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The 'truth' about obesity, weight loss and health?

Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight -- And What We Can Do About It

by Harriet Brown
(De Capo Press,

Reports in the media suggest that obesity is a growing danger. Too many people weigh too much and the numbers of such individuals have increased substantially over the last decades. Such excess weight is associated with a variety of diseases and other negative consequences, ranging from high blood pressure to inability to fit into an airline seat, from diabetes to coffins that are too small for obese deceased.

Yet such narratives of obesity are increasingly challenged.



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