Despite now having more scientific information regarding human health and wellbeing than at any other point in history, the world as a whole is unhealthier than ever.
In his highly readable and provocative book The Obesity Code, Dr Jason Fung sets out a ground-breaking new theory: that obesity is caused by our hormones, rather than a lack of self-control.
It turns out that when we eat is just as important as what we eat, and the overproduction of insulin in the body is the root cause of obesity and obesity-related illnesses.
We wanted to get to know Dr Fung a little bit better, and he kindly answered some questions for us.
1. Which book has had the most influence on you?
Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes and The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz.
2. If you could invite three fictional characters to dinner, who would you pick?
Tyrion Lannister, Ender Wiggin, and Sherlock Holmes.
3. What is your number one way of keeping your body and brain in balance?
4. What is the most important piece of advice you have received?
Never forget who you are.
5. What would you like to tell your 18 year-old self?
Don’t let anybody outwork you. People will be faster, smarter, more popular, taller, richer than you, but don’t ever let anybody beat you by outworking you.
6. Who inspires you? (Doesn’t have to be limited to other writers or people in your industry.)
7. You’re stranded on an island with all the living essentials at hand, but what one additional item would you need to survive?
Journal (and pen).
Sure, Dr Fung. That's two, but we'll allow it.
8. What’s the best book you’ve read in the past 12 months?
The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.
9. What is your number one tip for people struggling to make a change in their life?
Never give up.
10. How would you summarise your latest book in 25 words or less?
The Obesity Code is a deep exploration into the causes of weight gain. Understanding this allows rational strategies for weight loss.