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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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About the Author
A professor of law at the University of Colorado and a nationally recognized expert on Americas 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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That the health, medical and government authorities would tamper with obesity studies to show that being fat is unhealthy and scaring a nation into obsession and eating disorders galore makes me want to scream!It is amazing this has been going on and the masses of Americans have been duped over and over for a hundred years. Oprah should read this book and let it be known that we have been essentially lied to about the dangers of being fat and that weight loss is health promoting.
Please read this book and be willing to stop the insanity by confronting your own obsession with your weight. Please do it for future generations who may not have to suffer from a life draining, self esteem robbing and fatal obsession.
The work to be done to cleanse our minds and beings of this deeply ingrained belief system is by no means easy. But armed with the information that Paul Campos so brilliantly explains, one can be inspired to keep remembering what is really important in life and what true health really is.
I came away from reading this book with not only outrage but under that emotion was the realization that we are a nation who so desparately wants love and attention that we will do anything for it. Even hurt ourselves with diets. Those of us who were not naturally thin as kids most likely have memories of not fitting in or being teased. Some of us craved to be popular so badly because we had little self esteem for many reasons. We learn from a very early age that being fat is somehow bad. Geting thin brings an almost guarantee of being admired and complimented on. We get positive attention. Who does not want that? The alternative is to be either ignored or outright shunned and even made fun of. It takes a courageous person to do the work of dropping the diet myth from their life.To find the good feelings we crave in something else that is truly healthy. Many cannot do it.
We are supported in getting thin because it is supposedly healthier, this is a virtuous desire, but now we know, the studies have been tampered with and excess fat does not make one unhealthy for the most part. Being fat is not unhealthy. What we do know is acting in unhealthy ways is unhealthy (ie dieting, binging, no exercise) we can eat a well balanced non restrictive diet, and be moderately active and enjoy health at most weights, even what we consider overweight. We don't like that idea though. We want to lose weight because we want fit in to the cultural ideal. Period.
I also recommend Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight by Linda Bacon Phd. and It's Not About Food by Laurelee Roark and Carol Emery Normandi.
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.
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!