Could knowing that you are more likely to be obese, genetically speaking, make you eat less?
Giles Yeo is a neuroscientist and geneticist based at Cambridge University, he studies the brain and how it controls weight. In the UK 62% of adults are either overweight or obese and here in New Zealand 68% of us are too heavy.
Giles also works as a TV presenter, and in his latest BBC Horizon documentary, called 'Why Are We Getting So Fat?', he travels around the UK meeting obese people and looking at the latest obesity-related science, from faecal transplants to hormone injections.
The main focus of his work for the past 8 years has been on a gene called FTO, dubbed the 'fat gene'.