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The Obesity Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 30, 2004
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His books include DON'T GO TO LAW SCHOOL (UNLESS), THE OBESITY MYTH, JURISMANIA, and AGAINST THE LAW (with Steven Smith and Pierre Schlag).
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In THE OBESITY MYTH, author/law professor Paul Campos makes an erudite and scathing case against the American diet industry, which, with its paid-lackey researchers and gullible fellow travelers in the medical and government health establishments, directly and simplistically links obesity with disease and generally compromised health. Rather, Campos concludes that the evidence shows that:
1. It's more dangerous to be underweight than overweight.
2. Health is not improved by long-term weight reduction.
3. Health is adversely affected by the yo-yo pattern of weight loss and subsequent regain experienced by serial dieters.
4. The nebulous connection between weight and health disappears when other factors are considered, e.g. the individual's cardiovascular and metabolic fitness. An overweight fit person is better off than a thin sedentary person.
Rather than being a monotonous, 250-page diatribe against the Fat Police, Campos goes out on a limb in a couple of chapters to make some novel observations.Read more ›
That's just one small point, but it made me question Campos' perspective, and the rest of his science. The book contains a lot of valuable information, and I only wish it had been presented in a way that didn't strike me as one-sided and, well, just a little pissy. The shame of it all is I think Campos is absolutely right in his basic premise. Unfortunately he falls prey to the exact sort of "us vs. them" thinking he says he dislikes about "infotainment" TV, and his message is tainted by it. I wish I could recommend the book to friends, but I can't. It's worth the read if only for the science and the point of view, especially if you've never heard the premise before.Read more ›
When American anti-fat capitalists went to the World Health Organization to promote a "health plan" for obesity, they rightly told them, "Uh, we think malnutrition and AIDS are more important issues right now," revealing how off the mark we are in this country. We are not dying from obesity, in fact, we Americans are living longer than ever before, fat and all!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In this fascinating book, author and professor of law Paul Campos looks at the war being waged against fat in American culture. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
I read this a few years ago and found it thought-provoking, although it went off on a few weird tangents. I wanted to read it again, so I bought the Kindle edition. Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. Os
At the end of the book, the author lost weight. Will he gain it back? Did he convince himself that prejudice against fat people was worth the effort to lose weight? Read morePublished 22 months ago by Debra A Gonzalez
What a relief to read this book! Some days, it feels like the entire country is trying to lose 100 lbs! I was a "failure to thrive" infant. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dix88
This is an important book about weight and fat. A scholarly book that takes apart the concept of dieting and obesity. It is a provocative book that should be read.Published on January 27, 2014 by Patricia M.
I just... don't know what to make of this.
The author makes some good points that I agree with. Read more
At last a book that contradicts all the myths about obesity. I can use it to convince other people that obesity is caused not only by overeating and a lack of excercise.Published on June 17, 2013 by Eline M.
Here are my issues with the book:
There isn't anyone out there with any intelligence that doesn't understand that BMI charts are averages for populations and have... Read more
The content of this book is excellent. I don't have enough medical expertise to know if the book is correct or just telling me what I want to hear, but it's very good to know that... Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by cknauf