Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss--And the Myths and Realities of Dieting
In this eye-opening book, New York Times science writer Gina Kolata shows that our society’s obsession with dieting and weight loss is less about keeping trim and staying healthy than about money, power, trends, and impossible ideals.Rethinking Thin is at once an account of the place of diets in... show more
In this eye-opening book, New York Times science writer Gina Kolata shows that our society’s obsession with dieting and weight loss is less about keeping trim and staying healthy than about money, power, trends, and impossible ideals.Rethinking Thin is at once an account of the place of diets in American society and a provocative critique of the weight-loss industry. Kolata’s account of four determined dieters’ progress through a study comparing the Atkins diet to a conventional low-calorie one becomes a broad tale of science and society, of social mores and social sanctions, and of politics and power.Rethinking Thin asks whether words like willpower are really applicable when it comes to eating and body weight. It dramatizes what it feels like to spend a lifetime struggling with one’s weight and fantasizing about finally, at long last, getting thin. It tells the little-known story of the science of obesity and the history of diets and dieting—scientific and social phenomena that made some people rich and thin and left others fat and miserable. And it offers commonsense answers to questions about weight, eating habits, and obesity—giving us a better understanding of the weight that is right for our bodies.
Publish date: May 1st 2007
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, Food And Drink
, Self Help
, Fat Studies
, Fat Acceptance
This was an interesting and informative book on the science behind weight and weight loss, with the premise being that weight is determined mainly by genetics, so overweight and obese people may never be able to slim down. Not a very positive outlook for some, but it makes sense to me, since there i...
A little dry but with great chapters about dieting and the diet industry--and the assumptions we make about obesity and laziness/weakness. (Hint: there's no correlation that fat people have less self-control.)
Kolata tells two stories in parallel, alternating. One follows a group of people dedicated to losing weight through diet and exercise, using the best available techniques. The other traces the history of weight research. Basically, weight is almost impossible to change in adults, through diet-and...