The science of obesity and the truth about diets
By Giles Yeo
The anti-diet diet book by University of Cambridge geneticist, Dr Giles Yeo.
Cambridge geneticist, Dr Giles Yeo, has dedicated over 20 years studying how genes influence our eating habits. Instead of looking at how we have become obese, GENE EATING tackles the question of WHY some people eat more than others.
The UK has the biggest waistlines in Western Europe and an enormous problem of other diet-related illnesses. Our modern lifestyle coupled with the food environment, has made weight-loss the biggest public health quest of today; more of us than ever before are desperately bingeing on unreliable promises made online, on food labels or by the recent proliferation of food 'gurus' who are hungry for a slice of the multi-million pound diet industry.
Written with his accessible, good-humoured style, GENE EATING unravels this hugely complex answer and argues that understanding our genes and the biology of our food intake is essential if we are to effectively tackle the obesity epidemic and improve our health. This pioneering book is a ray of light in our murky 'post-truth' climate- a celebration of evidence-based science that everyone can digest.
Giles Yeo is a geneticist with over 20 years' experience dedicated to researching obesity and the brain control of food intake. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge and assisted the pioneering 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. Giles also moonlights as science presenter for the BBC.
He lives in Cambridge with his family.
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27 Dec 2018
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