Channel 4 has ordered a new Avalon doc in which journalist Michael Mosley investigates why Britain is losing the battle with obesity

30 years after the first government targets were set to tackle obesity, journalist and broadcaster Michael Mosley delves into why politicians seem powerless to reverse – or even halt – the rise in Britons living with obesity.

Over two episodes Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat? will get answers from political insiders at the highest level, including former Chancellor George Osborne and Cameron’s Chief of Policy Baroness Cavendish, discovering the truth about industry lobbying and political pressure. Michael reveals that no-one can put a figure on the amount spent by governments on decades of anti-obesity schemes. And he meets everyday people, as well as passionate campaigners like Jamie Oliver, who tell their own stories about what’s at stake if the government doesn’t get serious about tackling obesity.

Michael Mosley, journalist and broadcaster, said: “Ever since I discovered that I had type 2 diabetes, back in 2012, and managed to get my blood sugars back to a healthy range by losing weight, I’ve been writing about the dangers of our ever-expanding waistlines. The pandemic has, in turn, contributed to soaring rates of childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes and blood pressure, all linked to our growing love of takeaways and ultra-processed foods. The current government appears keen to do something about it – but will its solutions work? And to what extent have 30 years of policy failure contributed to our stunningly high rates of obesity? It’s desperately important we get this right, so I’m thrilled to be investigating this area for Channel 4. It’s been an eye-opening journey!”

Louisa Compton, Head of News and Current Affairs and Specialist Factual and Sport said: “How can it be that after 30 years of different government initiatives obesity is still rising at an alarming rate in Britain? We’re really excited that Michael Mosley, having already made two successful series on weight loss for the channel, is taking his considerable expertise to investigate what the UK is getting wrong when it comes to tackling obesity”

Adam Vandermark, Commissioning Editor for News and Current Affairs, said: “What will truly solve the obesity crisis in the UK? We’ve had numerous strategies involving huge amounts of public money, but it still remains a major public health issue. Michael Mosley journalistic rigour gets to the root of the problem, and asks if policymakers really are being radical and brave enough to tackle it”

The series was commissioned by Adam Vandermark, Commissioning Editor for News and Current Affairs at Channel 4. The production company is Avalon. The Exec Producer is Gill Wilson and Series Producer is Victoria James.

Jon Creamer

Share this story

Share Televisual stories within your social media posts.
Be inclusive: is open access without the need to register.
Anyone and everyone can access this post with minimum fuss.