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The Hundred Year Diet: America's Voracious Appetite for Losing Weight Hardcover – May 11, 2010
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“Susan Yager has given us a delightful breeze through a century of American dietary prescriptions, from Dr. Kellogg to Michael Pollan. What to do? We still haven't figured out how to keep our food appetites to reasonable limits.” ―Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and author of What to Eat.
“By dissecting the aesthetic, moral and commercial basis of our obsessions with eating, The Hundred Year Diet illuminates the path to a healthier, and saner, food future.” ―Brian Halweil, author of Eat Here and publisher of Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn and Edible East End
“Worries over overeating, as Susan Yager interestingly reminds us in "The Hundred Year Diet," preoccupied the public long before Americans en masse became so massive...Ms. Yager's bite-sized chapters are easy and pleasant to digest as she takes us through America's fat-fighting history, from its now comical-seeming beginnings through the wild pendulum swings of the late 20th century (when carbohydrates and fats alternated as public enemy No. 1) to the promise of the fat-substitute Olestra (with its regrettable intestinal consequences) and today's gastric bypass surgery for the severely obese.” ―Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal
“A fascinating read.” ―Abigail Zuger, M.D., The New York Times
“Far-reaching, well-researched survey of America's fascination with diets.” ―Peggy Brown, Newsday
About the Author
Susan Yager is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and has written for a variety of publications on the topics of food and sexual health. She lives in New York City and the East End of Long Island with her husband and two cats.
Top Customer Reviews
That being said I will admit that this is the last book I expected to be un-put-downable. Honestly, Susan Yager writes very matter of fact, but the topic is so touchy on both a psychological and emotional basis that quite often it reads like a thriller. Yager narrows down her topic by limiting it to the 20th century and the U.S. but clearly had she explored this from an international perspective she would still be writing.
We all know from our own personal experience with our bodies and an often contentious relationship with what we eat how we feel at any given time of the day. What was shocking for me, was my awareness of this expanding past myself and immediate family/friends to our Nation as a whole. I also found myself mortified by our rather passive search and acceptance of experimental Diet and fitness programs. From Kellogg & Graham to Atkins & South Beach as well as the eternally pervasive veganism, despite our very serious urge to be thin and healthy, we are willing to put ourselves in some very frightening regimens. Often ingesting substances that are toxic or create a toxic situation within our bodies.
What I found remarkable was the 100 year debate/struggle between actual science and the psuedo-science theory between actual practicing physicians! Quite often my jaw was on the floor while reading this. I highlighted passages so that I would remember them exactly when sharing data with others.Read more ›
There is nothing new in the dieting world. Whether it is Atkins, Pritikin, South Beach, Slimfast, Weight Watchers, the Grapefruit Diet or Dr. Oz, Yeager lays out the history of each dieting movement while explaining how we rush to embrace each repackaged presentation of old and unappealing ideas. Often our most certain diet 'knowledge' is based in no scientific grounding at all. The basic rule of eat fresh food in moderation cannot equal the allure of science providing us magical solutions. Our current situation, chemical laden factory produced food lacking in taste and nutrition may be a direct result of our fascination with fad dieting. Like the person with the tombstone reading "I told you I was sick" America can now say "we told you we were fat." We've forgotten not only what food should fill our plate, but also how that food should naturally taste.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very readable history of the issues surrounding the American diet, body weight issues, attempting weight loss, culture. I was fascinated by this book and in the end Ms. Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by paula t. smith
I feel like this book had a terrible conclusion. The book is spent very carefully describing a century of failed diet plans, failed reduction methods, failed nutritional... Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Rabid Reader
I believe Ms. Yager's take can be summed up by "Don't worry be happy." Or even "Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Gregory H.
The Hundred Year Diet Book, despite its name, is not a diet book. Rather, it's an account of America's history of dieting over the last 100 years. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by MikeInOhio
Susan Yager has attempted to examine how we got ourselves into the diet mess we find ourselves in by going back in time to take a look at the seminal moments that shaped our... Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man
From as early as the introduction, the author shows her bias against low carb eating plans, and completely ignores the science. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Smart4
I thought this book was good for learning the facts of American food. Some very interesting facts and good random trivia. Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by Karisma45
Susan Yager's "The Hundred Year Diet" addresses and engages with the different aspects of the American obsession with weight loss. Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Leah Berk
Previous diet ideas keep resurfacing like moles in an arcade Whack-a-Mole. Knowing the history and context of this insanity gives perspective and helps us be wiser in making sense... Read morePublished on November 13, 2010 by Dr. Michael Brickey