Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
What’s making us fat? And how can we change? Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, bestselling author Gary Taubes revisits these urgent questions.
Complete with an easy-to-follow diet. Featuring a new afterword with answers to frequently asked questions.
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Good Calories, Bad Calories is lengthy (nearly five hundred pages), dense with
science and historical context, and densely annotated, all of which I believe was
necessary to initiate a meaningful dialogue with the experts and assure that they
(or any reader) take nothing I say on trust alone. The book demands that the
reader devote considerable time and attention to following the evidence and the
arguments. For this reason, many who read it have asked me to write another
book, one ...
They eat so much-overeat—because they're growing. They need to take in more
calories than they expend. The reason children grow is that they're secreting
hormones that make them do so—in this case, growth hormone. And there is
every reason to believe that the growth of our fat tissue leading to overweight and
obesity is also driven and controlled by hormones. So, rather than define obesity
as a disorder of energy balance or eating too much, as the experts have for the
If we look in the literature—which the experts have not in this case—we can find
numerous populations that experienced levels of obesity similar to those in the
United States, Europe, and elsewhere today but with no prosperity and few, if any
, of the ingredients of Brownell's toxic environment: no cheeseburgers, soft drinks,
or cheese curls, no drive-in windows, computers, or televisions (sometimes not
even books, other than perhaps the Bible), and no overprotective mothers
If they were obviously physically active—the Pima women, the Chilean factory
workers, or the MexicanAmerican agricultural laborers and oil-field workers—
then it can be claimed that they ate too much. The same arguments can and will
be made for individual cases as well. If we're fat and we can prove that we eatin
moderation– we don't eat any more, say, than do our lean friends or siblings—
the experts will confidently assume that we must be physically inactive. If we're
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jepeters333 - LibraryThing
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 ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - skinglist - LibraryThing
I gave up. He has a complete inability to recognize that, while CI/CO isn't his tenet, it can lead to weight loss for some people. I forgot how militant he can get. He's digestible in blog post/article length but not in book form. Read full review
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