Dr Giles Yeo is a geneticist with over 20 years’ experience dedicated to researching the genetics of obesity. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge and assisted the ground-breaking 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 director of Genomics, 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.
Giles is a much-loved TV personality and expert who presented BBC prime time’s critically claimed Horizon: Clean Eating – The Dirty Truth, which sparked a national debate in 2017. Other TV credits include BBC Two’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor and BBC One’s Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. His new book Gene Eating: The Science of Obesity and the Truth About Diets unravels the hugely complex issue of the obesity epidemic and the rise of fad diets and the diet industry.