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25 Sep 2020

How to Beat... Fat on Channel 4

Amanda Daley, Professor of Behavioural Medicine in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, is due to appear on 'How to Beat... Fat' on Channel 4 at 8pm on Thursday 1 October 2020.

The programme will focus on whether adopting simple strategies can help people to lose weight and eat more healthily.

During the programme, Professor Daley will discuss whether the public would snack less if they realised how much physical activity it would take to burn off the calories in snack foods such as cakes, crisps, chocolate and biscuits and so on.

This focus, reflects Professor Daley's research, which looks at the effects of physical activity calorie equivalent (PACE) labelling on foods and drinks. She is currently conducting several trials in different contexts to investigate whether giving the public information about how minutes they need to run and walk reduces the number of calories selected for consumption. 

Ahead of the programme, she explained: "It is really important we give the public information in a way that they can easily understand.

"Many people are unaware of the high number of calories contained in snack food, which tend to be very energy dense.

"For example, one chocolate digestive biscuits contains 80 calories; this is equivalent to about 8 minutes of running or 16 minutes of walking to expend the calories in one biscuit.

"It is important to educate the public about the importance of maintaining good energy balance through the food they eat and the physical activity they do each day."

For more information about the work that Professor Daley is involved in, please visit the CLIMB: The Centre for Lifestyle Medicine and Behaviour website. You can also find out more about the 'How to Beat ...' series on the Channel 4 website.