Is obesity a choice?

Prof. Giles Yeo

According to the World Obesity Federation it is estimated that over 1 billion will be affected by obesity by 2025. Does obesity lie within our control? What impact do genes have on our appetite and body weight?

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According to the World Obesity Federation it is estimated that over 1 billion will be affected by obesity, and 177 million adults severely affected by obesity by 2025. There’s no doubt that obesity is a growing global problem. 

Why do some people eat more than others? Differences in our genetic make-up mean some of us are slightly more hungry all the time and so eat more than others. Does obesity lie within our control? Do your brain and belly speak to each other, and what impact do genes have on the regulation of our appetite and body weight?

Coming to The Garden to unpack all the details is Giles Yeo, Professor of Molecular Metabolism at Cambridge University. He is a geneticist with over 20 years of experience dedicated to researching the genetics of obesity.

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50 minutes

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Prof. Giles Yeo

Giles Yeo. A geneticist with over 20 years’ experience dedicated to researching the genetics of obesity. Giles received his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Cambridge.

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