Anthony Leeds

MB, BS, MSc, CBiol, FRSBiol
Honorary research fellow

Anthony Leeds is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Parker Institute. He is also visiting adjunct professor at the School of Health Sciences, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. and visiting Professor in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. He practices medicine part-time in the NHS at the Central Middlesex Hospital, London, in the department of Diabetes and Endocrinology and is a member of the multidisciplinary team of the North London Obesity Surgery Service at The Whittington Hospital. He was Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator in the Division of Nutrition Sciences at King's College London until September 2007 and is Medical Director of Cambridge Weight Plan. He graduated from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London, where he had studied trans-placental malaria transmission in Nigeria as a senior student in 1970. He learned his parasitology laboratory skills from PG Shute at the WHO Malaria reference laboratory, Horton, UK. Shute, aged 75 in 1970, had earlier, in 1917, learned from Ronald Ross, who confirmed experimentally how malaria transmission occurs. Following junior medical posts and a short spell as medical officer in Sierra Leone he held a research fellowship at the MRC Gastroenterology Unit, with David Jenkins who defined the ‘Glycaemic Index’, contributing to studies on dietary fibre in health and disease. From 1977 to 2007 he was at Queen Elizabeth College which subsequently merged to become King's College London in 1985. There, he developed an intercalated BSc course in Nutrition for medical students. He was seconded to the United Kingdom’s Department of Health as head of the Nutrition Unit and secretary to the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy (COMA). He is a member of the Society of Authors, and a charity trustee of the All Saints Educational Trust. An occasional speaker on Radio and Television he has an interest in the diet of ancient man and made contributions to the TV series 'Ray Mears Wild Foods' aired on BBC2 in 2007. In 2010/11 he contributed to the BBC web-site ‘scrubbing up’ series discussing obesity, sleep apnoea and road traffic accidents, and the costs of obesity treatment with surgery. He has spoken about various aspects of obesity and osteoarthritis to politicians at meetings held in the UK parliament, London, most recently in 2014. His current research interests concern the use of low energy diets and very low energy diets (VLED) in the management of obesity and obesity-related co-morbidities. Anthony Leeds has worked on projects in Denmark since 1983. He was a sponsor of the construction of the sail-training Aalborg dinghy ‘Peder Most’ launched in Svendborg during the October 2007 Æbleræce.