Dr Giles Yeo
The Truth About Obesity and Dieting
We’re deluged with reports of rising obesity levels – and with a slew of often outlandish diets and eating plans to combat it. But how do we know what’s really causing us to get fatter? With an admirable combination of expertise, deep research and common sense, Dr Giles Yeo navigates his way through the world of medical discoveries, marketing campaigns and diet gurus that promise much and deliver little to bring us the facts of the matter.
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 Principal Research Associate, 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.