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  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942637607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942637601
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Regular Reader on April 7, 2006
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The message of this book is that most human beings are genetically predetermined to be fat by the current standards of society( there is a lot of truth to this). You can try to lose weight, but you will most likely fail to keep it off, so you are better off not trying to lose weight and accepting yourself as you are. Should you be foolish enough to try, the authors offer some diet tips mixed in with REBT (cognitive therapy) all while reminding you that failure is likely.

The authors only give the reader examples from their weight control therapy groups of people who try to lose weight and fail. The examples that are painted in a positive light are patients who decide that losing weight is not worth the discomfort and who learn to accept being heavy. People who try to be fit are painted as being shallow and wasting their time on a triviality.

The authors claim to know a lot about nutrition, dieting and fitness. Yet, they recommend going on extremely low calorie diets because they think seeing fast results will keep people motivated. It is believed that crash diets are responsible for the yo-yo effect they decry and contributes to raising body weight set points. The authors also minimize regular exercise as a fat loss tool, claiming it helps a little, and is good for health, but it doesn't contribute much to serious weight loss. No wonder so many of their patients give up on trying to lose fat and focus on acceptance.

For what it is worth people do lose large amounts of weight and keep that weight off for long periods of time without being uncomfortable. People interested in this should go to the web site for The National Weight Control Registry.

The book has an interesting discussion about bigotry and the bigotry against heavy people.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1997
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Although not a "diet" book per se this is the best in that category. Rather than provide the right way to eat, it demonstrates through extensive research that body weight is the result of a complex interplay of biological and behavioral factors. The authors first seek to teach self-acceptance, then the rational-emotive/cognitive behavioral methods to maximize self-regulation. The case vignettes presented throughout the book both add to its entertainment value and its applicability
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Charles Steiner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 29, 2010
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Is fatness a disease? There's no real evidence for such a view. African Americans and Native Americans, for example, suffer high rates of heart disease and cancer, yet no one would reasonably suggest that being a racial minority is a disease.

And what's the big deal about losing weight in the first place? It certainly doesn't increase longevity. Even trying to lose weight can be very bad for your health. The constant losing/gaining/losing process, for one, can make fat even tougher to lose on the next attempt if not impossible. There's also moodiness and irritability and even depression that can come from dieting - not to mention the pain of hunger pangs.

As human beings, we dieters, would-be dieters, and non-dieters are not cognitively nor instinctively equipped to monitor caloric intake with anything like the precision required to enhance fat loss. In fact, no one is. Thin people think that because they've been able to maintain slenderness without pain or trouble, it's possible for everyone to do so, particularly fat people. Slender people have no need to lose weight and thus don't know that fat cells don't like to disappear and that they create severe hunger pangs in a body in order to stay put. The more obese a person is, the more hunger he or she will feel when trying to lose fat. It's an uphill battle. Besides, everybody has a body with a set-point and that set-point doesn't really want to move. Genes have to a lot to do with your body size as well.

Haven't you seen or experienced successful weight loss - only to discover that the "new person" doesn't actually look as good as when he or she was fatter? And isn't it "easy" to take the weight off - once - but much harder to keep from putting it back on?
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Arnie Rapier on January 15, 2000
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I recently picked up a copy of this book because of my interest in the work of Ellis. Apparently Abrams and Dengelegi are terrific researchers. They have added alot of clearly presented biological research to the work. Excellent.
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