The Hundred Year Diet: America's Voracious Appetite for Losing Weight (Google eBook)

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Rodale, May 11, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 260 pages
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A lively cultural history of the American weight loss industry that explores the origins of our obsession with dieting
As a nation battling an obesity epidemic, we spend more than $35 billion annually on diets and diet regimens. Our weight is making us sick, unhappy, and bigger than ever, and we are willing to hand over our hard-earned money to fix the problem. But most people donít know that the diet industry started cashing in long before the advent of the Whopper.
The Hundred Year Diet is the story of Americaís preoccupation with diet, deprivation, and weight loss. From the groundbreaking measurement of the calorie to World War I voluntary rationing to the Atkins craze, Susan Yager traces our relationship with food, weight, culture, science, and religion. She reveals that long before America became a Fast Food Nation or even a Weight Loss Nation, it was an Ascetic Nation, valuing convenience over culinary delight.
Learn how one of the best-fed countries in the world developed some of the worst nutritional habits, and why the respect for food evident in other nations is lacking in America. Filled with food history, cultural trivia, and unforgettable personalities, The Hundred Year Diet sheds new light on an overlooked piece of our weight loss puzzle: its origins.
  

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User Review  - Athenable - LibraryThing

Informative without being boring. I'm learning everything I ever wanted to know about why we eat the way we do. Great book. I won my copy through First Reads and will definitely recommend it to friends. Read full review

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User Review  - Kitten Kisser - Goodreads

I'm not exactly sure what it was I expected of this book. It was not at all what I thought it would be & that is just fine with me! All I can say is it was a real eye opener. I had no idea that ... Read full review

Contents

Sex Indigestion and Weight Loss
3
America Whats Your Weight?
18
YOURE PERFECT NOW DIET
37
Prohibition Depression and Banana Cream Pie
39
Death by Dinitrophenol
48
WeightLoss Moratorium
52
Who Needs Carbs?
60
HOW TO START AN EPIDEMIC
69
The Thinking Mans Diet
129
America We Have a Situation
135
THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF OBESITY
145
How Much Should I Weigh Again?
147
Diets Are Like Streetcars
151
How Much Should I Exercise Again?
160
FatFree Fat
169
The Mysterious Case of the Diet Doctor
197

A Plague Is Born
71
How Do I Lose Weight Fast?
88
Pure White and Deadly
100
Dieting by the Book
107
Eat Fat Get Thin
113
Dont Start the Revolution without Atkins
123
The 7 Percent Solution
208
THE OBESITY TRIANGLE
220
ENDNOTES
227
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
254
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About the author (2010)

Susan Yager is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and has written for a variety of publications on the topics of food and sexual health. She lives in New York City and the East End of Long Island with her husband and two cats.

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