Fat Chance by Dr. Robert Lustig

Fat Chance

By Dr. Robert Lustig

  • Release Date: 2012-12-29
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
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Description

Sugar is addictive, toxic and everywhere. Find out how your sweet tooth might be nibbling you to death in this straight-talking exposé.

‘Fat Chance’, documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of metabolic syndrome – which results in conditions like obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Dr Robert Lustig exposes how changes in the food industry and in our wider environment have affected our collective metabolisms and our waistlines, and he shows how industry and political forces, motivated by greed, don’t want things to change.

To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger and reward and suggests societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. Discover how every calorie is different and that cutting out sugar is not just about making us thin – it’s about making us healthier, happier and smarter.

Reviews

A top ten New York Times bestseller

‘This important book could finally push you to shed those extra pounds, if not save your life’ Evening Standard

‘A fascinating new book’ Daily Mail

‘Fascinating and topical.’ Daily Express

‘His lucid and well-informed analysis should help inform the debate on this ever-expanding problem.’ Sunday Times

‘Lustig explains the biochemistry of metabolism, and the vicious cycle of obesity, with patient clarity’ Guardian

‘Lustig offers way that we can help ourselves and improve our health … but his chief aim is a new regulatory climate’ Telegraph

‘Crammed full of hard-hitting insights that may shock the reader into immediate dieter change (and it did me)’ Barbara J King, TLS

‘The best book I’ve read on the relationship between diet and health.’ Dr Andrew Weil

‘Lustig has all the shocking facts at his finger tips, but he also has strategies to help us wean ourselves off the white stuff … the book to get your new year off to a virtuous start’ The Guardian, ‘Food Books of the Year’

About the author

Dr Robert Lustig has spent the past sixteen years treating childhood obesity and studying the effects of sugar on the central nervous system and metabolism. He is the Director of the UCSF Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program and also a member of the Obesity Task Force of the Endocrine Society.

Reviews

  • This will change your mind about sugar

    5
    By apeddle
    A really interesting and well written book. Try and read pure white and deadly by John yudkin before reading this book. Both books clearly implicate sugar as a toxin.
  • Miss

    5
    By Bingoschlef
    Full of interesting facts. I feel armed with all the knowledge I need to be successful in my quest to avoid getting metabolic syndrome. ..very helpful and educational for someone who wants to know the ins and outs of what they're eating: particularly a chocoholic! Thank you mr Lustig!!!
  • Not particularly revelatory

    1
    By DBoz
    Boo! Sugar is the bad guy. Get over it. Lustig takes forever to get round to the points, and each as preeminently obvious as the next: corn syrup is cheap to make and there is a large corn industry and the industry has a strong economic and political influence in the US. As such it is used in many of the foods people eat in the US. Sugar is addictive and makes you fat. Avoid sugar and eat sensibly and you should grow up fine. Now you don't have to waste your time reading this book. Probably worst of all is Lustig's apparent political agenda, which is patently obvious. Barometric healthcare is not funded by many US health insurance policies so his work is particularly lucrative. Lustig tries to put this front and centre and explain that it's not really the problem of people stuffing their fat faces, but really sugar making them do so and that it makes them victims. While I understand that food is addictive removing the element of control (i.e. will power) from the equation does not empower those that most need it (presumably because stomach stapling, stomach balloons, liposuction and other surgeries are more lucrative than diet and exercise tips). You may learn something new from this book, but there is certainly better written and more honest.
  • Oleo Strut

    4
    By Oleo Strut
    Tasty yet terrifying! I should like to read this book, but am concerned that I will not like what I read. A very tempting and thought-provoking sample. Worrying!

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