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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (574 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gina Kolata Narrator: Ellen Archer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this eye-opening book, New York Times science writer Gina Kolata shows that our society’s obsession with dieting and weight loss is less about keeping trim and staying healthy than about money, power, trends, and impossible ideals.

Rethinking Thin is at once an account of the place of diets in American society and a provocative critique of the weight-loss industry. Kolata’s account of four determined dieters’ progress through a study comparing the Atkins diet to a conventional low-calorie one becomes a broad tale of science and society, of social mores and social sanctions, and of politics and power.

Rethinking Thin asks whether words like willpower are really applicable when it comes to eating and body weight. It dramatizes what it feels like to spend a lifetime struggling with one’s weight and fantasizing about finally getting thin. It tells the little-known story of the science of obesity and the history of diets and dieting—scientific and social phenomena that have made some people rich and thin and left others fat and miserable. And it offers commonsense answers to questions about weight, eating habits, and obesity, giving us a better understanding of the weight that is right for our bodies.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kolata commands the intelligent curiosity, well-honed reporting techniques, and smooth prose style of a top science reporter.”

    Washington Post

  • “This book will change your thinking about weight, whether you struggle with it or not.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An incisive, thought-provoking examination of a subject that concerns us all. This book will educate and illuminate those seeking solid information about the struggle to lose weight.”

    Dr. Jerome E. Groopman, author of The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness and staff writer at The New Yorker

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather Bolwar | 1/17/2014

    " So many other folks have done such a good job of reviewing this book, I'd say look up their reviews. What I'd say myself is that this book is about the research and history of dieting. It's about a U. of Penn. study comparing Atkins with low-calorie dieting. It's about how nearly all the subjects lost weight and gained it back, yet many did not give up hope that someday they'll succeed. They just realized that some folks will NEVER be a size 2. And I think some of the subjects made peace with themselves through the process of the two-year study. I think the best part of this book was the writing style of the author, and the fact that she stood up for the research subjects in the end by saying that all of the obese folks really, REALLY did try their hardest to make the weight loss work. Hooray for a skinny chick taking the fat side! Not all obese folks are slobs with no drive or ambition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lore | 1/14/2014

    " An excellent examination of the scientific research (or lack thereof) on body size, nutrition, and exercise. Vital reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nikhila | 1/10/2014

    " Gina Kolata is one of my favorite NY Times science writers--very readable interprtations of technical research. This books is an excellent consideration of various studies that have been used to interpret fatness as a changable state. It also considers the truth of fat as a pandemic killer. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/3/2014

    " Very readable and interesting look at the weight loss industry and some different perspectives on the science. this book is not about how to lose weight it is about how our body reacts to weight. There are some surprising things, like the science does not really support the common beliefs that being moderately overweight is a health risk in fact it might be the healthiest weight and also that losing weight does not always decrease blood pressure cholesterol etc. as much as common knowledge would have you think. There is also lots of interesting studies throughout the history of weight management in American culture. Written by the science writer for the NYT. "

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