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Nita Gandhi Forouhi: Challenging poor choices

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 12 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1573


Nita Forouhi leads research in nutritional epidemiology at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge. Her research has looked at key dietary challenges, showing that saturated fat is not a homogeneous entity and that food is about more than the nutrient (red meat and dairy are both rich in saturated fat but have divergent health effects) and demonstrating the relevance of Mediterranean dietary patterns in the UK. Trained in medicine, epidemiology, and public health medicine at Newcastle, Edinburgh, London and Cambridge, she is passionate about translating research findings into public health benefits. With regular presence on the BBC and other media she is known for giving evidence based and balanced views, and in 2016 her group won the University of Cambridge best impact award for their work on sugar, fat, and health.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be a doctor—the first in my family. And to study in England, leaving home in India aged 14 …

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