The renowned doctor and weight loss expert embarks on a confronting journey alongside eight brave Australians, as they battle Australia's fastest growing chronic disease in 'Australia’s Health Revolution with Dr Michael Mosley'.

15 Sep 2021 - 8:57 AM  UPDATED 15 Sep 2021 - 8:57 AM

Renowned doctor and trusted medical journalist Dr. Michael Mosley is back in Australia to tackle the nation’s fastest growing chronic disease, type 2 diabetes[1], in his new landmark series Australia’s Health Revolution with Dr Michael Mosley  which premieres Wednesday 13 October at 7.30pm on SBS.

Working with proud Gomeroi man and exercise physiologist Ray Kelly[2], Dr Mosley puts his own body on the line to demonstrate the latest science and to show just how quickly you can eat your way into, and out of, ill health.

To demonstrate this, D. Mosley follows an average Australian diet[3] and in just two weeks, his blood sugar levels become pre-diabetic and his blood pressure becomes worryingly high - highlighting the root of Australia’s obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic, at a time where almost 200 Australians are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every day[4].

Dr Mosley isn’t on this journey alone. He and Ray Kelly meet with eight brave Australians diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes who dream of getting their health back and turning their lives around. Together with Ray Kelly, Dr Mosley will guide the participants through drastic diet and lifestyle adjustments rather than medicine, in an attempt to reverse the effects of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Can they kick start a ‘Health Revolution’ and empower a nation to take ownership of its health?

Dr Michael Mosley said: “Because it is increasingly common, we’ve grown far too complacent about the dramatic surge in rates of type 2 diabetes, driven by weight gain. If we’re going to tackle our obesity epidemic, then we need to understand how our bodies work so we can reverse the damage we are doing.

“I was really shocked by how quickly my weight, blood pressure and blood sugar levels rose when I started eating far more ultra-processed foods, the sort of diet many Australians follow. I want to show people simple ways we can all improve our health, and that every bit counts. I hope people are surprised and perhaps alarmed when they watch this show – I want it to challenge what you think you know about food and health, and I hope it illustrates just how deadly increased blood sugars can be. But also, how we can beat it.”

Marshall Heald, SBS Director of Television and Online Content, said: “SBS aims to bring attention to issues that affect all Australians. This new series will illustrate the extraordinary impact that the right lifestyle and dietary changes can have on chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes. We hope this series educates and inspires, and most of all makes a positive impact on people’s lives.”

Celia Tait, Executive Producer Artemis Media, said: “There has never been a more important time to be healthy. Now, as we grapple with the complexity of living amidst a pandemic, it’s all the more important to share the latest science around type 2 diabetes reversal. We take heart and inspiration from Dr Michael Mosley, Ray Kelly and the participants whose stories we follow and who show us how to live a healthier life.”

In addition to the SBS broadcast, NITV will air a suite of supportive programming that explores the type 2 diabetes epidemic in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

At 8:35pm on Wednesday 13 October on Living Black, Karla Grant speaks with Dr Mosley about what fired his passion to take the fight against type 2 diabetes globally and gets the answers on why the disease is so prolific in Indigenous communities.

On Wednesday 20 October at 8:35pm, Karla Grant interviews Ray Kelly, exploring the hurdles he faced in his journey to become an exercise physiologist, and how he’s using his knowledge to aid Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples as they tackle type 2 diabetes.  

Australia's Health Revolution with Dr. Michael Mosley will be available to stream on SBS On Demand, with subtitled versions available in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.

An Artemis Media production for SBS. Principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with SBS. Financed with support from Screenwest and Lotterywest.

Australia's Health Revolution with Dr. Michael Mosley premieres Wednesday 13 October at 7.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.

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