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Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health [NOOK Book]

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Do you believe that your weight should be within the range recommended by one of the various height-weight tables that are always appearing in books and magazines? That being overweight is unhealthy? That weight loss improves health?

Have you ever been told by your doctor to lose weight? Are you currently dieting or contemplating going on a diet? Have diets failed you or ...
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Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health

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Overview

Do you believe that your weight should be within the range recommended by one of the various height-weight tables that are always appearing in books and magazines? That being overweight is unhealthy? That weight loss improves health?

Have you ever been told by your doctor to lose weight? Are you currently dieting or contemplating going on a diet? Have diets failed you or made you feel like a failure? Do you feel people look down on you because of your weight? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then this book is for you.

Millions of Americans stigmatized as “too fat” need to be reassured that the roads to good health are wide enough for everyone. Here’s proof that people can be overweight and still be fit and healthy. Glenn Gaesser, an exercise physiologist, challenges the conventional wisdom that excess body fat poses a danger to health. This is an authoritative, clearly written book that is crucial reading for anyone who wants to take concrete steps towards improving their health – no matter what their size.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936077727
  • Publisher: Gurze Books
  • Publication date: 7/22/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 920,490
  • File size: 624 KB

Meet the Author

Glenn A. Gaesser lives in Charlottesville, VA. Steven N. Blair is the director of research at the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas.
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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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