Science Vs

Obesity - Is It Your Fault?


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We’ve always been told to get off the couch and stop eating junk food if you want to lose weight - but is the obesity epidemic that simple? (Spoiler alert: it’s not.) We speak to geneticist Dr Giles Yeo, exercise physiology researcher Dr Lara Dugas, gastroenterologist Dr Jessica Allegretti, nutrition researcher Dr Pablo Monsivais and Italian radio maker Jonathan Zenti, Check out Jonathan’s podcast MEAT here.

Check out the full transcript with all the footnotes here.

Selected reading: 

The 2007 study announcing the FTO gene and its link to obesity

The cute cookie study

The paper that says ““Let us bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity”

The curious case of the poo transplant

Food deserts in Detroit

On fast food advertising