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The Obesity Epidemic: What Caused It? How Can We Stop It? [Kindle Edition]

Zoe Harcombe
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"Zoë Harcombe unravels one of the biggest paradoxes of today..." --Lucy Johnston, Health Editor, Sunday Express.

"...everything we think we know about eating right and how to control our weight is, in fact, wrong." --Alice Hart-Davis. Award winning health & beauty writer

"In a series of rigorously sourced chapters Harcombe pulls apart many of the key tenets in the diet and nutrition industry" --Phil Chamberlain, Freelance journalist

"This book should be mandatory reading for all health professionals and for anyone who needs to lose weight!" --Julia Smurthwaite. Health journalist

"Zoë Harcombe has taken a surgeon's scalpel to the Alice In Wonderland World of obesity."
--Dr Malcolm Kendrick. Author "The great cholesterol con"

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"Zoë Harcombe unravels one of the biggest paradoxes of today..." -- Lucy Johnston, Health Editor, Sunday Express.

"...everything we think we know about eating right and how to control our weight is, in fact, wrong." --Alice Hart-Davis. Award winning health & beauty writer

"In a series of rigorously sourced chapters Harcombe pulls apart many of the key tenets in the diet and nutrition industry" -- Phil Chamberlain, Freelance journalist

"This book should be mandatory reading for all health professionals and for anyone who needs to lose weight!" -- Julia Smurthwaite. Health journalist

"Zoë Harcombe has taken a surgeon's scalpel to the Alice In Wonderland World of obesity." -- Dr Malcolm Kendrick. Author "The great cholesterol con"

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"The Obesity Epidemic: What caused it? How can we stop it?" does what it says in the title - it answers those two critical questions. It takes you on the journey that the author, Zoë Harcombe went on to answer those questions and hopefully it will shock you as much as it shocked her.
The starting point must be - when did The Obesity Epidemic start? The graphs and tables show a stunning increase in obesity levels at the turn of the 1980's and obesity literally takes off, like an aeroplane trajectory, from that point onwards. Obesity in the UK, as an example, increases almost 10 fold between the 1970's and 1999 from 2.7% to 25%. So what happened? 
The short answer is - we changed our diet advice. More accurately we did a U-turn in our diet advice. We used to believe (and our grandmothers still do) that bread and potatoes were fattening and we should put butter on our vegetables. We changed this completely to tell citizens of the `developed' world to base our meals on starchy foods and to replace nature's butter with man-made hydrogenated spreads. Coincidence or cause?
The Obesity Epidemic takes you through the actual documents that changed our diet advice, most importantly why the advice changed and what is stopping us from changing the advice back. This is a journey through the landmark turning points in the history of public health diet advice and the impact that this has had on obesity - and all the accompanying modern illnesses: heart disease; cancer; diabetes and the lack of well being that the average human suffers today.
If you currently believe that "energy in equals energy out" - be prepared to change your view, if you read this book with an open mind. If you think one pound equals 3,500 calories, you may be in for a surprise. If you assume that you will lose one pound for every deficit of 3,500 calories you create, you will see irrefutable evidence to the contrary. You will understand where five-a-day comes from and will hopefully revise your adherence to this marketing slogan afterwards. You will hopefully be shocked and appalled at the conflict of interest in the food and obesity industries. You may never drink fruit juice again.
With 400 references and every fact backed up with sourced and presented evidence - this is the most informative book on the subject of obesity ever written. You cannot fail to learn a great deal and to have your thinking continually challenged in a highly engaging way. The research for this book changed everything the author held to be true - read with an open mind - it could do the same for you. Love it or hate it, you have to read it.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 665 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1907797009
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Columbus Digital Services Ltd (20 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OM0DBU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Zoë Harcombe's passion is obesity. People want to be slim more than they want virtually anything else in the world and yet two thirds of people in the 'developed' world are overweight and one quarter to one third are obese. This makes no sense.

Zoë was the first pupil from her school to graduate from Cambridge University. Whilst studying maths and economics at this historic institution, Zoë set out to answer the million dollar question - Why do you overeat? When all you want is to be slim? This became the title of Zoë's first book - published in 2004. Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight followed in 2008, with an accompanying recipe book and The Obesity Epidemic: What caused it? How can we stop it? was published in October 2010.

Having worked internationally as an HR Director/VP at blue chip organisations such as Mars, SmithKline Beecham and the Welsh Development Agency, Zoë left corporate life in 2008 to make diet and health her full time role. Since then, Zoë has set up The Harcombe Diet club, to provide on line support for people rejecting processed food in favour of what we should be eating - real food.

Zoë has a Diploma in Diet & Nutrition and a Diploma in Clinical Weight Management, but struggles to find anything that is being taught in 'conventional' nutritional worlds that is true or evidence based. Hence why she spent 2008-10 writing The Obesity Epidemic - 135,000 words blowing apart: the misapplication of thermodynamics to dieting; the notion that 1lb = 3,500 calories, let alone that a deficit of 3,500 calories will lead to a weight loss of 1lb; the Seven Countries Study and the subequent change in our diet advice, which has caused the obesity epidemic; the role of exercise in obesity and much more.

Zoë's personal values are health, relationships, personal development, mutuality and integrity. The order of the first two has not changed in 20 years. Her personal goal is two fold and complementary - to do whatever can be done to reverse the horrific, man-made, obesity epidemic and to make a difference in the lives of others.

Zoë lives in the Welsh countryside with her husband, Andy, a rescue dog and a rescue cat. Andy descibes her as friendly, enthusiastic, principled, chatty, passionate and short! She is a member of Mensa, but friends say she hides it well! Oher passions are rugby - especially Wales - cocoa & cocoa butter (i.e. real chocolate), the RSPCA, World Wildlife Fund and dinner parties. There can be little better in life than great company and great food - more of both and the world would be a happier and healthier place.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Zoe Harcombe demolishes our current wrong diet advice piece by piece in a thorough and scientific way that is still accessible to the lay person. This book would have to make even the most hardened sceptic think twice about the validity of the current public advice being given.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By Lizzi S
Format:Hardcover
This book is an amazing revelation into exposing the "myths" & "corruption" that has occured over the last 20 years or so concerning dietry advice & recommendations. The only loser in all of this is us, the human race, who have been pawns in a sick attempt for the big corporations to make more money by recommending their foods to be the healthiest, so we go out and buy more. By eating these processsed carbs instead of natural REAL foods, we have become more unhealthy & suffered more from chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

If you are interested in the health of yourself or a loved one, I would recommend you to read this book before it is too late. The research has been thorough and extensive. When you realise that there has been no evidence to back up "5 a day" or "eat less, do more", then it makes you question beliefs that you have held onto your whole life. Reading this book has been a shocking but yet liberating experience. I for one will be sticking to real foods, after all, meat, eggs & vegetables got us through the first million years of our evolution, why should anyone believe that cereals & bread are better?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastically informative book 22 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is a fantastically informative book and should be required reading for every dietician, nutritionist and everyone who works with overweight people. Zoe should be running the NHS department for obesity she would save the country a fortune.

It is so refreshing to find another nutritionist who knows that low calorie diets are wrong (and downright cruel) and that a high carbohydrate low fat diet doesn't work and makes us fatter in the long term.

Zoe's research is painstaking and very impressive. As our governments current answer to the obesity crisis is to recommend gastric banding (at a cost to the NHS of £200million plus per year, and a less than 50% success rate )maybe they could read Zoes book first and find something to help people that actually works at a fraction of the cost.

Marisa Peer nutritionist and author of You Can Be Thin
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book may change your life. 4 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have a genetic illness not yet fully diagnosed, which includes hypothyroidism and insulin resistance. I bought this book because no diet has ever worked for me and I am so heartily sick of carrying around the eight stones of excess weight that my condition has led to. I needed answers.

Now I have them and they are pretty shocking. I will be recommending this book to everyone I know, whilst also changing my eating habits as Zoe Halcombe suggests. I've ordered her diet and recipe books, too.

My daughter is also ill. This may have come in time to help ensure that she does not suffer the same fate as me. I hope so. If not, at least I know who to blame.

Thank you Zoe. Beautifully wriiten, beautifully presented.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By P. Feet
Format:Hardcover
I have a masters in Biology and have to admit I was a little sceptical before I started reading this book.
From reviews I knew that it would discuss many of todays dietary myths/truths that you read about almost daily in magazines, papers and in official publications:

Here are some of the myths discussed and dissected:

- Fat is bad for us
- Starchy carbohydrates should be the main building blocks of our diet
- Saturated fat causes heart disease
- We should eat more fibre
- Fruit and vegetables are the most nutritious things to eat
- You need to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
- Cholesterol is a dietary enemy
- Losing weight is about calories in vs calories out
- More exercise is a cure for the obesity epidemic
- Food advisory bodies give us sound, impartial advice

The book is well written and all conclusions are firmly based on scientific data and research.
The author is credible and stays loyal to the scientific method.

The book has some very interesting conclusions and was a big eye opener to me.

I highly recommend this book for every dietitian, researcher and other person interested in any of the topics mentioned above.

A must read.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital reading for all! 1 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
Before 1983 in this country, only 2-3% of the population were obese - now in 2010 it is 25%. How did this happen?
The current healthy eating advice from the government and other health bodies, which we have taking for granted as gospel truth, is turned on its head in this brilliantly written book by Zoe Harcombe.
Mantras such as '5 a day' and 'eat less, do more' as well as 'eat 3500 calories less to lose a pound' are ingrained in our society as are the principles of the 'eatwell' (or eatbadly) plate. Zoe has investigated the origins of these sayings and it is shocking to discover that there is no evidence that any of them have any basis in fact.
Add to this the chapter on 'conflicts of interest' and you will be amazed at who has been feeding you these myths which are making the obesity epidemic into a crisis!
For our children and future generations sake, this rise in obesity must be halted and Zoe Harcombe has found the way to do it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work
A magnificent book. I am only a few chapters in, but the use of clinical data and "layman's terms" make it so easy to understand what the author is telling us. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Margaret O'Neil
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Great book it really does put things into perspective for me. Zoe Harcombe has done her research well, and I now understand why I never really lost much weight on low fat diets.
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The key facts this book communicate are extremely important if we are to bring a halt to the rising rate of obesity in Western populations. Read more
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Best book regarding obesity I have ever read. How simple the solution to the current epidemic - so easy and economical to put into practice. Read more
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I like this book it make sense and understand that the way other see life and what can change. We need to read this book and read book like this. Great read too.
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