The Hungry Gene: The Inside Story of the Obesity Industry

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Grove Press, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 294 pages
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In a rare blend of erudition and entertainment, acclaimed science journalist Ellen Ruppel Shell reveals the secret history and subtle politics behind the explosion of obesity. Shell traces the epidemic's inception in the Ice Age, its rise during the Industrial Revolution, and its growth through the early days of medicine and into modernity. She takes readers to the front lines of the struggle to come to grips with this baffling plague from a children's food marketing convention, to the cutthroat race to find the obese gene, to a far-flung tropical island, where a horrifying outbreak of obesity has helped unravel the disorder's genetic and evolutionary roots. Offering an unflinching insider's look into the radical and controversial surgical and pharmacological approaches used to combat what drug makers have dubbed the trillion-dollar disease, Shell takes aim at the collusion of industry and government that lies behind the crises and shows conclusively that obesity is not a matter of gluttony or weak will, but of an increasingly greedy culture preying on vulnerable human biology. Gripping and provocative, The Hungry Gene is the unsettling saga of how the world got fat and what we can do about it.

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Review: The Hungry Gene: The Inside Story of the Obesity Industry

User Review  - Elliedakota - Goodreads

I earned a Masters in Physiology in the 1990s and I remember the optimism surrounding leptin. I found the details presented in the book to be fascinating. So much is yet to be discovered, but this is ... Read full review

Review: The Hungry Gene: The Inside Story of the Obesity Industry

User Review  - Dominick Lemas - Goodreads

I loved this book- in large part because if was extremely well written and covered a diverse number of topics related to obesity research. Science journalist Ellen R. Shell has brought to life the ... Read full review

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ELLEN RUPPEL SHELL is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and writes for Discover, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and other publications. She is associate professor and codirector of the Program in Science Journalism at Boston University.

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