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Why We Get Fat: And What to Do about It (Vintage)by Gary Taubes
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An eye-opening, myth-shattering examination of what makes us fat, from acclaimed science writer Gary Taubes.
In his New York Times best seller, Good Calories, Bad Calories, Taubes argued that our diets overemphasis on certain kinds of carbohydrates — not fats and not simply excess calories — has led directly to the obesity epidemic we face today. The result of thorough research, keen insight, and unassailable common sense, Good Calories, Bad Calories immediately stirred controversy and acclaim among academics, journalists, and writers alike. Michael Pollan heralded it as “a vitally important book, destined to change the way we think about food.”
Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of whats making us fat — and how we can change — in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubess crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.
Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century, none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat, and the good science that has been ignored, especially regarding insulin's regulation of our fat tissue. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid?
Packed with essential information and concluding with an easy-to-follow diet, Why We Get Fat is an invaluable key in our understanding of an international epidemic and a guide to what each of us can do about it.
“Taubes stands the received wisdom about diet and exercise on its head.” The New York Times
“Well-researched and thoughtful....Taubes has done us a great service by bringing these issues to the table.” The Boston Globe
“Compelling and convincing....Taubes breaks it down for us from historical and, more importantly, scientific perspectives.” Philadelphia Daily News
“Taubes’s critique is so pointed and vociferous that reading him will change the way you look at calories, the food pyramid, and your daily diet.” Men’s Journal
“Taubes is a science journalist’s science journalist, who researches topics to the point of obsession — actually, well beyond that point — and never dumbs things down for readers.” Scientific American
“Less dense and easier to read [than Good Calories, Bad Calories] but no less revelatory.” The Oregonian
“An exhaustive investigation.” The Daily Beast
“Backed by a persuasive amount of detail....As an award-winning scientific journalist who spent the past decade rigorously tracking down and assimilating obesity research, he’s uniquely qualified to understand and present the big picture of scientific opinions and results. Despite legions of researchers and billions of government dollars expended, Taubes is the one to painstakingly compile this information, assimilate it, and make it available to the public....Taubes does the important and extraordinary work of pulling it all together for us.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Clear and accessible....Taubes’s conviction alone makes Why We Get Fat well worth considering.” Bookpage
ldquo;[Taubes] is helping to reshape the conversation about what makes the American diet so fattening.” Details
“Taubes is a relentless researcher.” The Washington Post Book World
“[Taubes’s] major conclusions are somewhat startling yet surprisingly convincing....His writing reflects his passion for scientific truth.” Chicago Sun-Times
Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Gary Taubes revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat — and how we can change.
He reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century — none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat — and the good science that has been ignored. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid? Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat is an essential guide to nutrition and weight management.
About the Author
Gary Taubes is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers, the only print journalist so recognized. He is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. He lives in Oakland.
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