Rethinking Thin by Gina Kolata audiobook

Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss---And the Myths and Realities of Dieting

By Gina Kolata
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8.26 Hours Unabridged
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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 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 have 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.

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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 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 have 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Kolata may be the best writer around covering the science of health….This book will change your thinking about weight, whether you struggle with it or not. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“Kolata commands the intelligent curiosity, well-honed reporting techniques, and smooth prose style of a top science reporter.” Washington Post
“This book will change your thinking about weight, whether you struggle with it or not.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An incisive, thought-provoking examination of a subject that concerns us all. This book will educate and illuminate those seeking solid information about the struggle to lose weight.” Dr. Jerome E. Groopman, author of The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness and staff writer at The New Yorker

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Author

Author Bio: Gina Kolata

Author Bio: Gina Kolata

Gina Kolata is a senior writer who covers medicine for the New York Times. She is also the author of a number of books, including Ultimate Fitness and the national bestseller Flu.  She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 8.26
Audience: Adult
Language: English