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Thinfluence: Thin-flu-ence (noun) the powerful and surprising effect friends, family, work, and environment have on weight [Kindle Edition]

Walter C. Willett , Malissa Wood , Dan Childs
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Tackling a weight problem is often viewed as a personal responsibility that requires making healthier choices. The latest research, however, shows that external factors--from family and friendships to advertising and the workplace environment--have an equal, if not greater, impact on America's growing waistline. Just look at the stats: A person's chance of becoming obese increases by 57 percent if a close friend is obese, 40 percent if a sibling is obese, and 37 percent if a spouse is obese.

That's where Thinfluence comes in. Through a research-based examination of various social, environmental, and policy-based issues, renowned Harvard researchers Dr. Walter Willett and Dr. Malissa Wood examine how relationships, workplace, media, and other factors are affecting readers' weights. Thinfluence doesn't tell readers to ditch their friends and family, change jobs, or move to another state. It offers a clear three-step action plan--analyze, act, influence--for readers to identify hidden factors affecting weight, develop a personal toolbox to combat external effects, and become positive influences on others around them..

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WALTER WILLETT, MD, DrPH, is a professor of epidemiology and nutrition and chairman of the department of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. His bestselling book Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy helped change the USDA Food Pyramid. He lives in Cambridge, MA.MALISSA WOOD, MD, is a clinical cardiologist and staff physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, codirector of the Corrigan Women's Health Program, assistant professor of clinical medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the lead investigator of the HAPPY Heart trial. She lives in Concord, MA.DAN CHILDS is the managing editor of medical coverage for ABC News. He lives in New York City.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 941 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale; 1 edition (13 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #741,984 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Shirin
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Useless book that takes way too long to make a point that is made in one sentence in the title. Disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Supplement to any Diet Book or Program 14 May 2014
By Talvi - Published on
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Thinfluence should not be considered a stand alone diet book; rather, this is a an excellent supplement/resource to any diet or lifestyle change program you follow to help increase your ability to lose weight and eat healthier. What this book does that I haven't seen any other do is to tackle the outside social influences that inhibit or make much more difficult the ability to eat healthier. I've read diet books about carbs, calories, emotions, genetics, hormones, age, etc., but this is the first book I've seen solely dedicated to tackling issues of family, friends, workplace, and environment/location.

The book is broken down as follows: Chapter 1 is an introduction to the ideas in Thinfluence. Chapter 2 discusses emotional eating and how to deal with it. Chapter 3 tackles family and how to deal with everyone's varied eating habits (the thin ones, the lazy ones, the stubborn ones, etc.) and strategies to bring them into a better eating lifestyle with you. Chapter 4 covers friends and any organizations you may be in - coping with eating out, eating in various celebration situations, etc. Chapter 5 discusses how to eat better in the workplace. Chapter 6 shows how to evaluate your 'food environment' and make it easier and more enticing to eat the right foods. Chapter 7 also discusses the food environment, this time tackling tv watching and exercise. Chapter 8 goes over media influences on our food choices, including junk food commercials and 'quick fix' diets. Chapter 9 discusses policy - how to work with your local city, state, and other government officials to develop programs and policies for better eating lifestyles. The last chapter summarizes without repetition.

All the chapters have personal examples of people with weight problems and the factors that were contributing to that problem. At the end of each chapter are subsections called Analyze, Act, and Influence. Analyze asks a short series of questions to hone in on your particular situation. Once you add up your responses in the Analyze section, you'll get a score that you reference in the Act area to create the best possible solution to your personal problem areas with weight loss. Influence lists the positive outcomes that result from addressing that chapter's issues - motivation, really. The Analyze questionnaires are typically only 3 questions long and very easy to answer - they work in levels of degree of a certain aspect or problem.

The author does a good job of ensuring the book can target each reader's unique situation. It doesn't feel generic at all and a lot of situations are covered - from kids who want junk food all day, grandmothers who reward with food, to coworkers who pressure you through peer situations at company lunches or dinners.

If the book has a flaw, it's that being overweight is too often a lonely thing but the emphasis throughout the book is to use peer groups to motivate. Readers are given different ideas for finding peers who also want to lose weight but e.g., a stay-at-home mom without an extensive social network could find this daunting.

Thinfluence isn't a diet book and there are no recipes. But it is a lifestyle evaluation and reeducation plan to help with one of the most difficult and least addressed issues of any diet: the influence that peers and your environment have on your eating choices. The book does an excellent job of suggesting solutions, most of which are not drastic, to deal with the 'soft' side of a diet (read: social).

As noted earlier, this is a great companion for ANY diet book or program since it addresses an real problem that rarely, if ever, gets considered. Yet is such a huge factor on our ability to not only lose weight but to redefine our lifestyles in order to live longer and healthier.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinfluence a great road map for loosing weight and getting healthy 25 May 2014
By robert west - Published on
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Finally a book about being overweight that understands the complicated issues envolved in trying to lose weight. The authors do this very effectively through stories about real people with weight issues. They give you a framework to help you identify the influences that effect your weight and health, in your home, in your work environment, and in society at large. They then follow that up with a guide to help you develop your own plans and solutions that are realistic in achieving your goals. The next aspect of the book is how to become a positive influence influence on the people around you.
I enthusiastically recommend this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing really new 25 July 2014
By A. Wickman - Published on
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This book would be OK for someone who's never read anything relating to this subject. But as a person who's not overweight because he hasn't read enough, I really didn't find anything in the book that I hadn't seen before. My wife (a nurse, but who hasn't read a lot of weight-loss and weight-control books), was of a similar opinion as me. But if you haven't read a reasonable amount relating to this subject, you may find out a few things you didn't realize. And my battle to lose my weight over the years has been one of changing various little things, a bit at a time. (While still overweight, I'm 60 pounds lighter than I was 15 years ago.) So if you haven't read much, and can pick up just a few little things to help you, then this book may be worth its modest cost.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another Diet Book 9 Jun. 2014
By Rob Wood - Published on
Thinfluence thoughtfully examines the real life challenges of maintaining a sensible diet while juggling the tastes and desires of family members and others in our daily orbit. This book is less about specific foods and more about managing the relationships that influence our eating habits. I found it to be eye opening and thought provoking. The authors don't just identify the problem but offer hands on, long term strategies for balancing wise eating choices with healthy personal relationships. Thinfluence looks at eating habits through a fresh lens and will make a difference in peoples lives...if they take the time to read it. Bravo!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting 15 Jun. 2014
By Katarina Ortmann - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Very interesting to read, full of great information, which seems so obvious when you read it, but not anything I've ever really thought about. But now that I have read it, it makes so much sense that my family, friends, co-workers, and my home or other environments have an effect on me, my mood, my perception, my habits, esp eating habits, and the amount of exercise I get.

The book is structured in such a way that each chapter deals with one influencer on your life, but each chapter builds on previous ones.
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