Eat Like a Pig, Run Like a Horse: How Food Fights Hijacked Our Health and the New Science of Exercise

Eat Like a Pig, Run Like a Horse: How Food Fights Hijacked Our Health and the New Science of Exercise

by Anastacia Marx de Salcedo
Eat Like a Pig, Run Like a Horse: How Food Fights Hijacked Our Health and the New Science of Exercise

Eat Like a Pig, Run Like a Horse: How Food Fights Hijacked Our Health and the New Science of Exercise

by Anastacia Marx de Salcedo

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Overview

There is no magic pill. There is no perfect diet. Could it be that our underlying assumption—that what we’re eating is making us fat and sick—is just plain wrong?

To address the rapid rise of “lifestyle diseases” like diabetes and heart disease, scientists have conducted a whopping 500,000 studies of diet and another 300,000 of obesity. Journalists have written close to 250 million news articles combined about these topics.

Yet nothing seems to halt the epidemic. Anastacia Marx de Salcedo’s Eat Like a Pig, Run Like a Horse looks not just to data-driven science, but to animals and the natural world around us for a new approach. What she finds will transform the national debate about the root causes of our most pervasive diseases and offer hope of dramatically reducing the number who suffer—no matter what they eat.

It all began with her own medical miracle—she has multiple sclerosis but has discovered that daily exercise was key to keeping it from progressing. And now, new research backs up her own experience. This revelation prompted Marx de Salcedo to ask what would happen if people with lifestyle illnesses put physical activity front and center in their daily lives?

Eat Like a Pig, Run Like a Horse takes us on a fascinating journey that weaves together true confessions, mad(ish) scientists, and beguiling animal stories. Marx de Salcedo shows that we need to move beyond our current diet-focused model to a new, dynamic concept of metabolism as regulated by exercise. Suddenly the answer to good health is almost embarrassingly simple. Don’t worry about what you eat. Worry about how much you move.

In a few years’ time, adhering to a finicky Keto, Paleo, low-carb, or any other special diet to stay healthy will be as antiquated as using Daffy’s Elixir or Dr. Bonker’s Celebrated Egyptian Oil—popular “medicines” from the 1800s—to cure disease. And just as the 19th-century health revolution was based on a new understanding that the true cause of malaria, tuberculosis, and cholera was microorganisms, so the coming 21st-century one will be based on our new understanding that exercise is the only way to metabolic health. Fascinating and brilliant, Eat Like a Pig, Run Like a Horse is primed to usher in that new era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643138367
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/05/2022
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo is a nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, SalonSlate, Vice, and on PBS and NPR blogs. She has worked as a public health consultant, news magazine publisher, and public policy researcher. She is the author of Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat, also published in Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese, and lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit AnastaciaMarxdeSalcedo.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

1 Poster Child for Multiple Sclerosis 1

2 Fat Cats and Diabetic Dogs 17

3 The Fault Isn't in Our Food 44

4 Meaty Mice and the Men and Women Who Overfeed Them 66

5 How Food Fights Hijacked Our Health 105

6 Treadmill-Trotting Pigs 133

7 Backstroke-Swimming Roundworms 159

8 The Man versus Horse Marathon 183

9 Bats, Babies, and Immunity 218

10 The Exercise Diet 247

Footnotes 255

Sources 259

Index 279

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