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Why We Get Fat : Borzoi Books - Gary Taubes

Why We Get Fat

Borzoi Books

Hardcover Published: 28th December 2010
ISBN: 9780307272706
Number Of Pages: 257

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An eye-opening, paradigm-shattering examination of what makes us fat.
In the "New York Times" best seller "Good Calories, Bad Calories, "acclaimed science writer Gary Taubes argues that certain kinds of carbohydrates--not fats and not simply excess calories--have led to our current obesity epidemic. Now he brings that message to a wider, nonscientific audience in this exciting new book. Persuasively argued, straightforward, practical, and with fresh evidence for Taubes's claim, "Why We Get Fat "makes his critical argument newly accessible.
Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century--none more damaging than the "calories-in, calories-out" model of why we get fat--and the good science that has been ignored, especially regarding insulin's regulation of our fat tissue. He also answers key questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat or avoid?
Concluding with an easy-to-follow diet, "Why We Get Fat "is an invaluable key to understanding an international epidemic and a guide to improving our own health.


Interesting and informative.


This has increased my understanding on the topic a lot.



Why We Get Fat

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"Well-researched and thoughtful . . . Reconsidering how our diet affects our bodies, how we might modify it to be healthier, and being less harsh with those who struggle with their weight are all worthy goals. Taubes has done us a great service by bringing these issues to the table."
-Dennis Rosen, The Boston Globe

"Less dense and easier to read [than Good Calories, Bad Calories] but no less revelatory."
-Jeff Baker, The Oregonian

"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

"Gary 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."
-John Horgan, Scientific American

"Important . . . This excellent book, built on sound research and common sense, contains essential information."
-Larry Cox, Tucson Citizen

"This brave, paradigm-shifting man uses logic and the primary literature to unhinge the nutritional mantra of the last 80 years."

"Aggressive . . . An exhaustive investigation."
-Casey Schwartz, The Daily Beast

"Passionate and urgent . . . 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."
-Karen Bentley, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Clear and accessible . . . Taubes's conviction alone makes Why We Get Fat well worth considering."
-Lacey Galbraith, Bookpage

"An enlightening treatise that is meticulously researched yet approachable by all, this will captivate anyone interested in the science of diet and disease."
-Starred review, Library Journal

"This is the book you can give to people who want to understand the science of why you're finally losing weight . . . without being hungry and miserable doing it."
-Tom Naughton, FatHead

"Why We Get Fat is nothing short of tremendous . . . This is a seminal book . . . What if the calories-in/calories-out hypothesis is wrong? What if we've spent two generations and billions of dollars re-engineering our food system and altering our eating habits away from fat . . . and making ourselves fatter and unhealthier as a result? That's what Taubes convincingly argues with clear logic, specific evidence, and brilliant illustrations on every page."
-John Durant, Hunter-Gatherer

"Compelling . . . Gary Taubes has done it again . . . [Why We Get Fat] takes a hard look at the commonly held belief that the reason why we gain weight is because we consume more calories than we expend and turns it upside down . . . Packed with eye-opening information and elucidating studies."
-Diets in Review

"This is the book I knew was inside of Good Calories, Bad Calories . . . Why We Get Fat is the book to give to friends, doctors, congressmen, and anyone else who wants to understand the futility of our current nutritional advice . . . Clearly, obviously, succinctly, Taubes shows us how scientific theories that explained obesity as a hormonal rather than moral issue were abandoned during World War II for simplistic theories based on thermodynamics that work in physics, but make no sense when used to describe the behavior of complex biological systems."

Author's Notep. ix
Introduction: The Original Sinp. 3
Biology, Not Physics
Why Were They Fat?p. 15
The Elusive Benefits of Undereatingp. 33
The Elusive Benefits of Exercisep. 40
The Significance of Twenty Calories a Dayp. 57
Why Me? Why There? Why Then?p. 62
Thermodynamics for Dummies, Part 1p. 72
Thermodynamics for Dummies, Part 2p. 77
Head Casesp. 80
Adiposityp. 101
The Laws of Adiposityp. 89
A Historical Digression on "Lipophilia"p. 106
A Primer on the Regulation of Fatp. 112
Why I Get Fat and You Don't (or Vice Versa)p. 127
What We Can Dop. 134
Injustice Collectingp. 140
Why Diets Succeed and Failp. 144
A Historical Digression on the Fattening Carbohydratep. 148
Meat or Plants?p. 163
The Nature of a Healthy Dietp. 173
Following Throughp. 201
Appendixp. 219
Acknowledgmentsp. 227
Sourcesp. 229
Illustration Creditsp. 247
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780307272706
ISBN-10: 0307272702
Series: Borzoi Books
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 257
Published: 28th December 2010
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1