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 learn better by listening than reading. This book provided a lot of evidence and information that I don't think I would have been patient enough to read. Having someone read it to me was perfect. And in audio form, it is useful to be able to replay some of the suggestions for breaking bad habits and creating good ones. Important information about how we are being manipulated by food companies was presented -- and good coaching was provided on how to fight back.
What I liked about this non-fiction work was that the case was convincingly made about how and why we eat addictive foods that are layered with sugar, fat and salt -- and then strategies were presented as to how to we can arm ourselves against those luring messages.
As a book of non-fiction, there was only a narrator.
This book made me think about how we as a society overindulge, how I succumb, and encouraged the reader to rethink our behaviors and initiate change to more healthful behaviors. It made me angry at companies for exploiting us -- and angry at myself and society for being such ignorant and willing victims.
The narration is great. The information is good. Too much time was focused on research findings and what this or that expert had to say to support the same handful of key points. These key points foscused on why we over eat. More time should have been spent on what to do about it.
The book begins with an intriguing premise and it can be summed up in his basic thoughts and so on fat and sugar and salt on Sat but after you hear that a few times you want him to say something else and he doesn't after about the first two hours you've earned the entire book and you do not need to listen to the rest
Very interesting look at how culture, society, and business shape our eating habits. Contained a lot of clinical study detail. That might get boring for some, but the author tried to keep it in layman's terms. I followed it all well. Not so much a book about "what you need to do" but more about "why we do what we do" and practical suggestions about how we can help to re-teach ourselves successful eating behaviors.
Say something about yourself!
I listened to the audio version while driving to and from work, and now use the print edition for reference, so I'm not sure that one is necessarily better than the other - they each serve a separate purpose for me.
I really appreciated all of the advice on how to change eating behavior. I think there were some useful tools presented, and that is definitely a section of the book that I will listen to again.
I looked forward to sitting in traffic so I could learn more, so yes, I would say that is true.
Don't listen to the book when you're hungry, especially in the chapters where he is describing restaurant food. I had to stop listening a few times when it was making me want sugar on fat on sugar on fat on salt on fat. Generally speaking though, the material was fascinating, and while some of it was obvious, I didn't realize that there was such a focused effort on manufacturing foods that would make me want more of them. I was a little naive about that - I actually thought most of the manufacturing and processing of foods was driven by cost (ingredients are cheaper) or improvements in technology. Or maybe it's really about ALL of that. At any rate, it was thought-provoking and has given me a better understanding of what ingredients may be doing for the flavor of food, and what they might be doing to my children and me.
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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