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Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease Hardcover – December 27, 2012
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“No scientist has done more in the last fifty years to alert Americans to the potential dangers of sugar in the diet than Dr. Robert Lustig.”
–Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat
“Our eating habits are killing us. In this timely and important book, Dr. Robert Lustig presents the scientific evidence for the toxicity of sugar and the disastrous effects of modern industrial food on the hormones that control hunger, satiety, and weight. He gives recommendations for a personal solution to the problem we face and also suggests a public policy solution. Fat Chance is the best book I've read on the relationship between diet and health and the clearest explanation of epidemic obesity in our society.”
–Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Happiness and You Can’t Afford to Get Sick
“Fat Chance is THE manifesto for our time. It reveals the real reasons we why we are a fat nation and how to cure the obesity epidemic. It gets right to the root of the problem, which is not gluttony and sloth, as the food industry, government and your neighbor would have you believe. It is because we are drowning in a sea of sugar which poisons our metabolism, shrinks our brains, and threatens our national security and global competitiveness. Every American, politician, teacher, and business leader must read this book. Our nation's future depends on it.”
–Mark Hyman, M.D., author of The Blood Sugar Solution
“Fat Chance is an extraordinary achievement. Obesity's causes, mechanisms, health consequences, and preventive approaches are all devilishly complicated, but Dr. Lustig's outstanding contribution clarifies the complexity via a writing style that's accessible, insightful, and often gently humorous. Robert Lustig is a clinician, a scientist, and an advocate — a combination that that makes him uniquely qualified to bring the condition's many facets into sharp focus. Obesity has become the world's number one health problem. Fat Chance is the book for all of us who must confront this epidemic.”
–S. Boyd Eaton, M.D., Departments of Radiology and Anthropology, Emory University, and father of the Paleo Diet movement
“Robert Lustig is neither ringing an alarm bell nor giving us a gentle, paternalistic nudge. His message is more authentic. He is a medical doctor issuing a prescription. In order to address a current cocktail of health threats, Americans must alter their diets and do so radically. Those alterations must begin with a dramatic reduction in the consumption of sugars.”
“The obesity pandemic is well documented. But what can be done about it? More importantly, when does a personal health issue rise to become a public health crisis? In Fat Chance, Dr. Robert Lustig examines the science of obesity to determine the role that our current diet (especially too much sugar and too little fiber) plays in weight gain and disease. Using that knowledge, he proposes changes in our personal, public, and governmental attitudes to combat this scourge. Fat Chance is a 'savory' read with a 'sweet' finish.”
–Sanjay Gupta, M.D., neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent
About the Author
Robert H. Lustig, M.D has spent the past sixteen years treating childhood obesity and studying the effects of sugar on the central nervous system and metabolism. He is the Director of the UCSF Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program and also a member of the Obesity Task Force of the Endocrine Society.
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Well, as much as that does not sound like a good vacation book (I did read 2 other novels), it was fantastic on multiple levels. Dr Lustig has a gift because not only is he obviously educated in his field but he is articulate and extremely thorough.
Specifically, his book details how sugar is bad for you but he takes it to a level where you totally get it. He explains it from angles that you have never even realized existed...politically, economically, socially and of course, scientifically. And it is not just sugar. He gets into every corner of nutrition....fiber, insulin, leptin, stress, exercise. The book covers everything. It is obvious he put a tremendous amount of effort into this book. He also states very clearly that he has scientific back-up to all of his statements.
As I mentioned above, I was looking for a "new diet book" but this book is much more than that. Realizing what is going on in my body because I absolutely love and eat so many carbs was mind boggling. He teaches you all about food labels and let me tell you, it is an education. I am married over 25 years and my wife always does the food shopping. This book had such an effect on me, that I went food shopping by myself so that I could take the time and read the food labels. You cannot believe how much sugar is in your food. I am not even viewing my change in eating as a diet. This is about understanding what is going on with all of the garbage that we consume. For me, it is a change of life. The book just clicked with me.
If you want to live longer( in addition to many other benefits such as losing weight), read this book cover to cover. I also love the fact that he endorses the glass of red wine I am drinking right now.
That was stupid of me because I started abusing my body with excess sugar, especially juices to avoid sodas. I was armed with just enough knowledge to make myself dangerous. I didn't really see SUGAR ADDICTION as a biochemical problem. The knowledge slowly faded and I eventually went back to sodas as well. Why did I stop reading? I was in better shape then, but now I'm at about 25 plus pounds overweight. My doctor says I'm fine physically, but for the first time in my life I don't feel healthy. I've been eating without restraint and drinking 'not from concentrate' OJ like it's the cure all for the past two years. And yeah, I feel like shit and my stomach shows it.
So I rediscovered this book and read it all the way through this time. It is well written for the layman, yet I had to reread the metabolism section several times and diagram it for myself to truly understand it. I didn't want to gloss over that part because I had to visualize the process and see the villain, as the author calls it, at work in order to plot my defense (against myself).
Also teaching myself to "listen" to the signals that I'm full in the middle of a meal and not succumb to my dopamine craving is a huge tool in my arsenal. I've been overriding this signal to my hypothalamus my whole life so I could wolf down a second and third helping of deliciousness. Now that I'm watching for it, it's there like a weak pulse.
This book is the first time I've been directed to the source (added sugar) and not the end product. I always tried to limit consumption of the end product: sodas, junk food, desserts, trans fats, alcohol with very little success. I would slow down on one and binge on another-- never lowering the source. Now that the myth of a calorie is a calorie has been dispelled I can fight what I put in my body and lower my added sugar intake.
I am wary of everything I put in my body because I know I am a "mark" by those who want me to buy their products-- yes, even those protein drink companies. When I was younger I never trusted those companies to rebuild muscle after a workout but then I started using them upon advice of healthy looking fitness experts.
Upon restarting the book I've cut my sugar intake down drastically and am constantly on the hunt to increase fiber intake. The hardest part is finding food products without added sugars. Labels, other books, internet articles etc. all are proponents of their end product and often give contradictory advice. The bottom line is no one cares about my health, especially if I don't-- so why not make a profit off me?
I suggest you read the book and open your eyes. You will see the epidemic of sugar in everything around you: like Neo in the Matrix. It is crazy!
How do I convince my wife and son of this without sounding like a sugar-nazi or Jesus Freak? I don't. My 12 year-old won't read the book, yet. And my wife already knows everything. Fighting addiction has to start with the addict.
Like the D.A.R.E. Program (for drugs) the gist of this book should be mandatory teaching to parents and kids in school-- every year!