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Is obesity a choice?

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The Royal Institution of Great Britain

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This year's Genetics Society JBS Haldane Lecturer is Giles Yeo.

It is clear that the cause of obesity is a result of eating more than you burn. It is physics. What is more complex to answer is why some people eat more than others? Differences in our genetic make-up mean some of us are slightly more hungry all the time and so eat more than others. In contrast to the prevailing view, obesity is not a choice. People who are obese are not bad or lazy; rather, they are fighting their biology.

The JBS Haldane Lecture recognises an individual for outstanding ability to communicate topical subjects in genetics research, widely interpreted, to an interested lay audience. This speaker will have a flair for conveying the relevance and excitement of recent advances in genetics in an informative and engaging way. You can watch Turi King, last year's JBS Haldane Lecturer, on the Ri YouTube channel here.

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This event is part of our 'Ri Patrons present' series. With the support of the Ri Patron community, we are pleased to present this monthly series of fascinating events bringing together science and society. Following the event, Ri Patrons have the opportunity to meet the speakers and learn more about their research.

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The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

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