This event happened in the past (2019 edition)

Gene Eating: The Truth about Diets

With Giles Yeo

This is an event from the 2019 edition

Why are we all getting fatter? Why are some people hungrier than others? And why don’t diets work? In an age of misinformation and pseudo-science, the world is getting fatter and the diet makers are getting richer. So how do we break this cycle that’s killing us all? Drawing on the very latest science and his own genetic research at Cambridge University, Dr Giles Yeo has written the seminal ‘anti-diet’ diet book. Exploring the history of our food, debunking marketing nonsense and toxic diet advice, and confronting the advocates of ‘clean eating’, Dr Giles translates his pioneering research into an engaging, must-read study of the human appetite. Inspiring and revelatory, Gene Eating is an urgent and essential book that will empower us all with the facts we need to establish healthy relationships with food – and change the way we eat.

Dr Giles Yeo is a geneticist with over 20 years’ experience dedicated to researching the genetics of obesity. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge and assisted the ground-breaking research that uncovered key pathways in how the brain controls food intake. His current research focuses on understanding how these pathways differ from person to person, and the influence of genetics in our relationship with food and eating habits. He is based at the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, where he is director of Genomics, and is a fellow and graduate tutor at Wolfson College. He lives in Cambridge with his family.

Giles is also a much-loved TV personality and expert who presented BBC prime time’s critically acclaimed Horizon: Clean Eating – The Dirty Truth, which sparked a national debate in 2017. Other TV credits include BBC Two’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor and BBC One’s Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

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Saturday 19 October
Venue: The Forum, Auditorium
Cost: £6
Age: 12+

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