You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat

infobox television
show_name = You Are What You Eat

caption =
format = Health and dieting
runtime = 30mins (inc. adverts)
producer = Anna Richardson
starring = Gillian McKeith
country = UK
network = Channel 4
first_aired = 2004
last_aired = 2007
num_episodes =
imdb_id = 0418446 |

"You Are What You Eat" is a dieting programme aired in various forms between 2004 and 2007 on British broadcasting company Channel 4, and presented by Gillian McKeith. The fourth series was called "You Are What You Eat:Gillian Moves In".


The show often uses shock tactics to get the participants to lose weight. In each episode all food eaten in one week by the person(s) taking part is placed on a table to highlight problem areas of their diet. Another technique is the analysis of the participant's faeces by McKeith to detect certain problems and make them known to the person involved. This aspect of the show gained McKeith the nickname "The Awful Poo Lady". [ [ Bad Science » The Awful Poo Lady ] ] Emphasising the possibility of the participant's death is sometimes used, with references to children they might not see growing up or a mock grave being prepared. Generally, editions would have these scenes in the first part followed by the participant's attempts to follow McKeith's diet and exercise regimes in the second. The fourth series was expanded from half to one hour programmes, with the contestants moving to McKeith's London house and being visited overnight at their homes for inspection.

pin-off series

Localized versions of "You Are What You Eat" were produced by Viasat and aired in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Czech Republic. Viasat was the first company in the world to adapt the format locally. MTV3 also produced a local version of the show in Finland. The show was a success and it was frequently most viewed show in Finland when it was aired.


In the first series of the show, McKeith was sometimes referred to as "Doctor", and she has continued to use the title in some media, although the later series referred to her as a "holistic nutritionist", using the title "Ms. Gillian Mckeith" at some points. It emerged in December 2005 that Gillian McKeith has no accredited doctorate. McKeith received her PhD via a distance learning programme from the American Holistic College of Nutrition, Alabama — now the Clayton College of Natural Health. [,12980,1285600,00.html] The Clayton College of Natural Health states that it is "accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board [] ". However, this accreditation is not recognised by the U.S. Secretary of Education. []

McKeith is also a member of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants, a controversial organisation which seeks to enhance the reputation of Nutritional and Dietary Consultants by consolidating them into a professional organisation.It offers examination and certification, or association membership which does not require an examination but requires the payment of the $60 membership fee. [cite web|url=|title=Dr Gillian McKeith (PhD) continued|publisher=The Guardian|date=2004-09-30|accessdate=2007-02-10]

Michelle McManus

Aired in June 2005, the "Pop Idol" winner Michelle McManus was featured on a special of the show.


There are books that have been published to accompany the series. The following are written by Gillian McKieth:

*"You Are What You Eat"
*"You Are What You Eat Cookbook"

Respected Nutrionist Carina Norris has written a number of official YAWYE books

* " You Are What You Eat Mealplanner
* " You Are What You Eat Total Health Overhaul

There is also one book written by Michelle McManus from her appearance on the show.

*"You Are What You Eat: Michelle's Diary"


External links

* [ "You Are What You Eat"] at
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