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Thinfluence: Thin-flu-ence (noun) the powerful and surprising effect friends, family, work, and environment have on weight [Kindle Edition]

Walter C. Willett , Malissa Wood , Dan Childs
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Book Description

How to recognize and combat the external factors that cause weight gain and make it difficult to lose weight

Tackling a weight problem is often viewed as a personal responsibility that requires making healthier choices. The latest research, however, shows that external factors—from family and friendships to advertising and the workplace environment—have an equal, if not greater, impact on America's growing waistline. Just look at the stats: A person's chance of becoming obese increases by 57 percent if a close friend is obese, 40 percent if a sibling is obese, and 37 percent if a spouse is obese.

That's where Thinfluence comes in. Through a research-based examination of the various social, environmental, and policy-based issues that are influencing the nation's health, Harvard researchers Dr. Walter Willett and Dr. Malissa Wood examine how relationships, workplace, media, and other factors are affecting readers' weight. The book offers a clear three-step action plan—analyze, act, influence—for readers to identify hidden factors affecting weight, develop a personal toolbox to combat external effects, and become positive influences on others around them.

Thinfluence doesn't tell readers to ditch their friends and family, change jobs, or move to another state. It helps them identify barriers to weight loss success and arms them with the tools to overcome these negative forces. This book takes a fresh look at today's weight control discussion, taking it where it has seldom gone before: outside of the individual.

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About the Author

WALTER WILLETT, MD, DrPH, is a professor of epidemiology and nutrition and chairman of the department of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. His bestselling book Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy helped change the USDA Food Pyramid. He lives in Cambridge, MA.

MALISSA WOOD, MD, is a clinical cardiologist and staff physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, codirector of the Corrigan Women’s Health Program, assistant professor of clinical medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the lead investigator of the HAPPY Heart trial. She lives in Concord, MA.

DAN CHILDS is the managing editor of medical coverage for ABC News. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale; 1 edition (May 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Supplement to any Diet Book or Program May 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Thinfluence should not be considered a stand alone diet book; rather, this is a an excellent supplement/resource to any diet or lifestyle change program you follow to help increase your ability to lose weight and eat healthier. What this book does that I haven't seen any other do is to tackle the outside social influences that inhibit or make much more difficult the ability to eat healthier. I've read diet books about carbs, calories, emotions, genetics, hormones, age, etc., but this is the first book I've seen solely dedicated to tackling issues of family, friends, workplace, and environment/location.

The book is broken down as follows: Chapter 1 is an introduction to the ideas in Thinfluence. Chapter 2 discusses emotional eating and how to deal with it. Chapter 3 tackles family and how to deal with everyone's varied eating habits (the thin ones, the lazy ones, the stubborn ones, etc.) and strategies to bring them into a better eating lifestyle with you. Chapter 4 covers friends and any organizations you may be in - coping with eating out, eating in various celebration situations, etc. Chapter 5 discusses how to eat better in the workplace. Chapter 6 shows how to evaluate your 'food environment' and make it easier and more enticing to eat the right foods. Chapter 7 also discusses the food environment, this time tackling tv watching and exercise. Chapter 8 goes over media influences on our food choices, including junk food commercials and 'quick fix' diets. Chapter 9 discusses policy - how to work with your local city, state, and other government officials to develop programs and policies for better eating lifestyles. The last chapter summarizes without repetition.
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Finally a book about being overweight that understands the complicated issues envolved in trying to lose weight. The authors do this very effectively through stories about real people with weight issues. They give you a framework to help you identify the influences that effect your weight and health, in your home, in your work environment, and in society at large. They then follow that up with a guide to help you develop your own plans and solutions that are realistic in achieving your goals. The next aspect of the book is how to become a positive influence influence on the people around you.
I enthusiastically recommend this book.
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This book combines data from myriad studies to suggest tiny strategies and practical tactics with big pay offs for health.
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