Gene Eating

The truth about diets

  • Mon 13th May 2019

Each New Year brings new diets and health fads. But what actually works? Giles Yeo explores how to break the cycle of pseudo-science and misinformation surrounding the world of dieting as he discusses his new ‘anti-diet’ diet book. He will examine the truths and fallacies in the claims made by populist diets including the Palaeolithic and ‘clean’ movements, take a closer look at our obsession with calorie counting and argue why we shouldn’t fear food.

Dr. Giles Yeo, Principal Research Associate, Metabolic Research Laboratories and MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital, University of Cambridge

Giles Yeo, PhD, is a geneticist with over twenty years of experience dedicated to researching obesity and the brain control of food intake. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge and assisted with 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 the Genomics/Transcriptomics Core, and he is the President of the British Society for Neuroendocrinology. Giles also moonlights as science presenter for the BBC. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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