"Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It" (a brief book review)

March 12, 2011

Dear Family,

I just finished Gary Taubes' latest book, "Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It." I cannot recommend it more highly--not because it's a "diet book" (which it isn't), and even if you think you have absolutely no interest in the topic of human weight gain/obesity.

Taubes is a writer who specializes in controversial science, and in this book he does nothing less than pull apart conventional and traditional wisdom pertaining to nutrition and health. Then, he simply and clearly reassembles the information so that we might better understand exactly what can be learned from the past 150 years' worth of nutrition/diet research.

Thanks to his thorough, clear, and humorous analysis, I am now even further convinced that we Americans have been sold a near-total crock of misinformation for over fifty years, in the form of dietary guidelines disseminated by most government agencies and health professionals. I know, I know, this is old news. But amazingly, I am convinced that the hippie counterculture has been misled too--and that even organic, vegan, low-fat granola can be as bad for us as Twinkies.

Taubes offers simple, concise, and useful information for any doctor or "layperson" interested in improving human health.

Would love to know what you think, if you read this!