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The Truth About Obesity

Episode 16 The Truth About Obesity



To lose weight you just eat less and move more. Except it turns out it’s not that simple. There are lots of reasons we pile on the pounds: we may be genetically disposed to gaining weight (could be a useful excuse, that one), while most of us simply underestimate the calorie content of our food or genuinely forget how much we’ve eaten.

Chris Bavin – who’s horrified to discover he’s borderline obese - takes us through a ton and a half of fat-related stats and tests including the nifty “string test”. Most shocking is to discover how much exercise is needed to burn off the calories after eating a pizza or a burger.


Nearly one in four people in the UK qualifies as being obese, meaning their weight is significantly affecting the state of their health. Presenter Chris Bavin seeks out the latest research into obesity and the problems that are being passed down to future generations. He finds out what it means to be obese, what it does to the body and looks at the most up-to-date solutions available. He also reveals how viewers can test themselves with a simple piece of string to find out if they have the most damaging type of fat.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Chris Bavin