Sunday, April 20, 2014

Robert Lustig's Fat Chance is a powerful book

A friend recently sent me some nutrition information that included a reference to Dr. Robert Lustig's 2012 book Fat Chance. Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist (hormone expert) at St. Jude's Children's hospital and his specialty has been dealing with obese infants and children. Fat Chance is about the global obesity pandemic, where he thinks it is coming from, and what we can do as individuals and society's about it. This not a weight loss book although he makes some suggestions and discusses common diets. It's about eating for health. As he says, you're probably not going to lose your butt fat (subcutaneous fat) but it won't kill you. Belly fat and fat in your organs is what will kill you and that you can lose.

Lustig is frank, funny, and philosophical. He cites a ton of research but in an accessible way. And a recap of his suggestions can be found here:

This is the first book that has ever explained to me the physiology of why I overeat and why I'm still hungry after a big meal. If you struggle with weight and healthy eating, you might want to give it a read.

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