Ultra-Processed People: Why Do We All Eat Stuff That Isn't Food ... and Why Can't We Stop? by Chris van Tulleken ISBN:9781529903591

Ultra-Processed People by Chris van Tulleken

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An event publication that promises to change how we eat, saving ourselves and the planet at the same time.

Ultra Processed People is a fast paced and eye-opening book which reveals the true cause of both obesity and poor health; ultra-processed food – or UPF. Van Tulleken delves into the science and economics of UPF, reframing obesity as a “commerciogenic disease” driven by an unregulated industry and caused by the consumption of knowingly harmful, addictive substances. It is not a diet book, but it may lead to weight loss; it is not an environmental treatise, but it will help the planet. The book will use evidence to propose real solutions to the current obesity epidemic, both for policy makers and for readers. Threaded throughout is a highly engaging personal account of the author’s own confused relationship with UPF as a doctor, parent and sibling.

About the Author: Chris van Tulleken is an infectious diseases doctor at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London. He trained at Oxford and has a PhD in molecular virology from University College London where he is an Associate Professor. His research focuses on how corporations affect human health especially in the context of child nutrition and he works with UNICEF and The World Health Organisation on this area. As one of the BBC’s leading broadcasters for children and adults his work has won two BAFTAs. He lives in London with his wife and two children.


Additional information


Paperback / softback


Diets & dieting

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)



Date of Publication

20 Nov 0428

Ultra-Processed People: Why Do We All Eat Stuff That Isn’t Food … and Why Can’t We Stop? by Chris van Tulleken ISBN 9781529903591

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