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Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession With Weight Loss Hardcover – June 7, 2016
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“Finally, a scientist who bridges the gap between the emerging behavioral theories of weight loss and our current disastrous attempts to diet our way thin! I can’t wait for this to be published so I can give it to patients.”
—DR. HENRY S. LODGE, professor at Columbia University Medical Center and coauthor of Younger Next Year
“In this deeply researched book, Aamodt demolishes the conventional wisdom on dieting, building a compelling case that if we want to be healthier, we should diet less, not more. Essential reading for today’s weight-obsessed culture.”
—TRACI MANN, PH.D., author of Secrets from the Eating Lab
“This important book sounds a much-needed alarm about the long-term damage that dieting does to our bodies and minds. Highly recommended for chronic calorie counters and anyone trying to raise healthy, sane children in an insane food world.”
—JONATHAN BAILOR, author of The Calorie Myth and founder of SANESolution.com
About the Author
SANDRA AAMODT, PH.D., coauthored Welcome to Your Brain and Welcome to Your Child’s Brain. She was the editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience, a leading scientific journal in the field of brain research. She received her undergraduate degree in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and her doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Rochester. Her science writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, El Mundo, and the Times of London.
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This book makes me realize that everything I've been told about weight was wrong and has given me some real achievable goals that I can work toward and that I think I can realistically live with to make my life healthier, even if I never loose another pound.
Aamodt is an academic and she draws on dozens of academic studies, but she usually avoids jargon and writes for the general audience. This is not the book for you if you're focused on loosing 10 pounds quickly. I highly recommend this book, though, if what you want is a way to get off the dieting rollercoaster and live a healthier, more balanced life.
Dr. Aamodt's work was very influential to me as a dietitian. Since reading her book, I have transitioned to a non-diet, weight-neutral, Health at Every Size® approach. I encourage more health professionals to read this book and to challenge their assumptions about weight management.