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Book review: Why We Get Fat, by Gary Taubes

This is effectively a digest of Taubes's exhaustive study of the causes of obesity, The Diet Delusion (published as Good Calories, Bad Calories in the USA). That book was long (600 pages) and included a lot of detailed physiology; this one is intended to be a practical resource for people who are thinking of putting the ideas into practice for themselves. Taubes is sure that they will benefit from doing this but he encourages his readers to think about the ideas he discusses to see if they seem sensible. He also warns them that anyone who adopts his ideas will be going counter to the received wisdom about what constitutes a healthy diet. Taubes hopes that patients will give it to their doctors with the aim of altering their opinion; I'm not sure how likely that is to happen. [more]


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