Book Review: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
Friday, August 26, 2011
There is a lot of speculation in this book, but the speculation is based in scientific research. Taubes is not a health professional; he's a journalist and he does not intend the book to be a definitive answer, more a call for more research in some very promising areas. I've read some interesting criticisms of Taubes's ideas online and I don't think he has all the answers, but the research he presents is compelling enough to prompt further study.
One of Taubes overarching themes is that saying overweight is caused by overeating is like saying a crowed room is caused by more people entering than leaving. Neither answer addresses the reasons for the change. He also spends a considerable amount of time debunking the calories in vs. calories out model of weight loss. And, there is a lengthy discussion of the problems with the lipid hypothesis of heart disease.
I found this book really interesting and it doesn't read like a diet book at all...until the very end. I think he should have left the "diet" out at the end (it's in an appendix) as I think it detracts from the rest of the book. In spite of that, I'd still feel comfortable recommending this book to anyone interested in nutritional science.
Have you read this book? I'd love to hear other thoughts.