Why Calories Count From Science to Politics

ISBN-10: 0520280059
ISBN-13: 9780520280052
Edition: 2013
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Calories--too few or too many--are the source of health problems affecting billions of people in today's globalized world. Although calories are essential to human health and survival, they cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. They are also hard to understand. In Why Calories Count, Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim explain in clear and accessible language what calories are and how they work, both biologically and politically. As they take readers through the issues that are fundamental to our understanding of diet and food, weight gain, loss, and obesity, Nestle and Nesheim sort through a great deal of the misinformation put forth by food manufacturers and diet program promoters. They elucidate the political stakes and show how federal and corporate policies have come together to create an "eat more" environment. Finally, having armed readers with the necessary information to interpret food labels, evaluate diet claims, and understand evidence as presented in popular media, the authors offer some candid advice: Get organized. Eat less. Eat better. Move more. Get political.

Marion Nestleis Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University. She is the author ofWhat to Eatand, from UC Press,Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health; Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety; andPet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine. Malden Nesheim is Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. He is coauthor (with Marion Nestle) ofFeed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Catand (with Ann L. Yaktine) of the Institute of Medicine reportSeafood Choices: Balancing Benefits and Risks.

Introduction
Understanding Calories: It All Starts with the Science
What Is a Calorie?
The History: From Ancient Greece to Modern Calorie Science
Foods: How Scientists Count the Calories
Bodies: How Scientists Measure the Use of Calories
Why You Need Calories: Survival, Warmth, and Work
Metabolism: How the Body Turns Food into Energy
The First Use of Calories: Basic Life Functions
The Second Use: Heat Losses while Metabolizing Food
The Third Use: Physical Activity
Calorie Intake and Its Regulation
How Many Calories Do You Need?
Calorie Confusion: The Struggle to Estimate Intake
Secret Calories: Alcohol
Calorie Regulation: The Body's Complex Weight Management System
Too Few Calories
Starvation and Its Effects on the Body
Individuals, Communities, Nations: Calories and Global Hunger
Could Restricting Calories Prolong Human Life?
Too Many Calories
An Introduction to Obesity
Calories and Weight Gain: Another Complex Relationship
Do Excess Calories Make Some People Gain Weight Faster than Others?
Are All Calories Created Equal?
Do Some Kinds of Diets Work Better than Others?
The Politics of Calories: A Closer Look
Today's "Eat More" Environment: The Role of the Food Industry
More Calorie Confusion: Portion Distortion, Health Halos, and Wishful Thinking
Calorie Labeling: Science and Politics
Alcohol Labels: Industry vs. Consumers
Will Calorie Labels Help Fight Obesity?
Conclusion: How to Cope with the Calorie Environment
Selected Events in the History of Calories 1614-1919
The Respiratory Quotient (RQ)
Frequently Asked Questions
Notes
List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Index

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