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Professor Mike Gibney has worked as a teaching fellow at the University of Sydney where he took his PhD and has lectured at University of Southampton, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. He is a former President of the Nutrition Society and a fellow of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences. He has served on many high-level international advisory committees both in the EU, the FAO and WHO. His research area is in public health and personalised nutrition, and he has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers in the area. He has been Principal Investigator on several very large EU funded projects, most recently in the area of personalised nutrition (www.food4me.org). Previous publications include Nutrition, Diet and Health (Cambridge University Press, 1986) and Something to Chew On: Challenging Controversies in Food and Health (UCD Press, 2012). He writes a blog at 'Gibneyonfood'.
Ever seen a fat fox? Didn't think so. Why it is that only humans - or animals in the care of humans - develop obesity? In Ever Seen a Fat Fox?: Human Obesity Explored Professor Mike Gibney delves into the history of the human relationship with food. He traces the evolution of our modern diet and looks to science to offer solutions to the phenomenon of human obesity. He calls on governments to cease the single-issue ad-hoc approach and demands a massive governmental long-term investment in weight management. It is a commonly held belief that obesity is a recent phenomenon. Professor Gibney reveals that obesity is nothing new - in fact, the modern upward trend in obesity began in the mid-nineteenth century. Obesity has been part of human experience whenever and wherever we've had affluence. There are many who seek to apportion blame for the epidemic of obesity. Blaming the food industry for obesity is always popular: sugar is public enemy number one. Debunking exaggerated views and cutting through the mixed messaging Gibney demonstrates that most food processing techniques are old, hundreds and thousands of years old.The genetics of obesity, the practice of dieting, and the value of physical activity are thoroughly assessed.The failures of the players in obesity - including the media, scientists, academic organisations, international agencies, specifically the WHO, and the food industry are brought into sharp focus. What can we learn from the fox? An expert in public health and personalised nutrition with bestselling books and over 300 peer-reviewed papers in the area, Professor Mike Gibney uncovers the full story behind obesity based on painstaking research, and offers us tangible solutions to this very human phenomenon.
Chapter 1. Ever seen a fat fox?
Chapter 2. Obesity and health measurements and metrics
Chapter 3. Human obesity - old and new
Chapter 4. The human food chain - old and new
Chapter 5. Culpable foods
Chapter 6. Regulating Food intake - the eyes have it
Chapter 7. Fitness and fatness
Chapter 8. Weight management - the personal perspective
Chapter 9. Weight management - the national perspective
Chapter 10. The nature versus nurture debate
Chapter 11. Eating disorders
Chapter 12. The stigmatisation of fatness
Chapter 13. Obesity - politics, players and ploys
- Reflections and projections
‘Governments around the world, including our own, are struggling to devise strategies that will stem and ultimately reverse this epidemic [obesity]. These are the issues addressed in the latest book by Prof Mike Gibney, one of Ireland’s most prominent nutritional scientists. Gibney is eminently qualified to reflect on the myriad forces – biological, behavioural, environmental, economic and cultural – that drive the obesity epidemic and to propose potential solutions at both the individual and policy level.’
Irish Times, 13 August 2016
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‘This book is a refreshing change of pace because it is so incredibly level headed. Are fast food and SSBs good for you? No, and Gibney agrees. But are we placing too much blame at the hands at the level of the food creation PROCESS and not enough on total AVAILABILITY? Perhaps.’
The Nutrition Wonk, 20 August 2016
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'This is a thoughtful book from one of the most provocative and knowledgeable voices in Irish food science. Those who are tired of simplistic arguments by unqualified commentators and celebrities, and who want to really engage with the fascinating science of nutrition, will be well rewarded.'
Sunday Times Culture Magazine, 3 July 2016
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Listen to Mike Gibney discuss Ever Seen a Fat Fox? on The Pat Kenny Show, Newstalk, 18 January 2017Watch an interview with Mike Gibney on the epidemic of obesity on Food Industry Asia, Singapore, September 2016
Read an article by Mike Gibney on obesity myths in the South China Morning Post, 11 October 2016Read an article by Mike Gibney on fad diets in the Irish Examiner, 8 August 2016
Read an article by Mike Gibney on weight loss in Slainte, August 2016
Read an open letter from Mike Gibney to Simon Harris, Minister for Health, on the epidemic of obesity in the Sunday Business Post, 29 May 2016Listen to Mike Gibney discuss Ever Seen a Fat Fox? on Clare FM, June 2016Listen to Mike Gibney discussing some answers to the obesity epidemic on FoodBev.com, 1 July 2016Listen to Mike Gibney discuss Ever Seen a Fat Fox? with Keith Finnegan, Galway Bay FM, 28 June 2016 (65 mins in)Read an article by Mike Gibney on how we should tackle the problem of obesity on FoodNavigator.com, 16 June 2016Watch Mike Gibney discuss Ever Seen a Fat Fox? on UTV Ireland, June 2016 Read Mike Gibney on why we become obese in the Irish Independent, 5 June 2016 Listen to Mike Gibney discuss Ever Seen a Fat Fox? on Moncrieff, Newstalk, 30 May 2016 (after the news) Listen to Mike Gibney on the epidemic of obesity on Today with Sean O'Rourke, RTE Radio 1, 23 May 2016Watch Mike Gibney discuss Ever Seen a Fat Fox? on Ireland AM, 24 May 2016Listen to Mike Gibney discuss Ever Seen a Fat Fox? on The Last Word, Newstalk, 19 May 2016 (50 mins in) Read Mike Gibney on the prejudice of obesity in the Irish Independent, 29 May 2016 Read Mike Gibney on sugar tax in the Irish Times, 24 May 2016