Author: Gary Taubes
Title: Why We Get Fat and What to do About It
Publication Date: 2011
Number of Pages: 257
Part of a Series: No
Category/genre: Nonfiction nutrition information
- Subject Heading(s):
- Food habits
- Insulin resistance
- Low carbohydrate diet
- Reducing diets
- Weight loss
Summary: The author has carefully researched the recent history of human medical advice concerning obesity. He pinpoints opinions that have shaped this advice and contrasts that with the appearance of obesity worldwide. Changing focus, the author offers a picture of the chemistry that takes place inside the cells when an individual consumes food and the consequences of that chemistry. He allows the result to suggest eating habits that might be changed to affect a reduction in fat.
Appeal: The book is written with the general population’s education in mind. It is easy to read and does not resort to scientific jargon or notation. It is straightforward and does not judge the reader or the researchers that are showcased.
Features: Includes an appendix with dietary changes suggested by the research.
Brief quote: “This advice and the shunning of low carbohydrate weight-loss diets might make sense if dietary fat did indeed cause heart disease, as we’ve been hearing now for fifty years. But there has always been copious evidence suggesting that this obsession with dietary fat is misdirected – another case of the health authorities fooling first themselves, and then the rest of us, because they thought they knew the truth about a subject in advance of actually doing any meaningful research.”
Prizes or Awards: None found
- The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet by Rachel and Richard Heller.
- Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution by Richard Atkins, M.D.
Reviewer’s Name: Nancy Rimassa
Form adapted from Saricks, Joyce G. and Nancy Brown. Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library 2nd. Chicago: ALA, 1997.