Irresistible: Why We Can’t Stop Eating Set for BBC Two and iPlayer

Dr Chris van Tulleken sitting with his hands together looking to camera.
Dr Chris van Tulleken (Image: BBC/Lion TV/Chris van Tulleken/Jonny Storey)

BBC Factual announces an intriguing new documentary, Irresistible: Why We Can’t Stop Eating, presented by Dr. Chris van Tulleken. The program explores the compelling yet concerning world of ultra-processed foods and their impact on our health. With his background in medicine and academia, Dr. van Tulleken offers a thought-provoking perspective on why these industrially produced foods are so appealing and prevalent in our diets.

In the documentary, Dr. van Tulleken explores the fascinating world of food science and marketing, revealing how companies design products to be irresistible. From brain scans to assess deliciousness to carefully engineered sounds, the food industry leaves no stone unturned in ensuring their products win over consumers. The documentary also highlights the financial gains of these corporations as their profits soar with our increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods.

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However, a growing body of evidence links these convenient and affordable foods to declining health. With poor diet surpassing tobacco as the leading cause of early death, the documentary shines a light on the darker side of the food industry. It raises important questions about the impact of ultra-processed foods on our bodies and brains and explores the possibility of creating a healthier food environment.

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Irresistible: Why We Can’t Stop Eating features insider interviews and exposes the strategies used by food companies to create addictive products. By uncovering the link between ultra-processed foods and our health, the documentary prompts a discussion about potential changes to improve our dietary habits and overall well-being.

The hour long Irresistible: Why We Can’t Stop Eating is made by Lion Television Ltd and Yap Films Inc in association with CBC and ARTE and will air on BBC Two and iPlayer.

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