Research File special: Obesity

This programme is part of the series Research File
Obesity (© Tony Alter)

In this special edition of our weekly science programme marking World Health Day, we focus on the growing worldwide problem of obesity. Scientists know more and more now about its causes, how to prevent it, and the dire consequences of doing nothing—as the world sees a rise in cancer, heart disease and even economic loss from the failure to stop what has now become an obesity epidemic.


  • Professor Jaap Seidell: Professor of nutrition and health at the Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (erstwhile president of the European Association for the Study of Obesity)
  • Professor Philip James: Chairman, International Obesity Task Force
  • Iain, a personal perspective
  • Dr. Ismale Diez de Val, general surgeon, Gastro-oesophageal Unit, Txagorritxu Hospital, Vitoria, Spain

Producer: Laura Durnford

Broadcast: April 9, 2004

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