Following on from our webinar ‘Why Calories Don’t Count’, we have pulled together some of the key resources and references discussed within the webinar, plus additional ones related to the topic of counting calories. We have also included useful websites and social media accounts recommended to keep up to date on the subject. If you missed the live webinar, you can watch the recording.

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Quantifying the impact of genes on body mass index during the obesity epidemic: longitudinal findings from the HUNT Study (2019), Brandvist M. et al. Study providing evidence that genetically predisposed people are at greater risk of higher body mass index

Role for the obesity-related FTO gene in the cellular sensing of amino acids (2013), Gulati et al. Findings suggesting that genes may influence body composition

The bigger picture of FTO: the first GWAS-identified obesity gene (2013), Loos R. and Yeo G. Review highlighting the biology of genes linked to the regulation of body weight

Unraveling the brain regulation of appetite: lessons from genetics (2012), Yeo G. & Heisler L. Research paper into obesity genes and the role of the brain in appetite control

Identification of the global transcriptomic response of the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus to fasting and leptin predisposition to obesity (2010), Z Jovanovic et al. Study into genes and their role within energy balance and control

Hypothalamic-Specific Manipulation of Fto, the Ortholog of the Human Obesity Gene FTO, Affects Food Intake in Rats (2010), Tung R. et al. Study into the genes involved in human obesity

de novo mutation affecting human TrkB associated with severe obesity and developmental delay (2004), Yeo G. et al. Study highlighting the crucial role of TrkB in the human nervous system



Why Calories Don’t Count: How We Got the Science of Weight Loss Wrong (2021), Dr Giles Yeo. Book written by the speaker of the webinar all about the topic of ‘calorie’s don’t count’

The Truth About Diets (2021), Cambridge University. Video with Dr Giles Yeo exploring different diets and health fads

Every calorie count you see everywhere is wrong (2021), Dr Giles Yeo. Article explaining many of the concepts discussed within the webinar, including the use and drawbacks of the Atwater system

Gene Eating (2018), Dr Giles Yeo. Book written by the speaker of the webinar about the story of human appetite

Let’s consider the type of food we eat, not fixate on calories (2021), David Cox. Interview for The Guardian with Dr Giles Yeo on the drawbacks of calorie counting

Do calories really count? The scientist who says ‘no’ (2021), Dr Giles Yeo. Article for The Times on the debate of calorie counting

Vegetarian, vegan and plant-based diet (2021), British Dietetic Association. Food fact sheet covering how to eat a healthy plant-based diet. This dietary pattern was raised within the webinar as having a benefit for health

Fibre (2021), British Dietetic Association. Food fact sheet covering the role of fibre. It was emphasised within the webinar the importance of achieving daily fibre recommendations

Understanding calories (2019), National Health Service. Background into what calories are and their role within energy balance

Sugar (2017), British Dietetic Association. Food fact sheet into sugar, including the role of lowering free sugars in the diet – a point raised within the webinar

Weight Loss (2016), British Dietetic Association. Food fact sheet for losing weight healthily  

Food energy – methods of analysis and conversion factors (2003), Food and Agriculture Organization. Background into calorie labelling, where the values come from including the Atwater system

Can I go vegan and stay healthy? BBC2 Trust Me I’m A Doctor. Results from when Dr Giles Yeo went vegan for one month and what happened to his body

Obesity: A Disease of the Brain? Obesity Canada and the European Association for the Study of Obesity. Useful infographic explaining the multitude of factors involved in obesity, including genetics




Dr Giles Yeo Chews The Fat (2021), Orion Publishing Ltd. Dr Giles Yeo podcast series with fellow foodies, scientists and doctors discussing the science behind weight loss and gain

Giles Yeo on how our genes can make us fat (2021), The Life Scientific. Giles Yeo talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the influence our genes have on how we put on weight, and why many of us struggle to lose it




Obesity: identification, assessment and management (2010), National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NICE guidelines for obesity in children, young people and adults

SACN Carbohydrates and Health Report (2015), The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. Evidence on the links between carbohydrates, sugars, starch and fibre and a range of health outcomes, including recommendations for free sugars




@GilesYeo (Twitter), gilesyeo (Instagram) and Giles Yeo (Linkedin) for Dr Giles Yeo (webinar speaker)

@BDA_Obesity (Twitter) and bda_obesity (Instagram) for the Obesity Specialist Group of the British Dietetic Association

@TheVeganSociety (Twitter) and @theoriginalvegansociety (Instagram) – The Vegan Society’s official accounts



How to be vegan savvy (2021) Azmnia Govindji RD. Practical advice on eating well on a vegan diet. Vegan diets and/or plant based diets were discussed within the ‘Calories Don’t Count’ webinar as having a benefit for health and weight control

Vegan diets, person centred practice (2020) Heather Russell, RD from The Vegan Society. Heather talks us through the practical aspects of a vegan diet – see above for relevance

Fibre (2018) Dr Megan Rossi. Dietary recommendations for fibre and the role within health and disease. The importance of fibre was emphasised in the ‘Calories Don’t Count’ webinar