Obesity Myth Why America's Obsession with Weight Is Hazardous to Your Health

ISBN-10: 1592400663

ISBN-13: 9781592400669

Edition: 2004

Authors: Paul Campos

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Campos makes his case against the fat kills dogma with unimpeachable evidence. The Obesity Mythshould be required reading for every health professional in America. I believe any open-minded person who reads this book will conclude that weve been duped by a pack of self-serving lies. And we cannot get at the truth without first recognizing those lies. The Obesity Mythis a great place to start. Glenn A. Gaesser, Ph.D., professor and director, Kinesiology Program, University of Virginia Is your weight hazardous to your health? According to public-health authorities, 65 percent of us are overweight. Every day, we are bombarded with dire warnings about Americas obesity epidemic. Close to half of the adult population is dieting, obsessed with achieving an arbitrary ideal weight. Yet studies show that a moderately active larger person is likely to be far healthier (and to live longer) than someone who is thin but sedentary. And contrary to what the fifty-billion-dollar-per-year weight-loss industry would have us believe medical science has not yet come up with a way to make people thin. After years spent scrutinizing medical studies and interviewing leading doctors, scientists, eating- disorder specialists, and psychiatrists, Professor Paul Campos is here to lead the backlash against weight hysteriaand to show that we can safeguard our health without obsessing about the numbers on the scale. But The Obesity Mythis not just a compelling argument, grounded in the latest scientific research; its also a provocative, wry expos of the culture that feeds on our self-defeating war on fat. Campos will show: * How the nations most prestigious and trusted media sources consistently misinform the public about obesity * What the movie industrys love affair with the fat suit tells us about the relationship between racial- and body-based prejudice in America * How the skinny elitewith their supersized lifestyles and gas-guzzling SUVsproject their anxieties about overconsumption on the poorer and heavier underclass * How weight-loss mania fueled the impeachment of Bill Clinton In this paradigm-busting read, Professor Campos challenges the conventional wisdom regarding the medical, political, and cultural meaning of weight and brings a rational and compelling new voice to Americas increasingly irrational weight debate.
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 5/3/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Fat Science
Fat on Trial
The World Turned Upside Down
Fat Culture
Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles
Lost in the Supermarket
The King's Two Bodies
The Bimbo Culture
Weight Problems
All the News That's Print to Fit
The Endless Debut
Chronic Restrained Living
The Athlete Within
Why Do Americans Diet?
The Last 10 Pounds
Life During Wartime
Fat Politics
The Feeding of the President
Feminist Accused of Unsightly Weight Gain
Anorexia Nervosa and the Spirit of Capitalism
The Last American Diet
Body Mass Index Table
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