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The Diet Myth: Why America's Obsessions with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health Paperback – May 9, 2005

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A professor of law at the University of Colorado and a nationally recognized expert on America’s war on fat, Paul Campos is the author of a weekly opinion column that appears in more than forty newspapers nationwide. His articles have appeared in The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (May 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159240135X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592401352
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,759,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By CathyVM on July 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
With lawyerly aplomb, Professor Paul Campos has provided a well-written and devastatingly logical case against the omnipresent sophistry that underpins so much apparently "sound science", and puts the "war on fat" on trial. Doing what so many health professionals have regretfully failed to do, he analyzes the original data purporting to support the hysterical claims of the obesity experts and finds the evidence for this war not so much negligible as practically non-existent.

Erudite and thought provoking, the Diet Myth places the obesity panicdemic within a wider context of deeper societal issues ranging from consumerism to racism with astonishing perception and delicious wit.

This book will outrage, but ultimately empower, anybody who believes (or has been convinced) they have a problem with their weight or shape, and should be compulsory reading for the weight-fascist self-interested health professionals who have played such a pivotal role in the creation of this farcical "disease". Aside from all that, it's a ripping good read!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer R. Hill on April 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book helped give me a better vision of just how weight obsessed our society is and how it effects its citizens. I have always been skeptical about every little report and study that comes out admonishing anyone who weighs a bit more than they should and the doomsday mentality of the media in regards to our weight. Like the author points out - our weight is going up but we are living longer than ever before. He also discusses how being active is a lot more important than what we weigh.

If you really want a serious look at weight and diet this is a great book to read! It will make anyone who is "overweight" (by our government's standards) feel better about themselves and not feel so down about every extra pound they may carry.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kirachan on March 26, 2006
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I am aware that this book too only shows one side of the coin, and the repetition of the same accusations over and over made the read a little less exciting than possible, but WHAT was repeated were some revealing and scary thoughts about what people do with statistics! There is just no better instrument than bent data if you want to push a cause... and since the weight-health relation topic affects me personally, it made me really angry to read how I am declared sick and worthless and how people are handed the instruments to discriminate against me through fake interpretations of statistical data, that any 4th grader would look through... had someone only asked them.
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