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ISBN-13: 978-0984235834 ISBN-10: 0984235833 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Danielle Milano earned her MD from New York University School of Medicine in 1987. She has worked at the Boriken Health Center in East Harlem since 1999, treating people suffering from obesity and diabetes. Board certified in internal medicine, she is a clinical instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Synergy Books; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984235833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984235834
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,154,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Danielle Milano, M.D. is a practicing physician in New York City. After graduating from New York University School of Medicine in 1987, and completing her residency in 1990, Dr. Milano starting working in the field of HIV. Although Dr. Milano continues to care for a large number of HIV-infected patients, the largest part of her practice is general internal medicine. At the Boriken Neighborhood Health Center (a federally-funded community health center located in East Harlem) where she practices, the main health issue is obesity and it's associated diseases. Although Dr. Milano does not believe everyone needs to be thin to be healthy, there are simple lifestyle changes people can make to improve their quality of life and their longevity. No fad diets...No starvation diets...Just lifestyle changes in order to live a longer healthier life.

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Since I write a good deal about health and fitness, I was sent a copy of this new book to review. I found it one of the most well written and informative books I've read in a long time. Moreover, it's based on science and not pop culture or fads.

Dr. Danielle Milano is board certified in internal medicine and currently practices in East Harlem at the Boriken Neighborhood Health Center, a federally funded community health center, where she treats patients suffering from obesity and diabetes. Earning her doctor of medicine from New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Milano is also an adjunct clinical professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

She shares many of her experiences with patients with which readers will easily identify. This makes it a highly significant and personal book.

"My patients ask me what to eat to lose the pounds, but it's not that simple," Dr. Milano says. "Health is more than a number on a scale. With information and knowledge, you can make intelligent choices for yourself to improve your health and thus, your happiness."

The author did say that one test showed that slightly overweight people were actually healthier than people of ideal weight. On the other hand, she also admitted that another test showed that people of ideal weight were healthier. So, we're sort of left at the same place.

The main point made by the book that impressed me was that the degree of your fitness is far more important to your general well-being than how much you weigh. You can be somewhat over fat and yet be fitter than someone who is at the ideal weight yet unfit.

Other advice includes the importance of exercise and, of course diet. This is not a diet book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy W TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Let me begin by stating that I HIGHLY recommend this book for EVERYONE's personal library! This book is primarily about eating for healthy living, and in following these health tips, you will likely lose weight anyway. (What good is it to look like Barbie, if you are unhealthy?) Let me also state up front, that there is a wealth of info in this book that it would otherwise probably take you years of fishing through tons of other books to find. Many books provide some basic concepts and stretch them out to fill the pages (kind of like filler in crab cakes, so you use less crab meat.) I was amazed at the tremendous amount of info in this relatively small 243 page current/2010 book. The book also provides details about how the body works, so you can better understand the relationship between the body and various health conditions. It is also peppered with bits of humor too. (Not salted, just peppered :-)

Sub-topics include identifying the type of dieter you may be (e.g. the procrastinator, the accountant, the self-defeatist, etc.) with suggestions for addressing the behavior(s); suggestions for setting realistic goals; making schedules; aerobic and resistance exercising; modified foods; trans fats and variations of; oils and fats (mono/poly/saturated fats); HFCS; sodas; label reading; antioxidants; food and exercise planning (good/bad things to eat or not eat); simple and complex carbs; balancing meals; vitamins and supplements; Vitamin D; meal choices; info for men; cooking supplies and some basic recipes (not a filler like some weight-loss books-recipes only 31 pages and are basic info); and Appendixes (15 pages).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vibha Verma on May 16, 2010
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With the presence of innumerable books in the 'Health and Fitness' space in the market, I was wondering what new or different could one more book offer to the readers? But the level of interest that 'Skinny is Overrated' generated in me, put all my doubts to rest.

Dr. Danielle Milano presents in a wonderfully simplified fashion the seemingly very complicated area of - dieting, which food items to eat, which ones to avoid, which multivitamins to take or not take, what to look for while buying stuff off-the-shelf and many more such issues, by impressing upon the today's women to just follow a single magic mantra - 'Focus on Health and not on Weight'. In contrast to other health books which deal with one aspect or the other, this book can be used as a single guide to answer almost all important questions that anybody could have, who intends to follow a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Compelling arguments, well supported by scientific reasons and statistics have been proposed against the most prevalent myths in the dieting world where size zero has become a craze among women. The author urges the readers to love the size they are in while sorting out the spiritual and emotional needs of the self - as first step to living healthfully. Starving the system can never lead to true health rather the same can be achieved by eating right, eating at right time and exercising right.

The different types of food items have been evaluated based on their ingredients and which among them are complete 'no-no' in all circumstances.
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