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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Books; Reprint edition (20 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307474259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307474254
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
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"Taubes stands the received wisdom about diet and exercise on its head."
--"The New York Times"
"Well-researched and thoughtful. . . . Taubes has done us a great service by bringing these issues to the table."
--"The Boston Globe"
"Compelling and convincing. . . . Taubes breaks it down for us from historical and, more importantly, scientific perspectives."
--"Philadelphia Daily News"
"Taubes's critique is so pointed and vociferous that reading him will change the way you look at calories, the food pyramid, and your daily diet."
--"Men's Journal"
"Taubes is a science journalist's science journalist, who researches topics to the point of obsession--actually, well beyond that point--and never dumbs things down for readers."
--"Scientific American"
"Important. . . . This excellent book, built on sound research and common sense, contains essential information."
--"Tucson Citizen"
"This brave, paradigm-shifting man uses logic and the primary literature to unhinge the nutritional mantra of the last eighty years."
--"Choice"
"Less dense and easier to read [than" Good Calories, Bad Calories"] but no less revelatory."
--"The Oregonian"
"An exhaustive investigation."
--"The Daily Beast"
"Backed by a persuasive amount of detail. . . . As an award-winning scientific journalist who spent the past decade rigorously tracking down and assimilating obesity research, he's uniquely qualified to understand and present the big picture of scientific opinions and results. Despite legions of researchers and billions of government dollars expended, Taubes is the one to painstakingly compile this information, assimilate it, and make it available to the public. . . . Taubes does the important and extraordinary work of pulling it all together for us."
--"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"
"Clear and accessible . . . Taubes's conviction alone makes" Why We Get Fat "well worth considering."
--"Bookpage"
"[Taubes] is helping to reshape the conversation about what makes the American diet so fattening."
--"Details"
"Taubes is a relentless researcher."
--"The Washington Post Book World"
"[Taubes's] major conclusions are somewhat startling yet surprisingly convincing. . . . His writing reflects his passion for scientific truth."
--"Chicago Sun-Times"

Taubes stands the received wisdom about diet and exercise on its head.
"The New York Times"
Well-researched and thoughtful. . . . Taubes has done us a great service by bringing these issues to the table.
"The Boston Globe"
Compelling and convincing. . . . Taubes breaks it down for us from historical and, more importantly, scientific perspectives.
"Philadelphia Daily News"
Taubes s critique is so pointed and vociferous that reading him will change the way you look at calories, the food pyramid, and your daily diet.
"Men s Journal"
Taubes is a science journalist s science journalist, who researches topics to the point of obsession actually, well beyond that point and never dumbs things down for readers.
"Scientific American"
Important. . . . This excellent book, built on sound research and common sense, contains essential information.
"Tucson Citizen"
This brave, paradigm-shifting man uses logic and the primary literature to unhinge the nutritional mantra of the last eighty years.
"Choice"
Less dense and easier to read [than" Good Calories, Bad Calories"] but no less revelatory.
"The Oregonian"
An exhaustive investigation.
"The Daily Beast"
Backed by a persuasive amount of detail. . . . As an award-winning scientific journalist who spent the past decade rigorously tracking down and assimilating obesity research, he s uniquely qualified to understand and present the big picture of scientific opinions and results. Despite legions of researchers and billions of government dollars expended, Taubes is the one to painstakingly compile this information, assimilate it, and make it available to the public. . . . Taubes does the important and extraordinary work of pulling it all together for us.
"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"
Clear and accessible . . . Taubes s conviction alone makes" Why We Get Fat "well worth considering.
"Bookpage"
[Taubes] is helping to reshape the conversation about what makes the American diet so fattening.
"Details"
Taubes is a relentless researcher.
"The Washington Post Book World"
[Taubes s] major conclusions are somewhat startling yet surprisingly convincing. . . . His writing reflects his passion for scientific truth.
"Chicago Sun-Times""

Taubes stands the received wisdom about diet and exercise on its head.
The New York Times
Well-researched and thoughtful. . . . Taubes has done us a great service by bringing these issues to the table.
The Boston Globe
Compelling and convincing. . . . Taubes breaks it down for us from historical and, more importantly, scientific perspectives.
Philadelphia Daily News
Taubes s critique is so pointed and vociferous that reading him will change the way you look at calories, the food pyramid, and your daily diet.
Men s Journal
Taubes is a science journalist s science journalist, who researches topics to the point of obsession actually, well beyond that point and never dumbs things down for readers.
Scientific American
Important. . . . This excellent book, built on sound research and common sense, contains essential information.
Tucson Citizen
This brave, paradigm-shifting man uses logic and the primary literature to unhinge the nutritional mantra of the last eighty years.
Choice
Less dense and easier to read [than Good Calories, Bad Calories] but no less revelatory.
The Oregonian
An exhaustive investigation.
The Daily Beast
Backed by a persuasive amount of detail. . . . As an award-winning scientific journalist who spent the past decade rigorously tracking down and assimilating obesity research, he s uniquely qualified to understand and present the big picture of scientific opinions and results. Despite legions of researchers and billions of government dollars expended, Taubes is the one to painstakingly compile this information, assimilate it, and make it available to the public. . . . Taubes does the important and extraordinary work of pulling it all together for us.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Clear and accessible . . . Taubes s conviction alone makes Why We Get Fat well worth considering.
Bookpage
[Taubes] is helping to reshape the conversation about what makes the American diet so fattening.
Details
Taubes is a relentless researcher.
The Washington Post Book World
[Taubes s] major conclusions are somewhat startling yet surprisingly convincing. . . . His writing reflects his passion for scientific truth.
Chicago Sun-Times

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"Taubes stands the received wisdom about diet and exercise on its head."
--The New York Times
"Well-researched and thoughtful. . . . Taubes has done us a great service by bringing these issues to the table."
--The Boston Globe
"Compelling and convincing. . . . Taubes breaks it down for us from historical and, more importantly, scientific perspectives."
--Philadelphia Daily News
"Taubes's critique is so pointed and vociferous that reading him will change the way you look at calories, the food pyramid, and your daily diet."
--Men's Journal
"Taubes is a science journalist's science journalist, who researches topics to the point of obsession--actually, well beyond that point--and never dumbs things down for readers."
--Scientific American
"Important. . . . This excellent book, built on sound research and common sense, contains essential information."
--Tucson Citizen
"This brave, paradigm-shifting man uses logic and the primary literature to unhinge the nutritional mantra of the last eighty years."
--Choice
"Less dense and easier to read [than Good Calories, Bad Calories] but no less revelatory."
--The Oregonian
"An exhaustive investigation."
--The Daily Beast
"Backed by a persuasive amount of detail. . . . As an award-winning scientific journalist who spent the past decade rigorously tracking down and assimilating obesity research, he's uniquely qualified to understand and present the big picture of scientific opinions and results. Despite legions of researchers and billions of government dollars expended, Taubes is the one to painstakingly compile this information, assimilate it, and make it available to the public. . . . Taubes does the important and extraordinary work of pulling it all together for us."
--Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Clear and accessible . . . Taubes's conviction alone makes Why We Get Fat well worth considering."
--Bookpage
"[Taubes] is helping to reshape the conversation about what makes the American diet so fattening."
--Details
"Taubes is a relentless researcher."
--The Washington Post Book World
"[Taubes's] major conclusions are somewhat startling yet surprisingly convincing. . . . His writing reflects his passion for scientific truth."
--Chicago Sun-Times



-Taubes stands the received wisdom about diet and exercise on its head.-
--The New York Times
-Well-researched and thoughtful. . . . Taubes has done us a great service by bringing these issues to the table.-
--The Boston Globe
-Compelling and convincing. . . . Taubes breaks it down for us from historical and, more importantly, scientific perspectives.-
--Philadelphia Daily News
-Taubes's critique is so pointed and vociferous that reading him will change the way you look at calories, the food pyramid, and your daily diet.-
--Men's Journal
-Taubes is a science journalist's science journalist, who researches topics to the point of obsession--actually, well beyond that point--and never dumbs things down for readers.-
--Scientific American
-Important. . . . This excellent book, built on sound research and common sense, contains essential information.-
--Tucson Citizen
-This brave, paradigm-shifting man uses logic and the primary literature to unhinge the nutritional mantra of the last eighty years.-
--Choice
-Less dense and easier to read [than Good Calories, Bad Calories] but no less revelatory.-
--The Oregonian
-An exhaustive investigation.-
--The Daily Beast
-Backed by a persuasive amount of detail. . . . As an award-winning scientific journalist who spent the past decade rigorously tracking down and assimilating obesity research, he's uniquely qualified to understand and present the big picture of scientific opinions and results. Despite legions of researchers and billions of government dollars expended, Taubes is the one to painstakingly compile this information, assimilate it, and make it available to the public. . . . Taubes does the important and extraordinary work of pulling it all together for us.-
--Seattle Post-Intelligencer
-Clear and accessible . . . Taubes's conviction alone makes Why We Get Fat well worth considering.-
--Bookpage
-[Taubes] is helping to reshape the conversation about what makes the American diet so fattening.-
--Details
-Taubes is a relentless researcher.-
--The Washington Post Book World
-[Taubes's] major conclusions are somewhat startling yet surprisingly convincing. . . . His writing reflects his passion for scientific truth.-
--Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

GARY TAUBES is cofounder and senior scientific advisor of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He's an award-winning science and health journalist, the author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, and a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for the journal Science. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire, and has been included in numerous Best of anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers. He is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He lives in Oakland, California.


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As an obese man, no wonder diets have failed or worked suddenly then rebounded. This book does not preach a diet but gives informed medical advice based on thorough research and non-bias. This book ultimately has changed my life and will hopefully save it. I feel cheated not knowing the stuff in this book and basing my knowledge off of other misinformed individuals in my life. I feel equipped with the facts, figures and drive to lose weight. Thank you!
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Amazing book has really changed my relationship with food, in a positive way. A bit sciencey at times but is necessary if you want to learn more about your body.
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Good book, a lot of common sense
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Excellent read.
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an interesting book giving an insight as to why we are increasing in weight.
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Outstanding - provides the necessary strength of argument to overcome my scepticism that this is just another fad. I'll miss potatoes though!!
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Don't buy this book expecting miracles. Not too much advice on what to actually do about it..
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Very interesting if not a little in depth even for a nurse like me. Always thought the stuff pumped out by Gov & media is skewed.
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