Patt Morrison For January 11, 2012

Health policy expert Gary Taubes on why we get fat

Random House, Inc.

"Why We Get Fat and What to do about it" by Gary Taubes

You exercise, you diet, but you still get fat. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Many of us have heard that over one third of adults in the United States are obese, as documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but many of us do not know exactly why… why do we get fat?

In his book “Why We Get Fat” health policy expert and author Gary Taubes answers this question by explaining the scientific causes of obesity. Taubes insists that obesity is widely attributable to a history of misleading nutritional science. The author shatters many conventional myths about human biology, diet, and exercise and explains how misinformation has been detrimental. Taubes emphasizes that our dietary choices are what primarily lead to obesity and that avoidance of weight-gain can be achieved by simply reevaluating how we approach nutritional choices.

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What method do you employ for losing weight? How successful have you or people in your life been at losing weight and keeping it off? How much do you truly understand about the scientific causes of obesity?

Guest:

Gary Taubes, health policy expert and author of "Why We Get Fat" and "Good Calories, Bad Calories"


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