Why do we get fat? In conversation with the angry chef

In this intriguing conversation, filmed at the Battle of Ideas, Anthony Warner, author of The Truth About Fat, is not trying to sell us a diet book but to damn the whole idea there is any simple way to get skinny. Warner came to prominence through his blog, The Angry Chef, and with a book of the same name published in 2017. His aim is to expose the bad science around healthy eating. In his latest book, Warner takes the same critical approach to the obesity crisis, which he argues is exaggerated. Indeed, he writes, the scaremongering about obesity has led to untold prejudice, moralism and misery for fat people. Simplistic advice to ‘eat less, move more’ is doomed to failure, he says – tragically so for those whose obesity is serious and disabling.

The speakers in conversation with chef Anthony Warner are:- Christopher Snowdon head of lifestyle economics, Institute of Economic Affairs; editor, Nanny State Index; author, Selfishness, Greed and Capitalism. Helen West registered dietitian; co-founder, The Rooted Project; co-author, Is Butter a Carb? The chair is Rob Lyons science and technology director, Academy of Ideas; convenor, AoI Economy Forum.