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Fat Chance Audiobook

Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

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Publisher's Summary

Robert Lustig’s 90-minute YouTube video Sugar: The Bitter Truth has been viewed more than two million times. Now, in this much anticipated book, he documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.

In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.

To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. Compelling, controversial, and completely based in science, Fat Chance debunks the widely held notion to prove "a calorie is NOT a calorie", and takes that science to its logical conclusion to improve health worldwide.

©2012 Robert H. Lustig (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 04-06-13
    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of 40,000 Books, Same Subject"

    I picked this one up because the author popped up on NBC News one morning. I'm not sorry, but not thrilled either. There are a zillion of these what's wrong with America nutrition books, they all pretty much say the same thing in different formats. I did learn some things from Lustig, but I could have learned it from most of the other books as well. As for the politics and government activities thereof, must less of the industry involved, just say no. Trying to change either of those is a waste of opinion and print.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pete WEATHERFORD, TX, United States 02-07-13
    Pete WEATHERFORD, TX, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2013

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    "3/4 science, 1/4 opinion."

    The science in the first 3/4 of the book is great. It backed up by personal experience and case study. If you hate science or get bored easy OR will never give up drinking yourself fat, skip this book. The book was great until I started to hear the opinion of this author.

    He says 2 things in this book that really make me scratch my head.

    1. expects the same government that created part of this problem to do an about face and fix it all and...

    2. He gives the medical profession itself a free pass.

    If doctors would learn something about nutrition and stop telling patience, "eat less and get more exercise" it would go a long way to fixing the problem. Hey DOC... I'm fat... If it was as easy as eat less and get more exercise, I would have.

    I also fail to see how the federal government could help fix the issue. He talks about sugar being so addictive that the free markets don't apply to it. I say BULL... If the public knew how bad some of this stuff was for you they would demand a change.

    If you are reading this book to lose weight, I would highly recommend that you also read "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes. It will change the way you look at food, but it leaves the opinion out.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Daoust 05-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Informative and empowering"

    The science is very well explained in the first part of the book. The personal choice and policy implications are later explained. Dr Lustig lists what can be done on all fronts in a succinct step by step process.
    Overall, the problem and how to deal with it are well laid out.

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    Amazon Customer 04-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "An absolute must read for medical professionals"

    For any physician who has daily patient interaction, from the surgeon to the family practitioner, this novel will enhance your ability to communicate the importance of self management of obesegenic risk and steps necessary to improve not only your patient's lives but those with whom they interact in their communities.

    -Dr. Ryan M. Greene, DO, MS

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    Yams 04-19-17
    Yams 04-19-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A good read"

    This book has changed my life. I was gaining weight uncontrollably and now I feel like I finally have gained control over my diet and life . I recommend this book to all my loved ones .

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    Jerri 04-02-17
    Jerri 04-02-17
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    "makes you think"

    very informative. makes you angry and also makes you feel defeated. wish he would have given us ideas on what to do rather than just saying... "necessary but not enough" . kinda makes you want to crawl in a hole and eat cupcakes

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    Steve Moxey 03-10-17
    Steve Moxey 03-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not far enough..."

    Overly focused on processed foods in general as culprit rather than sugars and carbs. He also inferred that low carb diets may cause heart disease without citing evidence. Admittedly it might have been footnoted in the text versions. Lustig seems to end up saying "everything in moderation" more or less, so in this regard this book is pedestrian and inferior to the works of Gary Taubes, in my opinion. I did enjoy the anecdotes about treating childhood obesity. He lost me, though, when he shifted to politics.

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    Keithshapiro 02-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "This book saved my life!"

    The title of this review says it all! The truth of food is in these pages listen to the book once, then listen to the book again, then listen to it with someone you care about.

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    Shirley Berger 02-17-17
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    "Heavy on science, as compelling as The China Study"

    The science is a bit hard to get through, but it's good science and well presented. I've been reading every nutrition book I can get my hands on in the past several years to try and understand what is actually good nutrition despite all the conflicting and confusing information out there. This book is in my top 2 with The China Study out of dozens. The author gives good sound advice on how to navigate the treacherous food landscape we all live in to eat and drink our way to better health.

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    cuban_merch87 01-16-17
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    "This book is incredible!"

    The first part of being healthier is understanding the chemistry of the body and the effects that different foods have on our bodies. This book has been part of a lifestyle change that has resulted in feeling healthier - a byproduct of this has also been weight loss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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