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One of only a few bariatric doctors to be named as a fellow of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, Rigden here presents a fresh view of the plight of the chronically overweight person by describing in detail five common yet rarely diagnosed metabolic issues that plague a significant percentage of those who are obese. He shares important insights about carbohydrate sensitivity, the metabolic syndrome, hormonal imbalances, food hypersensitivities, and weight gain related to impaired liver problems. Each section of his book contains a screening questionnaire to help readers determine their particular issues as well as nutritional and behavioral advice on dealing with each metabolic type. Case stories illustrate the concept that everyone has unique metabolism and body-type combinations that require specific diets, supplements, and exercise in order to achieve one's best state of health. An insightful chapter on addressing emotional eating and a small appendix of recipes round out the book. Recommended for public libraries and any library with a holistic medicine collection.