- Publisher: Hudson Street Press (an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc)
- Format: Hardback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 30mm | 454g
- Publication date: 27 December 2012
- ISBN 10: 159463100X
- ISBN 13: 9781594631009
- Edition: 1
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Sales rank: 82,104
"New York Times "Bestseller Robert Lustig's 90-minute YouTube video "Sugar: The Bitter Truth," has been viewed more than three million times. Now, in this much anticipated book, he documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years. In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control. To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. Compelling, controversial, and completely based in science, "Fat Chance "debunks the widely held notion to prove "a calorie is NOT a calorie," and takes that science to its logical conclusion to improve health worldwide.
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Robert H. Lustig, M.D has spent the past sixteen years treating childhood obesity and studying the effects of sugar on the central nervous system and metabolism. He is the Director of the UCSF Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program and also a member of the Obesity Task Force of the Endocrine Society.
"Our eating habits are killing us. In this timely and important book, Dr. Robert Lustig presents the scientific evidence for the toxicity of sugar and the disastrous effects of modern industrial food on the hormones that control hunger, satiety, and weight. He gives recommendations for a personal solution to the problem we face and also suggests a public policy solution. "Fat Chance" is the best book I've read on the relationship between diet and health and the clearest explanation of epidemic obesity in our society." --Andrew Weil, M.D., author of "Spontaneous Happiness"