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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (583 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert H. Lustig Narrator: Jonathan Todd Ros Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Robert Lustig’s ninety minute YouTube video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” has been viewed more than two million times. Now, in this much anticipated book, he documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last thirty years.

In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.

To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. Compelling, controversial, and completely based in science, Fat Chance debunks the widely held notion to prove “a calorie is not a calorie,” and takes that science to its logical conclusion to improve health worldwide.

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  • “The obesity pandemic is well documented. But what can be done about it? More importantly, when does a personal health issue rise to become a public health crisis? In Fat Chance, Dr. Robert Lustig examines the science of obesity to determine the role that our current diet (especially too much sugar and too little fiber) plays in weight gain and disease. Using that knowledge, he proposes changes in our personal, public, and governmental attitudes to combat this scourge. Fat Chance is a ‘savory’ read with a ‘sweet’ finish.”

    Sanjay Gupta, MD, neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent

  • “Our eating habits are killing us. In this timely and important book, Dr. Robert Lustig presents the scientific evidence for the toxicity of sugar and the disastrous effects of modern industrial food on the hormones that control hunger, satiety, and weight. He gives recommendations for a personal solution to the problem we face and also suggests a public policy solution. Fat Chance is the best book I’ve read on the relationship between diet and health and the clearest explanation of epidemic obesity in our society.”

    Andrew Weil, MD, author of Spontaneous Happiness and You Can’t Afford to Get Sick

  • “Robert Lustig is neither ringing an alarm bell nor giving us a gentle, paternalistic nudge. His message is more authentic. He is a medical doctor issuing a prescription. In order to address a current cocktail of health threats, Americans must alter their diets and do so radically. Those alterations must begin with a dramatic reduction in the consumption of sugars.”

    Alec Baldwin

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Viv JM | 2/20/2014

    " Surprisingly entertaining look at the scientific argument in favour of fructose (in sugar or HFCS) being the culprit in obesity and metabolic syndrome. Lustig has some great soundbites eg "face it, we've been fruct" and so forth. Interesting reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lex | 2/13/2014

    " An absolute must-read for anyone consuming a western diet! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol | 1/31/2014

    " This is not a diet book. Lustig gives us all the scientific facts behind the obesity pandemic: what caused it, what we can and can't do about it. Main message: sugar in all its forms is bad for us. Very well laid out and written with scientific jargon that we can easily understand. A very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kellykorreck | 1/31/2014

    " Good book exploring the basic biochemistry that retains fat. "

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