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The Week Unwrapped: Food, free speech and gold

Is counting calories unhealthy? Why has the UK fallen down the press freedom index? And is the price of gold headed for an all-time high?

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.

In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Calorie counting

BBC Two’s The Restaurant that Burns Calories was met with backlash after being accused of “triggering” people with eating disorders. But do the public health concerns over obesity justify it being aired? Are Brits particularly guilty of overeating? And are eating disorders being taken seriously enough?

Press freedom

The UK had slipped two places to number 35 on the annual press freedom index, below countries including Costa Rica, Ghana and South Africa. What's the reason for the fall? Does the UK value a free press? And how will the coronavirus crisis affect journalists and media groups around the world? 

Golden investments

One of America's biggest investment banks has just said that it expects the gold price to soar to $3,000 an ounce in the next 18 months, which would be more than 50% above gold's previous all-time high. Is that reasonable? What would have to happen to drive the price that high? And what's the point of gold anyway?

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