Big Fat Lies: The Truth about Your Weight and Your Health

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Your doctor won't tell you. The media and fashion gurus certainly won't. And those in the weight-loss industry would be out of business if they told the truth: You can be overweight and still be fit and healthy. In Big Fat Lies, Dr. Glenn A. Gaesser reveals the truth about the relationship between body weight and health, exposing the myth that being fat is a life-threatening condition, using the latest medical research. Among the many amazing facts you will learn when you read this book are: there is no ...
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Overview

Your doctor won't tell you. The media and fashion gurus certainly won't. And those in the weight-loss industry would be out of business if they told the truth: You can be overweight and still be fit and healthy. In Big Fat Lies, Dr. Glenn A. Gaesser reveals the truth about the relationship between body weight and health, exposing the myth that being fat is a life-threatening condition, using the latest medical research. Among the many amazing facts you will learn when you read this book are: there is no connection between fat-clogged arteries and obesity; overweight men and women who exercise regularly have a lower risk for premature death than thin men and women who do not exercise; body fat is beneficial, depending on its location, and can protect against heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer; for millions of people, weights above those recommended by the height-weight tables are actually better for health and longevity; weight fluctuation or yo-yo dieting may ultimately be fatal because of the damage it does to the vascular system; and dieting may be the reason for your weight gain. Dr. Gaesser gives you a whole new way of thinking about your body that helps you achieve your own natural weight for optimal health and fitness: the Twenty/Twenty Program for Metabolic Fitness. It's so easy, you need just two minutes a day to start it. And once you put the program completely into effect, it requires just an average of twenty minutes per day of light to moderate activity and a delicious, satisfying complex-carbohydrate eating plan that aims for an average of 20 percent fat.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780936077420
  • Publisher: Gurze Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 370,220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction 3
1 Weight: An Unhealthy Obsession 17
2 How Obesity Got Such a Bad Name 31
3 Obesity a Killer Disease? A Closer Look at the Evidence 59
4 Thinness: Lifesaver or Killer? 79
5 "Ideal" Height-Weight Tables: Measuring the Unmeasurable 109
6 Good Body Fat, Bad Body Fat 127
7 Diet and Die 153
8 Metabolic Fitness: What It Means, How to Achieve It 183
9 Exercise for Metabolic Fitness: Shaping Up Without Necessarily Changing Shape 203
10 Nutrition for Metabolic Fitness 231
References 267
Additional Recommended Reading 289
Organizations, Newsletters, and Magazines That Promote a Non-Dieting, Size-Acceptance Philosophy 291
Index 293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005

    An amazing revelation and change in my life...

    If you weigh 200 pounds, you're going to die early. If you can just get your weight down, you'll be so much better off. I'm fat because I don't diet more often... This book uses careful dissection of studies and fact to prove all of the above wrong. It explains what WILL kill you, and how such huge misconceptions about weight came to be 'known fact'. I loved that the book tried so hard to back up everything it said with not just 1 study but 5 or 6, and gives actual numbers and points out flaws in the methods used by researchers. I really feel equipped to identify what is unhealthy, and what's just someone who doesn't like how I look in spandex talking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    The Truth about Weight Tables

    I learned the truth about both Weight Tables and Diets, as well as the importance of Nutrition and Exercise. In this book, Dr Glaesser explains the historical context of the American Weight Tables and their formation by Met Life Insurance Company. His extensive research has shown that people with higher weights can be fit and sometimes even fitter than the ones that actually fit into the prescribed weight tables. For me this is a startling finding. I am relieved to learn that Glaesser recommends allowing our bodies to equilibrate around our natural set point rather than yo-yo dieting to try to attain a weight that we have been taught is optimal. In depth discussions of good vs bad types of body fat are also informative and further make Big Fat Lies a good and instructive read.

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