Fat : Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

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Fat is the engaging story of the scientific quest to understand and control body weight. Covering the entire twentieth century, Robert Pool chronicles our evolving evolving understanding of obesity--from being a result of undisciplined behavior to subconscious conflicts, physiological disease, and environmental excess. Pool effectively reanimates the colorful characters, curious experiments, brilliant insights and wrong turns that led to contemporary scientific understanding of America's epidemic.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 28mm | 598.74g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0195118537
  • 9780195118537
  • 2,167,883

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"Robert Pool weaves a wonderful and balanced tale, linking the important 20th-century discoveries that led to the idea of the set point and our current understanding of the regulation of weight. Pool adds rich new details to the epidemiologic, psychological, and molecular discoveries behind one of the most interesting stories of modern biologic science. This book is a must for anyone interested in the history of science, public health, or the related epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus. This engaging book tells a fascinating story and asks how we, as an advanced society, can fight the obesity epidemic." --Steven B. Heymsfield, M.D., The New England Journal of Medicine

"In painstaking detail, Pool expalins the scientific and cultural forces behind a society that simultaneously encourages and stigmatizes obesity, and how conventional wisdom about weight became conventional wisdom."--Curtis Sittenfeld, The Washington Post
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About Robert Pool

Robert Pool is a freelance science writer who has worked on the staff of Science and Nature. He is also the author of Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology and Eve's Rib: Searching for the Biological Roots of Sex Differences. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
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