The Hungry Years

The Hungry Years : Confessions of a Food Addict

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'Hunger is the loudest voice in my head. I'm hungry most of the time.' On a January morning in 2003, William Leith woke up to the fattest day of his life. That same day he left London for New York to interview controversial diet guru Dr Robert Atkins. But what started out as a routine journalistic assignment set Leith on an intensely personal and illuminating journey into the mysteries of hunger and addiction. In his twenties, Leith's weight had risen steadily. In his early thirties, he was slim again, but then, predictably, his weight began to creep up - and up, and up. At his worst he was driven to the kitchen, manically consuming slice after slice of buttered toast, lusting after fries, bacon sandwiches and peanut butter, wracked by a need that was emotional as well as physical. Fat has been called a feminist issue. But in this unflinching investigation into the bodily consequences and psychological pain of being overweight, Leith reveals how it affects us all. Our fat society, he tells us, is a lot like him: always hiding from the truth about itself. "The Hungry Years" charts fascinating new territory for everyone who has ever had a craving or counted a calorie. It is a story of food, fat, and addiction that is both funny and more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 26mm | 358.34g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 074757250X
  • 9780747572503

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"'I thought: if I can understand the despair, my own and everybody else's I could write the story - of why we hate fat, of why we are fat, of why, in some perverse way, we want to be fat. And, importantly, what we can do to stop being so fat. Obesity is the essential human problem in a nutshell - we try to make life easy, by giving ourselves access to resources, and then we make life difficult by over-consuming those resources. We have more of everything than we've ever had, and yet we feel emptier. Nothing is enough for us. We are an obese race.' The Hungry Years is the result of his investigations."show more

About William Leith

William Leith is a journalist who has written about subjects as diverse as cosmetic surgery, Palestine, Hollywood directors, and drugs. He writes regularly for the Guardian, the Observer, and the Daily more

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