer for Foxtel‘s Lifestyle YOU channel. She hosted the show ‘Eat Yourself Sexy’, a nutrition and wellness makeover program that screened on Foxtel in late 2011.
I Quit Sugar
Wilson is best known for her popular I Quit Sugar books which became an unexpected world-wide publishing phenomenon. After she resigned from Cosmopolitan and returned to freelancing and weekly columns, as an experiment one week she wrote about quitting sugar for a week. As she explains in First, We Make the Beast Beautiful she subsequently wrote the ebook, I Quit Sugar: an 8-week program. According to Business Insider: ‘Having originally published it as an e-book and expecting to sell 100 copies, Wilson became a New York Times best-selling author, with her books published in 46 countries and a business generating millions in revenue annually. The original I Quit Sugar sold more than 100,000 copies in Australia alone and spawned five more cookbooks around the theme.’ The e-book spawned a hard copy book and then several recipe books, eating programs and supermarket products and she built up a successful business and led a discussion about the benefits of reducing sugar consumption. Along with fellow Australian journalist Peter FitzSimons, Wilson has been vocal about reducing Austalians’ sugar intake and leading a more active healthy active lifestyle. Wilson’s views about sugar and some of her recipes have drawn criticism from some dieticians and commentators. Stating that her intention was never to build up a business empire and make money, Wilson announced the closure of her I Quit Sugar business in February 2018 and is now pursing other entreprenerial activities and charity work.
On 11 April 2013, Sarah Wilson was heavily criticised for her statements supporting the anti-vaccination movement while a guest on the morning variety show Sunrise. Claims made included suggesting that there was lack of evidence for efficacy and safety of vaccinations. These claims are despite the fact she had no medical or health qualifications at the time. She was quoted as saying ‘What they say is that the gold standard studies, right, that are done to really absolutely conclusively prove things, the double-blind placebo cross something or other tests have not been done and it’s almost impossible to do that on human beings, especially children.’ This was in reference to double-blind randomised controlled trials.
|Library resources about
|By Sarah Wilson|
- I Quit Sugar, Pan Macmillan, 2012
Since being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in 2008, Wilson has dedicated herself to finding ways to live more healthy and well in mind and body. An avid bike rider and bush walker, she frequently offers her readers hints and tips on how to ride safely and confidently. She currently lives in Sydney.