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Cambridge geneticist, Dr Giles Yeo, has dedicated over 20 years studying how genes influence our eating habits. Instead of looking at how we have become obese, GENE EATING tackles the question of WHY some people eat more than others.

The UK has the biggest waistlines in Western Europe and an enormous problem of other diet-related illnesses. Our modern lifestyle coupled with the food environment, has made weight-loss the biggest public health quest of today; more of us than ever before are desperately bingeing on unreliable promises made online, on food labels or by the recent proliferation of food ‘gurus’ who are hungry for a slice of the multi-million pound diet industry.

Written with his accessible, good-humoured style, GENE EATING unravels this hugely complex answer and argues that understanding our genes and the biology of our food intake is essential if we are to effectively tackle the obesity epidemic and improve our health. This pioneering book is a ray of light in our murky ‘post-truth’ climate- a celebration of evidence-based science that everyone can digest.

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Gene Eating, by Dr Giles Yeo, is a very enjoyable read by someone who knows what they are writing about. It is rare to find a book, written by a world class scientist that is both informative and entertaining. Giles not only delves into the science of obesity but, with honesty and great precision, skewers many of the more foolish fad diets out there.
Michael Mosley
This is an excellent and engaging book, but also an important one. It is about time that a serious, respected academic provided a voice of reason, speaking out against fad diets and the very real harms that they can do.
Anthony Warner, author of THE ANGRY CHEF
Gene Eating is just a fantastic book exactly as you'd expect - but more so. Mainly it's very funny, packed with science and trivia and genuinely helpful weightloss and nutrition info.
Dr Chris van Tulleken
Gene Eating is one of the clearest attempts I have come across to explain complicated science. It is an entertaining read, full of lively anecdotes and self-deprecating humour... It is hard to imagine a more likeable guide than Yeo, or a more level-headed one. But if he sometimes makes us laugh in this wise, sensible book, his message is deadly serious.
Christina Patterson, SUNDAY TIMES
[An] engaging and accessible book.
Giles makes so much sense, and cuts through the confusion about diet and health with refreshing directness. His excellent book Gene Eating busts myths and homes in on what you really need to know. It's been a genuine help to me and I'm sure it will be to everyone who reads it.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Dr Yeo is a leading scientist in the field of obesity and one of our best science communicators. Everyone worried about their weight ought to read this book to digest its message about the importance of genetics.
Robert Plomin, author of Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
A hard-to-fault book written in a way that entertains as well as it informs... Yeo's study of human appetite is packed with insights and revelations, incorporating up-to-date scientific thinking... It's an anti-diet diet book you can trust.
Garry Bushell, DAILY EXPRESS
Presents the facts we need to change our relationship with food to a healthier one in an engaging and easily digestible way.
Dr Yeo combines hard science with brilliant storytelling in a way that delivers a new perspective on diet culture and makes you reconsider your own beliefs around food.