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Addicted to Food: Understanding the obesity epidemic (Kindle Single) (Guardian Shorts Book 56) [Kindle Edition]

James Erlichman
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Obesity has hit epidemic levels. In the developed, and much of the developing world, it is now 'normal' to be overweight with a BMI of 25 or more. And the global population is getting fatter all the time as a powerful mix of cheap foods, social behaviours and commercial pressures drives us to the biscuit tin again and again and again.

But this is not the worst of it.

The sugars, salts and fats that are slowly killing us are at the same time essential for our survival. Our brains reward us when we eat them, filling us with feelings of pleasure. But modern abundance has pushed this too far - in this Guardian Short, James Erlichman lays out a frank argument in which we have become addicted to food. Full of diverse research and exploring the science of obesity and the social history of what we eat for our meals (and snacks), 'Addicted to Food' is a powerful call for us to understand the terrible catch-22 that is driving our ever-expanding waistlines. Written with humour and passion, it will not just make you look at that custard cream in a different fashion, but enable you to understand why it tastes so delicious in the first place.

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James Erlichman is a visiting fellow at the University of Sussex, where he recently completed a PhD in public health science policy. Previously he has worked as a journalist and author, broadcaster, and for two years as a senior scientific researcher at the International Obesity TaskForce, a London-based charity.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 217 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Guardian Books (20 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BJ5H184
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here 19 Mar. 2013
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We have hunter-gatherer genes. But we don't live hunter-gatherer lives.

Save 1.99. You've just read the book.

There is little or nothing in here that most Guardian readers won't already know. Far better to spend a bit more money and buy a decent modern nutrition book, complete with references and author information. This work has neither.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but flawed 9 Feb. 2014
By pixie g
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I found this an interesting read, but I got the sense the author was blaming the food industry for deliberately including unhealthy sugars etc in ready meals for instance - which may well be the case, but people can (and should) take responsibility for their own eating habits - yes, there's a lot of unhealthy food freely available, and, with our access to cheap food, and a lack of exercise, many, particularly in the West, are prone to putting on weight (sometimes lots of weight) - but equally lots of people don't. You can read the label, and you can exercise common sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short read to puts obesity epidemic in a nutshell 10 Sept. 2014
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Short and to the point summing up the most recent findings and reports on obesity in perspective. Our diet has changed more in the last 40 years than in the previous 40,000! It is not diet book but it does highlight where all the problems stem from. Fascinating read that will make you look at the obesity epidemic with fresh eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 29 April 2013
By Pip
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This is a very interesting read. Good length book & doesn't get too bogged down. Really makes you think about food labelling, but also about how we have become conditioned to how we eat, and has made me consider how to break that way of being. Without intending to be, this is the best diet aid I've read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 27 Feb. 2014
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Great read. My view of food had changed recently and this confirmed that view. Broccoli is the future for us all!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good concise review of current opinion 7 Sept. 2013
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Nothing new for anyone who's seen the excellent 'The Men Who Made Us Fat' but a well written & clear collection of articles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very up to date 20 Aug. 2013
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Although this is only a short piece, it is crammed with up to date information about the food industry, health and so on, so I felt the writer was at the forefront. This is such a difficult subject to stay ahead with so thanks to this author for doing all the research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars compulsive read from start to finish 12 Aug. 2013
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Anyone who is interested in why true health seems to be getting harder to attain, this read is for you.
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