Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

by Robert H. Lustig
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Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease by Robert H. Lustig

The landmark New York Times best seller that reveals how the explosion of sugar in our diets has created an obesity epidemic, and what we can do to save ourselves.

Robert Lustig is at the forefront of war against sugar — showing us that it's toxic, it's addictive, and it's everywhere because the food companies want it to be. His 90-minute YouTube video "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" has been viewed more than 7 million times. Now, in this landmark book, he documents the science and the politics that have led to personal misery and public crisis — the pandemic of obesity and chronic disease—over the last thirty years.
In the late 1970s, when the U.S. government declared that we needed to get the fat out of our diets, the food industry responded by pumping in more sugar to make food more palatable (and more salable), and by removing the fiber to make food last longer on the shelf. The result has been a perfect storm for our health, disastrously altering our biochemistry to make us think we're starving, drive our eating habits out of our control, and turn us into couch potatoes. If we cannot control how we eat, it's because of the catastrophic excess of sugar in our diet—the resulting hormonal imbalances have rewired our brains!
To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents strategies we can each use to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress, as well as societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. With scientific rigor and even a little humor, Fat Chance categorically proves that "a calorie is not a calorie," and takes that knowledge to its logical conclusion—an overhaul of the global food system.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142180433
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 111,880
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., MSL,is professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco. He has authored 120 peer-reviewed articles and 70 reviews, as well as The Fat Chance Cookbook and the upcoming The Hacking of the American Mind. He has mentored 30 pediatric endocrine fellows and trained numerous other allied health professionals. He is the former chairman of the Obesity Task Force of the Pediatric Endocrine Society, a member of the Obesity Task Force of the Endocrine Society, and a member of the Pediatric Obesity Devices Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is also the president of the nonprofit Institute for Responsible Nutrition, dedicated to reversing childhood obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. He consults for several childhood obesity advocacy groups and government agencies.

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Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an oustanding eye opener about how dependent we have become on sugar in our everyday diets and how our health is being effected by it. I bought the book and couldn't put it down. It is very well written and the science and patient studies really prove how our children are suffering from sugar  which is present in most of our food. This is a "must read book"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of us think of sugar as benign, empty calories. Cookies, cake, candy...delicious treats in moderation...that's what we think, right? NOT! How about toxic? How about orange juice is higher on the clycemic index than Coke? A must-read for all, especially parents. The addictions are real! Food producersm know the magic formula for ensnaring us...and they know that once trapped, you'll have the fight of your life to break free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book and I had a hard time putting it down. It is heavy into biochemistry but Dr. Lustig does a great job of putting this into terms for the layperson. I'm so thrilled to hear someone from mainstream medicine confirm that there are hormonal impacts from our environment. This isn't new but I believe that it is often overlooked. This will change how I eat and how I guide my family to eat. I highly recommend this book! Dr. Lustig not only puts fabulous and fascinating information into this book, but he's also funny and has a great writing style. I also watched his 90 minute video on YouTube and he's an engaging speaker. I'll look forward to reading more of his work!
BeeEhn More than 1 year ago
In Fat Chance, Dr. Lustig really gets into the science of obesity and weight gain. While the chapters may get dull at times (the last section of the book is basically about food in our political system), there is wonderful information about how we can use food to our advantage! I was a fan.
MischW More than 1 year ago
If you are concerned about the obesity epidemic or just your own health, I highly recommend this book. Dr Lustig does a very thorough job in stating how the way we've been eating directly affects our health and well being. Some of the chapters where he gets into the scientific, may be a little rough for some readers, but overall a very informative text that has me examining the way I eat and what I eat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely helpful in informing the readers on why sugar is so bad for us and what it does to our bodies. I do recommend the book but the author goes into such detail (all good stuff) that it reads much like a medical textbook and it was a tough read for me. I had previously purchased and read this author's book, The Fat Chance Cookbook, and I feel that the first 50-60 pages of the cookbook gives a very good overview of Fat Chance. Unless you want to get into the actual medical reasons for why sugar and processed food is so bad for you, I'd actually recommend buying and reading The Fat Chance Cookbook and afterwards, if you feel the need for more information, buy Fat Chance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a "diet" book. In view of our obesity crisis and the illnesses that our American diet are causing, Dr. Lustig explains exactly what happens in our bodies when we eat all of this processed food that we are confronted with in our country these days. He describes why our bodies simply cannot cope with all this refined food with far too much sugar. He helps me understand what goes on in my body when I do not provide it with decent nutrition. He explains why it is so difficult to change our eating habits. He doesn't just tell us to eat real, unprocessed food with very little sugar and lots of fiber. He tells us why we really, really need to do this to reduce obesity and to prevent illnesses that can be caused by poor nutrition. This is an excellent and very helpful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eye opening book from a hugely knowledgeable figure. He does not indorse any type of diet, but goes into detail on what these substances do to your body. He also shines a light on food politics and how much the government and certain companies stand to benefit from influencing what we eat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While it is scientifically written, it was fascinating. I finally understand how important controlling our insulin is. I lost 20 something pounds after reading this book. Fiber and no "sugar" is the way to go. Everyone should read this book. I've given copies to my siblings. I am healthier and thinner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! We all know sugar isn't good for us. But nobody EVER explained to me how harmful it is, and why. A recent diagnosis of prediabetes led me to this book, and I am so glad it did. I admit I skimmed a lot of the biochemistry stuff because even if I took the time to understand it, I would never remember it. It didn't detract from the book for me. But I know now how sugar and too many refined carbs are brutal for your liver and lead to a vicious cycle that leads to diabetes for many people. I had always thought that someone would have to pry my chocolate from my cold dead hands, but now I understand the importance of avoiding the bad stuff. The book contains charts of various foods and how often you should eat them based on how healthy they are. I'm so grateful for such a wonderful resource.
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Lucky_Old_Son More than 1 year ago
The many diets and dieting subjects before the public these days is sickening! Lustig does a decent job of putting the ABC's of body chemistry in the food/diet arena. Learning why the fat doesn't go away is worth learning. Foods are necessary but trigger good and bad reactions. I learned why my favorites kept my stomach pregnant.
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Knitmom81 More than 1 year ago
So much of this book was difficult to understand, but the author seems to have good credentials and know the science. I'm sure we will get more on this topic as time progresses.