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Addicted to Food: Understanding the obesity epidemic (Kindle Single) (Guardian Shorts Book 56) by [Erlichman, James]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 249 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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I would urge anybody who is concerned about the health of their own and future generations to read this book. Not necessarily to agree with everything set down here but to look at some the arguments for a much more critical approach to our major food producers. Is it right, for example, that we (rightly) tax tobacco and alcohol in part to discourage consumption and yet we do not tax highly sugared and fatty foods?

A central thesis of the book is that many of the more harmful foods are addictive in much the same way as many drugs. They trigger similar reactions in the brain.

It's relatively short, well argued and easy to read. Controversial and stimulating.
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This was my first Kindle single, really glad I got it, very educational without all the fluff that can fill up non-fiction titles when they are trying to fill a book.

If you want a comprehensive summary of what we as individuals and as a wider society need to do about our expanding waistlines - this is for you
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This book s a fascinating review of the causes of obesity, including sugar as an addictive agent, and the availability of cheap empty calories in fast food, biscuits, donuts etc.
Politicians should all read it, and anyone who wants to understand why so many of us now fat and unfit.
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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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A brilliant reference book which I keep re-reading as a reminder to change habits,

Deserving of 5 stars but only given 4 to highlight to other purchasers that hard copy is far preferable to kindle for reference books. Yes, there is a contents page and indexes. But this book needs to be flicked through backwards and forwards to maximise its benefits.

Everyone with sugar cravings should read this book.
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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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