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The Obesity Myth


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Professor Campos provides a provocative view on the public-health issue of obesity. He deftly pinpoints weaknesses in existing data and the interpretation of this information, and places the focus where it should beaeating a healthful diet and being physically active. If more people followed this advice, the publicas health would be well served. (Steven N. Blair, president & CEO, Cooper Institute) At last. The truth is out! This is an honest, intelligent, and provocative exposA(c) of a culturally biased public-health message. As an obesity researcher and a professor who trains health-care professionals, I am happy to have finally found a weight-related book I can fully recommend in good conscience! (Linda Bacon, Ph.D., Department of Nutrition, University of California-Davis) This is one helluva challenge to the cherished afacts.a Obesity doesnat kill you. Itas not the cause of an epidemic. Itas not even a disease. Read it and weep for the profits made by the diet and pharmaceutical industries and for the emotional anguish that affects so many people. And then campaign to stop the madness.a (Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and author of "Fat Is a Feminist Issue" and "Hunger Strike") In "The Obesity Myth," Paul Campos has brilliantly connected America's current fixation on athe obesity epidemica with its historical obsession regarding race. The author masterfully exposes how deceptively flawed scientific studies are often another way of creating scapegoats and masking racial prejudice. (Price M. Cobbs, M.D., coauthor of "Black Rage" and "Cracking the Corporate Code") An essential book for understanding Americaas eating-disordered culture. Paul Campos shows how anorexia and obesity are twosides of the same obsession and how the diet industry has gotten fat by exploiting our weight phobias. (Laura Fraser, author of "Losing It: Americaas Obsession with Weight and the Industry That Feeds on It") With great skill and penetrating insight Campos details how fat prejudice underlies and interconnects with some of the most troublesome issues of our time, including poverty; rampant materialism; and ethnic, racial and class oppression.a] Junk scientists, health hucksters, and fat-phobic bigots beware, the day of reckoning is at hand! (Jon Robison, Ph.D., M.S., assistant professor, Michigan State University, and coeditor, "Health at Every Size")

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