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W&N Popular Science HB / TPB May £16.99 / £13.99 320pp 978 0 297 60919 3 / 978 0 297 60920 9 eBook: £16.99 / 978 0 297 60921 6

Since 2011, Tim Spector has been leading the largest microbiome project in the UK, using genetic sequencing to study the bacteria in the guts of 5,000 twins.

W&N Non-Fiction / Popular Science • May 2015

TIM SPECTOR The Diet Myth The New Science of the Microbiome

A radical new book that explores the connection between our gut and our health by one of the field’s leading scientists. We are all increasingly bewildered by the simple question of what to eat. Despite advice from experts, governments and dieticians, our nutrition – and the global obesity crisis – is getting worse. Most diets work only in the short term, and the scientific differences between individual responses to food remain unexplained. Professor Tim Spector reveals we have been overlooking one vital aspect of diet that lies within us: the thousands of previously unknown but essential microbes in our guts whose job it is to digest our food and keep us alive. Drawing on the latest science and his team’s own pioneering research, Spector explores the hidden world of the microbiome, and demystifies the common misconceptions about fat, calories, vitamins and nutrients. Mixing cutting-edge discoveries, illuminating science and his own case studies, Spector shows why we should abandon fads and instead embrace diversity for a healthy diet, a healthy gut and a healthy body. Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and Hon Consultant Physician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. He has won several academic awards and published over 700 academic papers, many of which relate directly to nutrition and causes of obesity. He is the author of Identically Different: Why You Can Change Your Genes.

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Location: London Available for interview www.tim-spector.co.uk @timspector