"Why we get fat" is a fascinating look at why it is that overweight and obesity have become so prevalent, along with other associated diseases such as diabetes. As the author, Gary Taubes, points out, while many are quick to attribute overweight to deficiency of character, that is a gross oversimplification and smacks of blaming the victim. In fact, it is probably much more accurate to describe it as stemming from a hormonal imbalance which is partly genetic, partly exacerbated by diet.
Taubes' conclusions are interesting, and support a diet low in carbohydrates, which is also what many analyses of various diets have found. That said, while this may work to get excess pounds off, avoiding carbs for the long haul is very difficult for most, and can be downright unhealthy for some.
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Dennis Rosen, M.D.
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