It’s the common cry of many a struggling dieter: ‘I live on salads yet I can’t shift the pounds.’
Those struggling with their weight also often blame ‘a slow metabolism’ for setting them back, but as a new TV series reveals, the answer may be far more simple.
In the Channel 4 show Secret Eaters, hidden cameras record every surreptitious nibble taken by participants. And when their eating habits aren’t being spied on at home, they are secretly tracked by two private detectives who take photographs of them sneaking crisps, cakes, fizzy drinks and takeaway meals.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2287020/Caught-act-The-secret-snackers.html#ixzz2MVPfFtjq
Secret Eaters starts on Channel 4 on March 27.
Wednesday 20 June 2012 | 8pm | Channel 4
Engaged couple Ronnie Derrett and Stuart Ellaway from Farnborough want to solve the riddle of why they’re putting on weight.
Ronnie says she cooks fresh meals most evenings and only snacks on healthy foods, and Stuart thinks he eats a healthy balanced diet.
Will revealing the truth of what they’re really eating be the eye-opener they need to stick to a ten-week healthy eating regime designed to help them win their battle with the bulge?
Plus, could the shape of the glass you drink from affect your weight?
Last in the series.
Wednesday 13 June 2012 | 8pm | Channel 4
The White Olivers want to learn how to live on a healthier, more balanced diet for the sake of daughter Ellie.
Mum Leanne knows that she is classified as obese, but she doesn’t know where she is going wrong.
Dad Craig used to play professional football and doesn’t think he eats that much.
Will the truth of what they really eat be the eye-opener they need to stick to a ten-week healthy eating regime? And does dining in company make us eat more?
With research suggesting that groups of six or more can consume 70 per cent more food and drink than single diners, the theory is put to the test.
Wednesday 6 June 2012 | 8pm | Channel 4
Anna Richardson exposes the country’s secret eating habits. This time it’s the Meakin family – mum Sue, daughter Natalie, and son Dave – looking for help to solve the riddle of why they’re putting on weight.
Sue says she eats a healthy diet, Natalie doesn’t think her diet is very high in sugar, while chef Dave says he’s busy cooking all day so doesn’t have time for meals.
The show also heads to a supermarket to test the theory that if we’re hungry we will buy higher calorie, fattier foods.
Simple changes to our shopping behaviour could help us all shift extra weight
Wednesday 30 May 2012 | 8pm | Channel 4
Anna Richardson exposes the country’s secret eating habits, one household at a time.
In this edition Dawn and Mike, a married couple from Hull, plus their best mate and lodger Gareth, want to solve the riddle of why they’re putting on weight. Dawn says her diet is highly regimented, and Mike doesn’t think he eats any more than anyone else, while Gareth reckons for a bloke of 6ft9 he’s not eating more than he should.
After being monitored both inside and outside their home, will the truth of what they’re really eating be the eye-opener they need to stick to a ten-week healthy eating regime?
Plus a look at the difference between what we’re told and what we’re sold by the food industry, and hints and tips for viewers on how not to over-eat. This week’s scoop comes from an ice cream parlour where lucky volunteers help test the theory that just changing the size of our plate, bowl or saucer can make our brains tell us we feel full, while eating less.
Wednesday 23 May 2012 | 8pm | Channel 4
We each make around 200 eating decisions a day, most of which are made without thinking.
The mystery for the Castle family, from Welwyn Garden City, is how they could be putting on weight when they eat mostly mum Belinda’s healthy, home-cooked food.
Using round-the-clock surveillance from cameras in their home, plus two private investigators following their every move outside the house, the Castles can see what they’re really eating.
Anna Richardson is on hand to guide them through their discovery, as well as put them on a ten-week healthy-eating regime designed by an expert dietician.
Plus, a group of office workers test the theory that by putting sweet treats even slightly out of sight, they can be kept out of mind and – more importantly – our mouths.
Wednesday 16/05/2012 | 8pm | Channel 4
Britain’s got a big, fat secret – we are a nation of Secret Eaters.
Each year, we’re getting fatter, but many of us just don’t seem to know why.
In this brand new series Anna Richardson exposes the country’s secret eating habits.
Each episode helps people who are mystified as to why they’re piling on the pounds by uncovering what they’re really eating as they all agree to undergo around-the-clock surveillance for five days… And are also watched over by two top private investigators.
In this episode siblings Jill Hamill and Stuart Raphel from the Wirral are in the spotlight.
Channel 4 has ordered a ground breaking series about the science and psychology of eating from Remarkable Television, an Endemol company.
Presented by Anna Richardson, Secret Eaters will scrutinise the eating habits of overweight families by putting them under 24 hour camera surveillance. There will be cameras in their shopping trolley, the local café, their car, fridge, cupboards and sofa. Each household has agreed to have every move and mouthful captured.
These families can’t understand why their diets are out of control- they think they are eating healthily but the cameras will reveal their secret eating habits.
Their diets will then be analysed by two experts – Food Science lecturer Richard Marshall, and Dietician Lynne Garton – who will debunk the food industry’s jargon, and explain how our bodies can fool us in wanting more the kind of foods that aren’t good for us.
Once the families are aware of the true scale of their overeating, they will embark on a 12 week ‘Food Rehab’ regime to help them shift the pounds
Secret Eaters was commissioned by Channel 4′s Deputy Head of Features Andrew Jackson and is executive produced by Remarkable Television’s Kitty Walshe. The 6 x 60 format is set to air this April.
Andrew Jackson said: “If we’re honest most of us have sighed these words into our bathroom mirror ‘I don’t know why I’ve piled on the pounds – I always watch what I eat’. Well this series aims to investigate those sentiments. By showing one family the difference between what they think they eat and what they actually eat, we’ll help them admit their secret eating ways and put them on the path to a more balanced and honest diet”.
Colette Foster, Managing Director at Remarkable Television adds: “We’ve become a nation of mindless eaters, compulsively snacking and then regretting it. Secret Eaters will unlock our true relationship with food. By explaining why we reach for certain foods we can have a better understanding of how to avoid over-eating.”
An event offering help and hope to those suffering from eating disorders has been arranged on the island.
The meeting aims to highlight problems and present solutions to help overcome destructive eating patterns.
According to clinical statistics 10% of sufferers have anorexia, 40% bulimia and the 50% an unspecified disorder which includes binge eating.
An Isle of Man social care spokesperson said the road to recovery would be outlined at the meeting.
He added: “There will be a variety of information available to view and to take away, such as understanding eating disorders and tips for parents, families, siblings and friends.
“There will also be information for any professional working with a person who has an eating disorder.”
The meeting will take place at the museum on Kingswood Grove in Douglas on 22 February between 18:30 and 19:30 (GMT).