By Harriet Brown
Over the previous twenty-five years, our quest for thinness has morphed right into a relentless obsession with weight and physique photo. In our tradition, "fat" has develop into a four-letter observe. Or, as Lance Armstrong acknowledged to the spouse of a former teammate, "I referred to as you loopy. I referred to as you a complain. yet I by no means known as you fat." How did we get to this position the place the worst insult you could hurl at an individual is "fat"? the place girls and women (and more and more males and boys) will vitamin, purge, overeat, undereat, and berate themselves and others, all within the identify of being thin?
As a technology journalist, Harriet Brown has explored this collective longing and fixation from an aim viewpoint; as a mom, spouse, and lady with "weight issues," she has struggled to appreciate it on a private point. Now, in Body of Truth, Brown systematically unpacks what's been provided as "truth" approximately weight and health.
Starting with the 4 largest lies, Brown indicates how study has been manipulated; how the clinical occupation is complicit in holding us in the dead of night; how gigantic pharma and massive, empty provides equivalent huge, colossal cash; how a lot of what we all know (or imagine we all know) approximately healthiness and weight is incorrect. and the way all of these impact we all on a daily basis, even if we all know it or not.
The quest for wellbeing and fitness and wellbeing hasn't ever been extra pressing, but so much folks proceed to shop for into fad diets and impossible physique beliefs, ignorant of the wear and tear we're doing to ourselves. via interviews, study, and her personal event, Brown not just offers us the true tale on weight, future health, and sweetness, but additionally bargains concrete feedback for the way every one folks can style in the course of the lies and misconceptions and make peace with and for ourselves.
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Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight—And What We Can Do about It by Harriet Brown