Wildlife presenter Chris Packham under the microscope: My fear of honey
21:42 GMT, 7 May 2012
Nature expert Chris Packham, 50, takes our health quiz…
Food for thought: Chris Packham says he's on a permanent diet
DO YOU GET YOUR FIVE A DAY
I’m lucky if I get two a day. I don’t like fruit, apart from tomatoes, but I do like vegetables.
POP ANY PILLS
I have a multivitamin every morning — perhaps in part to compensate for not getting my five-a-day! That said, I’ve caught every cold that my stepdaughter’s ever had, so I don’t know how effective they are.
I’m on a permanent diet — I don’t eat dessert. I try to keep my weight around 12st 7lb, which I think is about right for my height (6ft). If it goes over that I really restrict what I eat.
I gave up coffee for health reasons years ago, but if I don’t have a cup of tea, I’m grumpy all day! And if I go away for a few weeks, I get the most amazing curry cravings. All I think about is going down the takeaway.
I’ve had amoebic dysentery — which is transmitted through contaminated food and water — twice while travelling, the first time in Ecuador and the second time in Nepal. It’s exhausting, comes on very quickly, and leaves you dehydrated. You just have to bunker down for 48 hours.
DO YOU COME FROM HEALTHY STOCK
My mother Rita died last year of a heart attack in her mid-70s. My father Colin, who’s 78, has had all sorts of problems with heart disease but is still going. Both of them smoked for many years, though, which can’t have done them much good. In contrast, I’ve never even put a cigarette in my mouth — and I’m hoping that if I look after myself, I’ll be OK.
I’ve encountered just about every wild animal known to man and none of them bother me. Funnily enough, my only phobia is of sticky things — I can’t go anywhere near honey!
Heat is on: Chris Packham loves hot food
HAD ANYTHING REMOVED
I had a knee operation in 1989. I’d gone ten-pin bowling and twisted my right knee badly, so they operated to trim the cartilage.
WOULD YOU HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY
For vanity, the answer’s no, never. I’ve got a few scars, but as far as I’m concerned they’re to be carried with pride, because they’re part of your history.
IS SEX IMPORTANT
Definitely. I think we sometimes are in denial that we are animals, too, and the biological urge to have sex is wired into our DNA. It’s also important for a host of psychological reasons.
LIKE TO LIVE FOR EVER
Definitely not. We’re designed to live to a certain age — to be mature enough to breed. In the natural world, you’re programmed to die after that, so we already live longer than we should.
Chris Packham is part of the BBC Springwatch team. A new series starts on May 28 on BBC2.