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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (67 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Hoffman, Judith A. Salerno Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538465370
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America’s ever-expanding waistline—we see it, we hear about it, and we worry about it, but can anything be done about it? We know all the usual suspects: red meat, dairy, white flour, refined sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, a lack of exercise, too much television, and the list goes on and on. It seems simple, right? Not really. There’s a lot more going on below the surface when it comes to what America is eating for dinner—and breakfast and lunch and in between.

People today work harder and take better care of their health than any previous generation. So how could two-thirds of us fail to measure up when it comes to eating right and exercising? HBO and the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine have joined together to bring you the nation’s foremost experts and definitive research on weight and weight loss.

The Weight of the Nation digs deep to uncover what’s going on in our minds, in our stomachs, in corporate America, on our farms, and in society’s overall love of food. The solution to America’s obesity epidemic will not come from quick-fix diets or a new national obsession with working out. The answer will only come from learning more about how our bodies conserve energy, why we seek out and consume certain foods, and how our world compels us to eat a lot more and move a lot less than we should.

Three years in the making, The Weight of the Nation answers such crucial questions as:

–Is there such a thing as the right diet?

–Am I doomed to yo-yo for the rest of my life?

–How does stress affect my weight?

–Is my slow metabolism making me fat?

–How does carrying too much weight affect my health?

–Why do I eat junk food even though I know it’s unhealthy?

–Is exercise enough to help most people maintain an ideal weight?

–How can I keep weight off forever?

The Weight of the Nation provides you with all the tools you need—and gives you the power to better understand your relationships with food and physical activity—so you can change the way you eat and move for the rest of your life.

Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An ambitious multiplatform project that takes the full measure of our girth, its genesis, and its toll.”

    New York Times

  • “Startlingly clear…Conveys the complex causes and effects of obesity in a way that, no matter how much you think you know, will still shock you.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “If we don’t succeed in turning this epidemic around, we are going to face, for the first time in our history, a situation where our children are going to live shorter lives than we do.”

    Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health

  • “Bernadette Dunne’s silky smooth performance makes hearing this information thoroughly understandable and enjoyable. Her flawless voice and seamless phrasing communicate satisfying gravitas. [A] wonderful production.”

    AudioFile

  • “There’s no hysterical hype here—just plain facts presented clearly and honestly...Not just for dieters, this book is an essential title for anyone interested in health. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 11/17/2013

    " Great book that was very easy to read. It made me angry though to hear all the things the food industry knowingly does that can cause problems for people down the road. Added more fuel to my fire to continue eating healthy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 11/2/2013

    " Eat less, move more. Now you don't need to read the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 7/21/2013

    " Didn't learn too much. Not helpful to me as I've read about 4 of the suggested readings, and they all covered the same material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mona | 6/2/2013

    " Should read it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd Keskey | 4/16/2013

    " An interesting quick read about a growing epidemic in this country. There are some good tips and good science in it to back up a scary problem in this nation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 10/30/2012

    " Nothing new. This book seems like its written for elderly obese people who know nothing about weight loss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellee | 10/18/2012

    " A mediocre read - mainly serves as a primer on the food industry and its' effect on the country's obesity. No new info here, folks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 6/9/2012

    " Pretty basic info...however it is really unsettling when you realize how much we are being manipulated. Really makes you think some more about your choices. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie F | 4/20/2012

    " If you have never read anything about weight diet and exercise you might learn something from this books. But most of the information is dumbed down and barely skims the surface. If you really want to understand these issues reading Gary Taubes and Gina Kolata. "

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About the Author

John Hoffman is executive producer of HBO’s The Weight of the Nation. He has won Emmy Awards for the documentary series The Alzheimer’s Project and Addiction, among others.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.