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Fat happens. It can happen to anyone. And once it happens, it's hell's own game to get rid of it again. But why are we all putting on weight? And what can we do about it?
"Obesity - how I hate that word - no matter how you say it, it sounds like an insult. It drags you down more heavily than gravity. It preys on your mind. It makes you feel worthless and stupid. Your brain tells you it's not such a problem. But when you look in the mirror, you register the pain. Because fat matters - in oh, so many ways."
So says Anne Diamond in her heartfelt and revealing insight into the world-wide weight epidemic. She feels passionate about the subject because she's been there and back. Following her own much publicised battle with weight, Anne underwent gastric surgery as a last resort. Her shocking experience will, she hopes, be a warning to others. Her journey has led her to meet some of the world's top experts on the front line of the Fat War, and she's discovered some alarming facts:
- Once you become obese, your body thinks that weight is 'normal' and fights all attempts to slim.
- There is a link between obesity and impotence.
- Thin people can be dangerously fat - but on the inside - so it doesn't show.
- Men are better at slimming than women, but they often have more of the most dangerous kind of fat.
- Scientist are working on a daily injection to finally beat fat and have already started 'human trials'.
Diamond includes the views of well-known personalities, leading politicians, global medical experts, and stories of many who have suffered victimisation simply because of their size.
Ground-breaking, candid and bravely written - this book challenges 'fattist' prejudice and will change attitudes to fat forever.
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Anne Diamond is set to become the Anita Roddick of the diet industry. She is campaigning for radical changes in the way food, diet and 'health' products are marketed and wants to raise awareness of the trails and pitfalls associated with the broad range of so-called weight-loss solutions. She will change forever the way that we view our bodies and lays bare the tyranny of market factors - both nationally and worldwide.
In Size she explains clearly the psychology of dieting, the traits of the addictive personality, and the need for a conscious change in the way we view body shape and body image in society. She provides clear, positive and proven practical steps that can be taken to prevent obesity and reclaim health for ourselves and our children - and provides a cal for action that will release us from the global obesity epidemic.
Introduction: Anne Diamond's personal journey and the journalist's perspective.
PART 1 IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT
1 Fat is a four-letter word (the psychology)
2 Fat happens - from the inside out (the physiology)
PART 2: OUR FAT FUTURE (The experts' dilemma)
3 Tough on fat, tough on the causes of fat (The global obesity epidemic)
4 Legacy of the fast food generation (the economic problem)
5 Our kids under threat - the dangers of obesity in children
Part 3: WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT (personal action)
6 What choices do you have?
7 How to win the fat war: successful ways to lose weight
PART 4: A CALL FOR ACTION (policy action)
8 Anne's conclusions
Table of Contents
Foreword by Desmond Morris.
1. Fat is a four-letter word.
2. Appearances can be deceptive.
Wake up, Whitehall!
3. Is there really an obesity epidemic?
Why the naked ape has become obese.
4. The fat difference between men and women.
Bill Clinton and childhood obesity.
5. Fat kids make fat adults.
Voices against child abusity.
6. The psychology of fat.
The way forward.
Bibliography and references.