A Symposium with Professor Robert Lustig MD

Robert Lustig Organised by: Food and Behaviour Research
Start Date: March 12 2013
End Date: March 12 2013
Duration: 1.30pm to 4.45pm
Location: London, UK
Venue: Church House Conference Centre (Hoare Memorial Hall), Dean's Yard, Westminster SW1P 3NZ

FAB Research is proud to be hosting the first visit to the UK by Professor Robert Lustig MD of the University of California, a specialist in endocrinology and pediatric obesity who is internationally renowned for his research into the hormonal and other effects of dietary sugar.

At this special symposium, we are offering you a unique opportunity to hear Professor Lustig explain the evidence behind his view that sugar – not dietary fat – is the primary driver of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and many other serious health problems, including mental health disorders.  All of these diseases are associated with various hormonal and metabolic abnormalities known as ‘the metabolic syndrome’, which develops gradually over time and is known to be diet-related.

If Professor Lustig is right, then most of the public health advice aimed at reducing obesity and related chronic health conditions over the last forty years has had the wrong emphasis, because the ‘low-fat’ diets typically recommended for weight loss and heart health are almost always high in sugar and other refined carbohydrates.

Hear the scientific evidence, and join in questions and discussion with our panel of eminent speakers and commentators, all of whom are experts in their respective fields.  Issues covered will include:

  • Why have obesity rates risen so dramatically in recent years – and why does this matter so much?
  • Has ‘healthy eating’ advice inadvertently been making matters worse?
  • What’s the evidence that mental health conditions such as ADHD and dementia may be diet-related?
  •  ‘Eating less and exercising more’ sounds very simple – so why do most people find it very difficult to lose excess weight and keep it off?
  • Which fats really are unhealthy, and which ones can actually reduce your risk of most degenerative diseases?
  • Is sugar really toxic and addictive – and if so, what can we do about it?

Speakers and Panel:

Opening Remarks
Professor Jason Halford (Professor in Appetite and Obesity, University of Liverpool)

The Key Role of Sugar in Obesity and Disease
Prof Robert Lustig MD (Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Francisco; Author of 'Fat Chance: The bitter truth about sugar)

Diet and the Obesity Crisis
Prof David Haslam (Chair, National Obesity Forum)

Dietary Fats, Sugar and the Mental Health Crisis
Dr Alex Richardson (Founder Director, FAB Research; Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford; Author of ‘They Are What You Feed Them’)

Sugar and Fat - Time for a New Food Policy?
Prof Jack Winkler (Former Professor of Nutrition Policy, London Metropolitan University, Director of Food & Health Research, an independent consultancy on nutrition that works primarily with public interest organisations)

'Pure White And Deadly' - A legacy remembered
Prof Michael Yudkin (Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, University of Oxford; son of John Yudkin, the author of 'Pure, White and Deadly - How sugar is killing us and what we can do to stop it' which has recently been re-released by Penguin with a foreword from Robert Lustig)

An essential event for:

Public Health Policy Specialists | Healthcare, Social Care, and Education Practitioners and Managers | Food Industry Analysts and Decision Makers | Researchers from Academia and Industry | School Food Providers | Food Manufacturers and Marketers | Media | Interested Individuals