Why We Get Fat: and What to Do About it

Why We Get Fat: and What to Do About it

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By (author) Gary Taubes

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  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 200mm x 26mm | 280g
  • Publication date: 2 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307474259
  • ISBN 13: 9780307474254
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 20 PHOTOS AND LINE DRAWINGS
  • Sales rank: 2,841

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Building upon his critical work in "Good Calories, Bad Calories" and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Gary Taubes revisits the urgent question of what's making us fat--and how we can change. He 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. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid? Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, "Why We Get Fat" is an essential guide to nutrition and weight management.

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Gary Taubes is a contributing correspondent for "Science" magazine. His writing has appeared in "The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, "and "The Best of the Best American Science Writing "(2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers, the only print journalist so recognized. He is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. He lives in Oakland.

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"Taubes stands the received wisdom about diet and exercise on its head." --"The New York Times" "Well-researched and thoughtful. . . . Taubes has done us a great service by bringing these issues to the table." --"The Boston Globe" "Compelling and convincing. . . . Taubes breaks it down for us from historical and, more importantly, scientific perspectives." --"Philadelphia Daily News" "Taubes's critique is so pointed and vociferous that reading him will change the way you look at calories, the food pyramid, and your daily diet." --"Men's Journal" "Taubes is a science journalist's science journalist, who researches topics to the point of obsession--actually, well beyond that point--and never dumbs things down for readers." --"Scientific American" "Important. . . . This excellent book, built on sound research and common sense, contains essential information." --"Tucson Citizen" "This brave, paradigm-shifting man uses logic and the primary literature to unhinge the nutritional mantra of the last eighty years." --"Choice" "Less dense and easier to read [than" Good Calories, Bad Calories"] but no less revelatory." --"The Oregonian" "An exhaustive investigation." --"The Daily Beast" "Backed by a persuasive amount of detail. . . . As an award-winning scientific journalist who spent the past decade rigorously tracking down and assimilating obesity research, he's uniquely qualified to understand and present the big picture of scientific opinions and results. Despite legions of researchers and billions of government dollars expended, Taubes is the one to painstakingly compile this information, assimilate it, and make it available to the public. . . . Taubes does the important and extraordinary work of pulling it all together for us." --"Seattle Post-Intelligencer" "Clear and accessible . . . Taubes's conviction alone makes" Why We Get Fat "well worth considering." -