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Public Lecture: Why we eat what we eat: how to lose 5 billion calories Faculty of Engineering & Science

Event Name Public Lecture: Why we eat what we eat: how to lose 5 billion calories
Start Date 28th Nov 2012 6:30pm
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Presented by Dr Lucie Pollard

Eating is the most fundamental of all human behaviours, and yet it has one of our most complex behaviour patterns. This is influenced both by physiology (hunger and satiety signalling) and psychology (appetite, acquired preferences and cultural norms, e.g. the deeply embedded pattern of three meals a day). We know that food preferences begin very early (even before we are born) and that emotional, cultural and societal factors are at play.

Currently, there are over 15 million people who are obese in the UK. This is likely to lead to almost half a million more cases of heart disease and around 700,000 extra cases of diabetes, with 130,000 more people developing cancer as a consequence of their weight. Research suggests that we must cut 5 billion calories a day to tackle this crisis. It is vital to understand what motivates people to eat and what influences their eating choices.

This lecture highlights the individual influences on appetite and satiety and proposes strategies for cutting down our intake.

To register:

Telephone: 020 8331 9800
E-mail: science-public-lectures@gre.ac.uk