Why are we all getting fatter? Why are some people hungrier than others? Why, despite all of the latest advice, is obesity on the rise? And why don't diets work?

Join us to explore these questions further with University of Cambridge Geneticist, Dr Giles Yeo as he launches his new book Gene Eating: The science of obesity and the truth about diets.

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 literally 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, detoxifying diet advice and confronting the advocates of clean eating, Giles translates his pioneering research into an engaging, must-read study of the human appetite.

In a post-truth world, Gene Eating cuts straight to the data-driven facts. Only by understanding the physiology of our bodies, their hormonal functions and their caloric needs can we overcome the misinformation of modern dieting trends, empower us to make better decisions, and achieve healthy relationships with food, our bodies and our weight. Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and fascinating detail, Gene Eating is an urgent and essential book that will change the way we eat.

Books will be available for purchase from 6.30pm in the Allan Scott Auditorium foyer.


Dr Giles Yeo's 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. Dr 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.

More Information

YouTube: Do Your Genes Make You Fat?
YouTube: What We Eat Matters - with Giles Yeo
Twitter: @GilesYeo
SBS: The dirty truth of 'clean eating' is not the diet but the dogma


Dean: Research and Research Education, Professor: Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, Sansom Institute for Health Research, UniSA.

Professor Susan Hillier is an academic and clinician with teaching and research interests in the broad field of neuroscience and rehabilitation.

Susan also has an interest in movement education and intervention approaches for other populations such as children with developmental coordination disorder or people who are ageing.

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