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115 Reasons Why It's Not Your Fault If You're Fat [Kindle Edition]

Robert S. Wieder
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In this book subtitled "Justifications, Rationalizations, Excuses, and Extenuating Circumstances for the Not Exactly Thin," health writer Robert S. Wieder takes a tour of all the reasons why Americans are increasingly obese, as put forward by various medical experts. A day hardly goes by without some researcher announcing a new reason why Americans are obese and getting more obese. Some of the reasons are obvious, and you wonder whether your taxes funded such nonsense. Some of the reasons are surprising but plausible. Some are scary, some are funny. Author Wieder has scoured the media to collect 115 reasons (or excuses) why we are fat, and he presents them for your consideration. This is not a diet book, but learning about the environmental and behavioral causes of obesity will inform your choice of a diet or fitness program. Wieder, who in his younger days put time in as a standup comic, finds the humor in this serious topic.

"Humor is a powerful weapon to empower people to make life-saving changes in their eating behavior. Robert Wieder provides a humorous journey through a heap of fat research. Many of the 115 reasons presented will amaze or amuse. While not a dieting book, 115 Reasons Why It’s Not Your Fault If You’re Fat can offer the reader a sympathetic shoulder or a motivafting kick to action."

—Joel Fuhrman M.D. (family physician, nutritional researcher and New York Times bestselling author of Eat To Live)

"Robert S. Wieder has written a very funny book about the issue of obesity.... While you are laughing your head off you will actually learn some great tips, like sleeping in total darkness may help you lose weight.... There are also some interesting facts like how overweight people have a 'much more powerful sense of smell'.... While reading this book I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud."

—Rebecca Johnson (The Rebecca Review)

"The science, sociology, mechanics and demographics of these topics have been carefully researched; the author uses no guesswork of his own. There's an incredible bibliography at the back of the book."

—Java Davis (Kindle Book Review)

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  • File Size: 230 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Publisher: CalorieLab Press; 1 edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LWGJP6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conventional Dietary Wisdom Irreverently Lampooned January 19, 2012
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With the obesity blame game in full force, it's refreshing to discover 115 REASONS WHY IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT IF YOU'RE FAT. Bob Wieder has been attentively following this issue for many years as a health columnist at CalorieLab.com and what he has discovered is that people aren't getting fat because of all the typical reasons that have been bantered about by the media and so-called health 'experts' over the years. It's much more complex than pointing the finger at genetics, culture, public school, lifestyle, Big Food, technology, the government, or whatever. An irreverent and eye-opening read!

-- Jimmy Moore, health blogger/podcaster "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for a laugh and a hard think January 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As someone in the humor business, I'm sure Robert Wieder is aware that fat jokes are still considered politically correct, no matter how hurtful to a "growing" number of Americans (and Samoans). This book is a great opportunity for the obese American to laugh at himself or herself.

The book is humorously divided into major cause categories: It's Your Mom's Fault, It's Biology's Fault, It's Your Family's Fault, It's Your School System's Fault, It's Your Location's Fault, It's Other Fat People's Fault, It's Society's Fault, It's Your Lifestyle's Fault, It's Your Job's Fault, It's the Auto Industry's Fault, It's the Chemical Industry's Fault, It's the Food and Beverage Industries' Fault, It's Electronic Technology's Fault, It's the Ad Industry's Fault, It's Capitalism's Fault, It's the Government's Fault, It's God's Fault, It's the Fault of Demographics, It's Your Environment's Fault, It's the Fault of People Who "Just Want to Help" You, and When No Other Explanation Seems to Apply to Your Situation ... The science, sociology, mechanics and demographics of these topics have been carefully researched; the author uses no guesswork of his own. There's an incredible bibliography at the back of the book.

Each category is divided into smaller snippets of easily digestible information. The book is well-written, fun, spelled correctly, and grammatically perfect.

All I can say is that in a culture where people love to take less and less responsibility for their actions and situations, this book is perfectly timed for the obese fault-finder.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a reviewer for the website [...] and was given a free copy of this book for review purposes. I am completely unaffiliated with either the author or the publisher.

-- Java Davis (Kindle Book Review)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshingly Humorous Look at Obesity December 21, 2011
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Robert S. Wieder has written a very funny book about the issue of obesity. Basically he explains all the reasons why it is absolutely not your fault that you are overweight. While you are laughing your head off you will actually learn some great tips. Like sleeping in total darkness may help you lose weight. Also you may want to reconsider that yoga class since evidence shows it lowers your body's metabolic rate. There are also some interesting facts like how overweight people have a "much more powerful sense of smell." The author also talks about the evils of potatoes especially when deep fried and explains why you may want to get rid of your microwave. While reading this book I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud. Laughing burns calories right? This book may then even help you lose some weight.

~The Rebecca Review
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, laughed out loud. April 20, 2014
By Lee W.
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I Have pondered many of these reasons both in fun and questioning actual scientific proof. A good light hearted read.
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More About the Author

Robert S. Wieder has written for numerous national magazines and is the author of "Ragtops: The Great American Convertible," "The Oakland A's: The First Twenty-Five Years," and "The Wannabe Guide to Classical Music." Since 2006 he has been the Senior Health Columnist for CalorieLab.com.

Bob for several years earlier in his writing career wrote a health advice column under the name "Dr. Oui" for Oui magazine (back when Hefner owned it, he is quick to add). He has also written extensively for Penthouse, and for Playboy, for whom he wrote the annual "Celebrity Christmas Carols" parodies.

In between his writing activities he put in a stint as a San Francisco-area stand-up comic.

During his college days at the University of California, Berkeley, Bob was editor of the legendary college humor magazine the California Pelican.

These days he concentrates on topical and political humor, as well as op-ed opinion pieces for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Bob works out of his home office in El Cerrito, California. In his spare time he maintains his blog, "Humor Me II," the successor to "Humor Me."

Bob's latest book is "115 Reasons Why It's Not Your Fault If You're Fat."

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"Get ready for the sugar wars" - An opinion piece by Robert S. Wieder in the San Francisco Chronicle (August 10, 2012): http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Get-ready-for-the-sugar-wars-3779436.php

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