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Fat: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

by Pool, Robert A

  • ISBN: 9780195118537
  • ISBN10: 0195118537

Fat: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

by Pool, Robert A

  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publish date: 02/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780195118537
  • ISBN10: 0195118537
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Description: When the leptin gene was discovered in 1994, news articles predicted that there might soon be an easy, pharmaceutical solution to the growing public health crisis of obesity. Yet this scientific breakthrough merely proved how difficult the fight against fat really is. Despite the many appetite-suppressants, diet pills, and weight-loss programs available today, approximately 30 percent of Americans are obese. And that number is expanding rapidly.

Fat is the engaging story of the scientific quest to understand and control body weight. Covering the entire twentieth century, Robert Pool chronicles the evolving blame-game for fat -- from being a result of undisciplined behavior to subconscious conflicts, physiological disease, and environmental excess. Readers in today's weight-conscious society will be surprised to learn that being overweight was actually encouraged by doctors and popular health magazines up until the 193Os. Henceforth began decades of research that subsequently explained appetite, metabolism, and the development of fat cells. Pool effectively reanimates the colorful characters, curious experiments, brilliant insights and wrong turns that led to contemporary scientific understanding of America's epidemic. While he acknowledges the advances in the pharmacological fight against flab, he underscores that the real problem is not losing the weight but keeping it off. Drugs offer a quick fix, but American society must remedy the unhealthy daily environments of its cities and towns. And those who have struggled with their weight and have experienced the "yo-yo" cycle of dieting must understand the underlying science of body weight that makes their struggle more than a questionof willpower.

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