Feedback on the debate II of the cycle Food today and tomorrow chapter II: Food and diseases




In creating its Foundation, the French Academy of Medicine wished to put at the service of society as a whole its unique capacity to bring together, on essential health and social issues and around the best French and international experts, all the political, medical, scientific, economic and associative stakeholders. To fulfill its mission, the Foundation of the French Academy of Medicine (FAM) has chosen to organize debates based on excellent scientific publications or communications that are open to the general public (associations, NGOs, companies, patients), the media and directly relayed to public authorities, particularly members of parliament. In addition to their level, these debates are distinguished from other events of the same type by the benefit of the institutional status and the guarantees of credibility and ethics that are granted to the French Academy of Medicine.

After a first cycle of debates on the theme of “Society and Ageing”, and a second cycle underway on “Exposure, Environmental Health”, the first of which dealt with “Health risks related to chemical pollutants”, the FAM is continuing its new cycle on “Food today and tomorrow”. This cycle of debates was developed by Professors Catherine Buffet and Gabriel Perlemuter. Both are members of the “Digestive system – Food – Nutrition – Metabolic diseases” commission of the French Academy of Medicine. The famous Breton chef Olivier Roellinger has agreed to sponsor this cycle and Alain Kruger (journalist, creator and producer of the program “On ne parle pas la bouche pleine” on France Culture) has honored us by hosting it. The reflections raised by food are multiple and concern the health of all populations with a paradoxical situation since according to the United Nations, in 2018, more than 113 million people in 53 countries were on the verge of starvation while more than 2 billion in the world were overweight. Obesity and undernutrition are two phenomena of malnutrition that now go hand in hand and are linked to poor nutrition.

Chapter II : Food and disease

Following its first debate, the FAM sought to establish the definition of “eating well”, defined by the quality and quantity of food.

For this debate, the FAM wanted to address food as a source of disease.


Moderation by Alain Kruger, journalist, creator and producer of the program “On ne parle pas la bouche pleine” (France Culture).

14:00 Welcoming remarks
Alain Kruger, Pr Bernard Charpentier (President of the French National Academy of Medicine), Olivier Bohuon (President of the FAM)

14:15 Word of the sponsor
Olivier Roellinger (Chef, patron of the cycle)

14:20 Introduction
Pr Gabriel Perlemuter (academician, hepato-gastroenterologist, nutritionist), Pr Catherine Buffet (academician, hepato-gastroenterologist)


I – Food and diseases


14:30 Introduction, “Food and diseases, epidemiological aspects”
Dr Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault (internist doctor, hepatogastroenterologist, doctor of nutrition)

14:45 Discussion with the public


a) Overweight – obesity and toxicity


14:55 The weight of genes in obesity
Dr Philippe Froguel (academician, diabetologist)

15:10 The patient’s point of view
Anne-Sophie Joly (President of the French National Collective of Obese Associations)

15:25 Childhood obesity: myths and realities
Pr Patrick Tounian (Head of the pediatric nutrition department, Trousseau Hospital, Sorbonne University, Paris) 

15:40 Discussion with the public


b) Food allergies


15:50 My child is food intolerant
Pr Florence Campeotto (gastroenterologist paediatrician, Necker Hospital, Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Paris)

16:10 Celiac disease and gluten hypersensitivity
Pr Georgia Malamut (gastroenterologist and hepatologist, Cochin Hospital) 

16:25 Testimonial of the AFDIAG (Association Française Des Intolérants Au Gluten)
Brigitte Jolivet (AFDIAG President)

16:35 Discussion with the audience

16:45 Spicy food
Olivier Roellinger

16:50 Break


II – Eating disorders


17:00 Psychiatric aspects of eating disorders
Pr Philippe Jeammet (paedospychiatrist, professor of child and adolescent psychiatry, Paris V) 

17:20 Testimony of the Sandrine Castellotti Foundation
Danielle Castellotti (President of the foundation)

17:30 Discussion with the public

17:40 The final word
Alain Kruger et Olivier Roellinger

17:55 Conclusion
Pr Gabriel Perlemuter

All debate

Debate abstract

copyright Fondation Sandrine Castellotti

The FAM is on TikTok! Watch our videos of the debate  bellow :


Presentation of the Prof. Richard Villet

What is the Foundation of the french Academy of Medicine ?

What are the actions of the FAM ?

Who are the speakers at these debates?

How to follow the FAM debates ?

Presentation of the Prof. Philippe Jeammet

Who are the people most affected by eating disorders ?

Why teenagers are the most vulnerable to eating disorders ?

What to do if there are signals of eating disorders ?

Who should I contact if I have signs of disordered eating ?

What can parents do about bullying on social networks ?

Presentation of the Prof. Perlemuter

What is the topic of today's debate ?

Are we born or do we become allergic ?

How can our food cause diseases ?

Is obesity a disease ?

What are the next themes of the cycle of debates about Food ?

Why support the FAM debates ?