Most of us think that longevity hinges on maintaining a normal Body Mass Index. But research conducted over the last decade hit the media in January with explosive news: Overweight and even moderately obese people with certain chronic diseases — from heart disease to cancer — often live longer and fare better than normal weight individuals with the same ailments.
In this groundbreaking book, Carl Lavie, MD, reveals the science behind the obesity paradox and shows us how to achieve maximum health rather than minimum weight. Lavie not only explains how extra fat provides additional fuel to help fight illness, he also argues that we've gotten so used to framing health issues in terms of obesity that we overlook other potential causes of disease. Picking up where the bestseller *Fat Chance* left off, The Obesity Paradox will change the conversation about fat—and what it means to be healthy.
About the Author
Dr. Lavie graduated from Louisiana State University Medical School in 1983 where he received the Cardiology and Physiology Awards at graduation and completed internal medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Institutions. He then completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, where he joined the faculty in 1989. Dr.Lavie is currently Professor of Medicine and Medical Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology; Director, Exercise Testing Laboratory; and Staff Cardiologist, Echocardiographic Laboratory at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans, Ochsner Clinical School-The University of Queensland School of Medicine and he has previously served for 10 years as Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Training program.
"Everyone who struggles with weight should read this important book. Dr. Lavie presents the science to support the truth that being overweight and even moderately obese may correlate with better long-term health and greater longevity--if you stay fit by making good food choices and maintain sensible physical activity. "The Obesity Paradox "is a story that has not been told in such a clear, evidence-based way. It challenges conventional wisdom and is exciting to read."--Andrew Weil, MD, author of "8 Weeks to Optimum Health" and "Spontaneous Happiness" "Dr. Lavie brings clarity to compelling cutting-edge science, fully validating the desperately important role of modifiable lifestyle choices in rewriting your health destiny. "The Obesity Paradox" offers up yet another challenge to some of our most long-held but unfounded beliefs in the health arena, especially when it comes to body fat. And he reinforces an often overlooked ingredient to living a good long life despite weight: the value of fitness. "The Obesity Paradox" is a must read."--David Perlmutter, MD, author of "Grain Brain" "In a society preoccupied with thinness, objectivity about how our weight relates to our health is often lost, and subtleties overlooked. In "The Obesity Paradox", Dr. Carl Lavie masterfully explores the relationship between body weight and health, giving us a balanced and uniquely illuminating perspective. If you want the whole truth and real understanding, lay down your preconceptions, and pick up "The Obesity Paradox"."--David Katz, MD, author of "Disease-Proof" ""The Obesity Paradox" is an important contribution to our understanding of one of the most interesting and unusual observations in medicine today. This book is highly recommended reading. "--Joe Alpert, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the "American Journal of Medicine"
Published: 26th March 2014
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 23.4