Dr. David Kessler, the dynamic former FDA commissioner who reinvented the food label and tackled the tobacco industry, now reveals how the food industry has hijacked the brains of millions of Americans. The result? America's number-one public health issue.
Dr. Kessler cracks the code of overeating by explaining how our bodies and minds are changed when we consume foods that contain sugar, fat, and salt. Food manufacturers create products by manipulating these ingredients to stimulate our appetites, setting in motion a cycle of desire and consumption that ends with a nation of overeaters. The End of Overeating explains for the first time why it is exceptionally difficult to resist certain foods and why it's so easy to overindulge. Dr. Kessler met with top scientists, physicians, and food industry insiders.
The End of Overeatinguncovers the shocking facts about how we lost control over our eating habits - and how we can get it back. Dr. Kessler presents groundbreaking research, along with what is sure to be a controversial view inside the industry that continues to feed a nation of overeaters - from popular brand manufacturers to advertisers, chain restaurants, and fast-food franchises. For the millions of people struggling with weight as well as for those of us who simply don't understand why we can't seem to stop eating our favorite foods, Dr. Kessler's cutting-edge investigation offers new insights and helpful tools to help us find a solution. There has never been a more thorough, compelling, or in-depth analysis of why we eat the way we do.
©2009 David A. Kessler, M.D.; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
I've read many similar books including mindless eating, good calories bad calories, in defense of food, jungle effect, fat chance, and rethinking thin. I put this book at the bottom for usefulness and also at the bottom for insight. I think most obese and formerly obese people already suspected that fat, sugar, and salt taste good. This book spends a lot of time demonizing the food industry for creating delicious food. Similar yet much better book is Mindless Eating. That book looks into how habits, not just the taste of food, lead to overeating. It gives suggestions such as the size of your plate mattering, keeping the candies 6 feet away from your desk vs next to it, waiting 20 minutes between refills, and using taller glasses rather than wide short ones. The studies for these recommendations are entertaining, clever, and scientifically sound. I've lost 20 percent of my body weight following many of the principles of Mindless Eating and now have the same BMI as Bob Harper (biggest loser trainer), and kept it for almost two years now. I was formerly obese for 15 years. I still eat fat and salt, but not much sugar. I have my life again, and have become the health guru at work. Good luck to all dieters.
The author really could do a lot to make it more relevant to everyone. Instead of putting application at the end, he should have a bit of it at the end of each chapter.
Thought it would be a boring repeat of Omnivores Dilemma, but there is even more to our food industry that we must face. This is much better documented by a very knowledgeable scientist. (I'm glad the FDA just took a stand on regular antibiotics in feedlots, but the compromise taken is expected to initially raise antibiotic use based on European experience.)
Due to the title of this book, my expectation was that I would get a better solution to the problem than what was offered in this book. I gave it two stars rather than one because a small portion of the book had some interesting info. But, if you are looking for a difinitive solution, look elsewhere!!
This book is worth the read, or listen as the case may be. The information is enlightening and makes sense once you hear it. The challenge is to make the appropriate changes once you have the information. Five stars is probably over rating this, but just slightly. I want people to know it is worthwhile.
....but I have to admit, helpful if you like a cerebral/technical reason for your food habits. For me, intellectual explanations behind why I do things helps me to make changes. The author explains that "conditioned hyper-eating" and "highly palatable foods" are the foundation for our collective current obesity problems, and along about chapter 40, gives suggestions to modify behavior to regain self-control in the face of foods that are designed to be the object of obsession. Worth reading if you struggle to lose weight and are seduced into over-eating certain favorite foods.
Excellent Research. Gets to the bottom of why we are getting fat. Deserves 5 starts. It is not however, a quick weight loss plan. The book gives you a new way to start thinking about food. On this new path the weight loss will come.
If you want a reason to stop eating at chain restaurants, this is it! Well written, well read book about all the things restaurants do to make us eat more and come back. Whether you like it or not, it will change the way you view food.
This may be informative if this is your first read into the topics of nutrition, obesity, and dietary habits. That being said I can save you hours of listening/reading right here: sugar, fat, and salt make you fat; food scientists work to manipulate those three to make food addictive; some "healthy" foods aren't healthy (like spinach dip); those that can't deal with the cravings have a psychological disorder.
He could've had Gary Taubes, Michael Pollan, William Davis, Mark Sisson, and/or Loren Cordain ghost write for him (in other words, check out those authors instead)
Good narration if you're into that sort of thing.
Disappointment. I've read much on the topics of diet and nutrition and this was lacking, though I admire the author's ability to fill so many pages with fluff and not real information (e.g. there's no need to go into page after page of detail on the fact that Chili's restaurant menu is not actually healthy - anyone that doesn't know nachos are bad for you won't be reading this book anyway)
I didn't finish the last hour of the book because it was a pretty big waste of time up to that point so maybe there's an answer or method to help at the end. That may increase my star rating by 1/2 or so but I'll likely never know.
Very fascinating stuff. I enjoyed listening to the Science behind making food at restaurants and convenience items (pre-made at stores) more appealing by layering on additional fat, salt, and sugar, their form of the Trinity, I guess. You're better off eating Grandma's cookie recipe than Sally Field's. Make your stuff at home and save yourself some moolah and pant sizes.
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