Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
And What to Do About It

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An eye-opening, myth-shattering examination of what makes us fat, from acclaimed science writer Gary Taubes.

In his New York Times best seller, Good Calories, Bad Calories, Taubes argued that our diet’s overemphasis on certain kinds of carbohydrates—not fats and not simply excess calories—has led directly to the obesity epidemic we face today. The result of thorough research, keen insight, and unassailable common sense, Good Calories, Bad Calories immediately stirred controversy and acclaim among academics, journalists, and writers alike. Michael Pollan heralded it as “a vitally important book, destined to change the way we think about food.”

Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century, none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat, and the good science that has been ignored, especially regarding insulin’s regulation of our fat tissue. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid?

Packed with essential information and concluding with an easy-to-follow diet, Why We Get Fat is an invaluable key in our understanding of an international epidemic and a guide to what each of us can do about it.


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About Gary Taubes

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Gary Taubes is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine, and his writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and Esquire. His work has been included in The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010), and has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers, the only print journalist so recognized. He is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. He lives in Berkeley.
 
Published December 28, 2010 by Anchor. 288 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Cooking. Non-fiction

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The author closely examines a 2007 Stanford University comparative study of heart-risk factors, which showed that low-carbohydrate diets high in saturated fat were the best by all criteria, with the exception of the increase in high-density lipids, which Taubes believes to be insignificant.

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In the opposite corner we have Gary Taubes, the science journalist who has thrown in his lot with the high-fat, high-protein crowd, arguing in his new book that the overweight should just put down their apples and walk away: “If we’re predisposed to put on fat, it’s a good bet that most fruit wil...

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BC Books

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Gary Taubes’ book is a wonderful contribution to the literature on how to avoid obesity.

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“… the individuals involved in this research have not only wasted decades of time, effort, and money, but have done incalculable damage along the way.” Taubes is on a mission to undo the many misconceptions that “pass for public health and medical advice…and to arm you with the necessary inform...

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As for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, I applaud the show for trying to improve the quality of the food consumed in this country, but without realizing that obesity and diabetes are fundamentally caused by the type of carbohydrate-rich foods we consume—not the fats or the overall calories—whateve...

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Examiner

In its most basic form, the individual eats items such as red meats, sugar substitutes, bacon, butter, cream, etc., takes a laundry list of supplements, and eschews foods such as grains, tuberous vegetables, fruits, and all sugars.

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Suite 101

Disney is cutting junk food ads and has created a healthy food check mark system to help kids make better choices.

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The Daily Beast

“Just because you can eat it doesn’t mean it’s food,” says De Vany, who abhors French fries, diet sodas, high fructose corn syrup, and bread (“the ultimate poverty food”).

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Seattle PI

When insulin levels go up, fat is stored, and when insulin levels go down, fat is released.

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People

Instead he prescribes filling up on proteins, fats and a minimum of three cups of salad greens and non-starchy vegetables each day.

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Daily Kos

I like meat too - and eat it fairly regularly - but I also recognize that most of us in the rich countries eat more of it than is likely good for us.

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Diets in Review

And since the amount of fat we accumulate is fundamentally regulated by the hormone insulin, the obvious culprits for why we get fat are the carbohydrates in our diet, because, succinctly put, it’s carbs that regulate our insulin levels.

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Diets in Review

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Ben Casnocha

Pick a disease from the list of Western diseases, and a pair of locations—one urban, say, and one rural, or one Westernized and one not—compare people in the same age groups, and the disease will be more common in the urban and Westernized locations and less common outside them.

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Serious Eats

We won't sell or share it with anyone.

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The Stranger

I get that you think you're actually helping people and society by contributing to the fucking Alp of shame that crushes every fat person every day of their lives—the same shame that makes it a radical act for me to post a picture of my body and tell you how much it weighs.

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