Waistband feeling a bit tighter, or buttons straining after Christmas?
See also: Fat Chance: The bitter truth about sugar by Robert Lustig. Released 3 Jan 2013 - purchase your hard copy or download to your Kindle via our Amazon links.
Hear Professor Robert Lustig speak at a special event that FAB Research is hosting, aimed at policymakers, professionals and the general public.
While it's easy to blame your appalling willpower or TV-inspired lethargy, according to respected US obesity expert, prof Robert Lustig, weight gain might not be your fault at all.
In a fascinating new book, Robert Lustig, a professor of clinical paediatrics at the University of California, expounds a whole new scientific theory.
He argues that the urge to overeat and lounge around is not a sign of weakness. It is, he says, a hormonal issue, triggered by eating too much sugar. He points the finger of blame at the hormone leptin, which acts like an appetite thermostat.
As one of the two 'hunger hormones' in the body, leptin works to decrease the appetite (its partner, ghrelin, increases appetite).
When you have had enough to eat, your fat cells release leptin, which effectively dulls the appetite by instructing the brain that it's time to stop eating.
But Professor Lustig warns that our sweet tooth is sending this process haywire.