• Professor Tim Spector's son takes one for the team in 'The Diet Myth'. (SBS)Source: SBS
And they might even help you in your own battle with the bulge.
Gavin Scott

14 Sep 2017 - 12:13 PM  UPDATED 15 Sep 2017 - 3:58 PM

New SBS series The Obesity Myth challenges common perceptions about obesity. Primarily, it takes issue with the frequently held assumption that overweight people only have themselves to blame and argues that obesity is caused by a genetic predisposition. It then shows the various methods those who struggle with their weight can go about improving their health and life expectancy.

And there’s plenty more where that came from. We’ve built a collection of health and diet programming around The Obesity Myth that will provide a complete picture of the factors that affect our weight and wellbeing, and steps we can take to avoid substances that are no good for us.

The Diet Myth

It’s not just the number of calories you intake or how much you exercise that control your weight, according to this documentary. There’s another “missing piece of the puzzle”: the microbes that exist within our bodies. Could certain bacteria that can be found in our guts not only signal obesity but actually cause it?


Is Sugar the New Fat?

How bad can sugar be? That’s what psychologist and author Nigel Latta sets out to determine in this documentary which exposes the toxicity and insidiousness of sugar. It also reveals just how prevalent sugar is in the food we eat – even in items you wouldn’t expect to contain much of it.


My Japanese Diet

For something a little bit lighter, no pun intended, this documentary follows comedian and filmmaker Craig Anderson, who has a biological age of 64 – he’s 38 – as he travels to Japan to shake up his diet. Can he take inspiration from the healthy Japanese way of life and turn his own one around?


Insight: The Health Obsession

A recent episode of Insight explored the question: what happens when trying to be healthy becomes unhealthy? Through the discussion, the show hears from people whose healthy habits have strayed into the dangerous territory of disordered eating. At what point did they tip over into being unhealthy? And how have they dealt with it?

Watch the first episode of The Obesity Myth via SBS On Demand:

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