Ultra-Processed People: Why Do We All Eat Stuff That Isn't Food … and Why Can’t We Stop?

Ultra-Processed People: Why Do We All Eat Stuff That Isn't Food … and Why Can’t We Stop?
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It's not you, it's the food.

We have entered a new 'age of eating' where most of our calories come from an entirely novel set of substances called Ultra-Processed Food, food which is industrially processed and designed and marketed to be addictive. But do we really know what it's doing to our bodies?

Join Chris in his travels through the world of food science and a UPF diet to discover what's really going on. Find out why exercise and willpower can't save us, and what UPF is really doing to our bodies, our health, our weight, and the planet (hint: nothing good).

For too long we've been told we just need to make different choices, when really we're living in a food environment that makes it nigh-on impossible. So this is a book about our rights. The right to know what we eat and what it does to our bodies and the right to good, affordable food.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cornerstone Press (27 April 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529900050
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529900057
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.2 x 3.5 x 24 cm

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.


If you only read one diet or nutrition book in your life, make it this one -- Bee Wilson

A devastating, witty and scholarly destruction of the shit food we eat and why -- Adam Rutherford

A wonderful and fascinating expose -- Michael Mosley

Packed with "I never knew that" moments, Ultra-Processed People is a wonderfully playful book that changed forever how I think about what I eat and why -- Hannah Fry

Everyone needs to know this stuff -- Tim Spector

An engrossing, infuriating read. Ultra-Processed People makes most fictional villains look quaint. Read it and fight back! -- Rob Delaney

A much-needed, eye-opening exposé. Beautifully written, each page reveals hidden truths and asks you to re-think and re-connect to food in a way that has been lost for decades. Truly mind-blowing! -- Megan McCubbin

The past 10 years has seen an inflection point in human history, where more people in the world are now dying of eating too much, than of eating too little. This urgent and captivating read digs deep into one of the huge reasons, the rise and rise of ultra-processed food' -- Giles Yeo

Read it; your diet will never be the same again! -- Mariella Frostrup

A totally fascinating book which put me right off my Doritos -- Marina Hyde

Incendiary and infuriating, this book is a diet grenade, the bold and brutal truth about how we are fed deadly delights by very greedy, evil giants -- Chris Packham

Fascinating, but frankly horrifying investigation into our industrialised food system -- Ben Spencer ― Sunday Times