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Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease Paperback – Illustrated, December 31, 2013
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--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
- Publisher : Avery; Illustrated edition (December 31, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0142180432
- ISBN-13 : 978-0142180433
- Item Weight : 8.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.23 x 0.76 x 7.96 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lustig is also well versed on public policy and on the PR plays of the food / drug / medical industries. He demonstrates that our behavior is grounded in our biochemistry; it’s not just a matter of will power. He knows that big changes in public policy (pulling diet out of the industry-controlled USDA, classifying sugar and fructose as addictive and dangerous, stopping subsidies for sugar and corn, promotion of a science-based diet, etc.) will be needed to change course. Yet he knows that these won’t happen without a big public outcry. Meanwhile he suggests that we start small with things like a soda tax (on sugary beverages) and restricting youth access and marketing (just as for alcohol).
The one area where Lustig is behind the times is fat. He cites the pluses and minuses of several popular diets but not the ketogenic diet, which I and many others are now following easily and with great success. This super low carb / high fat diet is the ultimate answer to insulin resistance and the resulting obesity, inflammation, and disease. The only sticking point for Lustig, apparently, is the high fat part, despite fat being the food most prized by most of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Instead Lustig is very vague on where our calories are supposed to come from, as long as it’s not sugar or processed food. To understand how our bodies were designed to metabolize fats via ketones, instead of glucose, read Phinney & Volek, or Cummins and Gerber. The traditional Innuit, for example, had virtually no carbs in their diet, yet were extraordinarily healthy compared to today’s chronic diseases, giving the lie to the USDA dietary recommendations and the like.
Nevertheless, Lustig is a true hero to us who are challenging the corruption and dietary dogmas of the food / drug / medical establishment.
I have recommended this book to every patient (I'm an Optometrist) that is Diabetic or pre-diabetic or overweight, pretty much everyone.
I have reread this book three times. The first time freaked me out and I didn't know what to eat. Then the second read I discovered things I didn't pick up on the first read. On the third read I took notes. I still keep it handy to check on things from time to time.
I love that you come straight to the point all the time. You explain the hacking of our biochemistry by the food industry clearly. I continue to watch your lectures, because there is so little truth about food out there.
I get it. You have established your case. What’s important now is getting the information out. I and my cousin(kidney transplant) tell everyone we can about your info. I think “more studies” takes a backseat to taking action on what we already know.
If my cousin and I hadn’t seen your lectures, she might be dead(she lost 100 pounds). Yours are among the few lectures i can’t find anything to disagree with(I have a science degree). So, thank you for bringing this to the public. But I’ve watched everything you have on youtube several times. I hope you continue to post your new lectures on youtube. We also watch several other lecturers, such as Dr Campbell(China Study) and a few others, to bolster our efforts. It really helps!
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Then I've read this book. What an eye-opener it was! If you want to lose weight and there's one book to read, go for this one. I have since stopped eating sugary and processed food and went low carb but high in healthy fats. I've lost 12 pounds in 6 weeks, without starving myself or being miserable.
The good parts: a documented analysis about obsesity and sugar from a doctor with no hidden agenda ( supplements for sale).
If it is one of your first books on obesity, it's ok, if not, start reading 10% human, it would be much more insightful in matters of obesity and sugar cravings.
Well now I have read it and I bit the bullet straight away cutting almost all refined and added sugar out of my diet. I feel so much better in 17 days I can hardly believe it plus I have lost 7lbs into the bargain. Without wishing to sound like an infomercial this book truly has changed my life.
This is a serious book which challenges people and governments to think, and think hard, about the consequences of inaction and bowing to special interests in the food processing/additive business and farming. The book is very reasonably priced for its highly researched content and is a shocking exposure of the road ahead in terms of obesity which is now a very serious problem for many countries following a Western diet laced with sugar and bad fats.
Fructose kills. End of. No matter what the multi-billion sugar industry tells us.
It took decades before people woke up to the fact that tobacco kills. Professor Lustig is at the forefront of the movement to have refined sugar recognised as a poison. People should be aware of the consequences of consuming sugar. This book will produced that information and why. The lecture will explain the science - just type it into a search engine online.