The End of Overeating

The End of Overeating

Taking Control of the Insatiable North American Appetite

Book - 2009
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Dr. David A. Kessler, the dynamic and controversial former FDA commissioner known for his crusade against the tobacco industry, is taking on another business that's making Americans sick: the food industry. In The End of Overeating, Dr. Kessler shows us how our brain chemistry has been hijacked by the foods we most love to eat: those that contain stimulating combinations of fat, sugar, and salt.

Drawn from the latest brain science as well as interviews with top physicians and food industry insiders, The End of Overeating exposes the food industry's aggressive marketing tactics and reveals shocking facts about how we lost control over food--and what we can do to get it back. For the millions of people struggling with their weight as well as those of us who simply can't seem to eat our favorite foods in moderation, Dr. Kessler's cutting-edge investigation offers valuable insights and practical answers for America's largest-ever public health crisis. There has never been a more thorough, compelling, or in-depth analysis of why we eat the way we do.

ISBN: 9781605294575
9780771095566
9780771095535
0771095538
Characteristics: xviii, 324 pages ;,24 cm.

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Swtalyssums
Jun 02, 2016

A helpful guide to understanding more about processed foods and how to identify them.

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she11edrake
Jul 16, 2012

Knowledge is power, and the knowledge you find here will give you the power to resist the efforts of the food industry to destroy your health.

Learning about industry terms such as "layering", "loading" and "craveability" (read "tendency to incite addiction") puts your innocent trip to the corner grocery store or chain restaurant into perspective.

Do yourself a favor and read this book!

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velvetcactus
Dec 05, 2011

Do read Gary Taubes' Why We Get Fat next! Finally someone who is blowing the whistle on the medical community!!!

bevmce Apr 30, 2011

I find placeing holds confusing and you don't really know if you have one or not by the time you are finished. Thanks,b

tiffanyyu Apr 29, 2011

I really enjoyed reading this book. Instead of other health books where it was all facts and figures, this one provided real life examples and had information explained really simply. It was such a good read, and really opened my mind to enjoying real food again, and staying away from gross processed junk.

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vwruleschick
Mar 31, 2011

WOW - what an eye-opening read about the food industry.

I knew I like food that wasn't the greatest in nutritional value. But what Dr Kessler showed me in the how the food at restaurants are processed made me sick and gave me awareness on the industry, as well as, what I put into my mouth.

Especially the trios contributors of sugar, salt and fat to induce ease of eating processed foods. Especially all the artificial flavourings that goes into our foods.

If you truly wish to lose weight permanently, or understand how you are manipulated on a daily basis by the food industry, this is the book for you. Only with true understanding of what you are facing can change come. For those who are disappointed that this is not similar to other step-by-step weight loss books that walk the reader through a set program, there seems to be a disconnect in understanding what this book says. There is NO single effective way to overcome "hypereating" except through education and understanding your own motivations and behavior. The bottom line is that these foods, highly processed foods need to be avoided. How you avoid them is an individual choice however.

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jbohan
Jan 19, 2011

I have to say I was quite disappointed by this book. Kessler has great credentials, and I expected a fairly dense tome full of facts and figures. Instead, this is a breeze of a book - I finished it in less than three hours - full of examples using Kessler's own food idiosyncrasies. His prescription for how to break the cycle sounds an awful lot like Weight Watchers, quite honestly. I don't really see anything new here for anyone with more than a passing interest in the food industry. I mean, big surprise, Applebee's doesn't employ massive numbers of sous chefs in their restaurants, it all comes to them premade and ready to heat up. I suppose if you had no interest whatsoever in where your food came from and all of a sudden it was sprung on you that a chicken nugget isn't really the same thing as a chicken leg, well, it might be valuable.

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maryfwebb
Jun 30, 2010

Great read. I feel I benefited greatly from reading this book. Eating out is a whole different world now!

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MoMarsha
Feb 09, 2010

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. While it validated most of the information I had and many things I suspected, it still did not leave me anywhere near hopeful for either my own future or the future of this country regarding obesity.

He's made a powerful case to the layperson regarding the action of sugar, fat and salt on the body and mind. He says that conditioned hypereating is at the core of it all, and that our bodies are engineered to react to the combinations of sugar, fat and salt like powerful, addictive drugs. He clearly makes a point that corporations are engineering food to fill this addiction very consciously...addicts cough up money...and after all, there will always be more addicts, seeing that unlike other addictive substances which can be avoided, food must be a part of every person's life.

His solutions are mostly based on cognitive therapy; remapping the brain's response to food, and changing our patterns and behaviors to stop overeating and eating bad foods. He says that hypereating is not a failing of will...more like a failure of our construction...and this can be overcome.

But when it comes down to it, I feel no hopefulness from this book. Only a sense that my understanding has been correct; that the corporations will do anything to get humans hooked by combinations of ingredients that will kill us as assuredly as tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs. My sense of outrage is, therefore, justified.

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hweinert
Sep 19, 2011

Over 60 percent of American adults are overweight. The number of obese children has tripled since the 1980s. Former FDA commissioner Dr. David Kessler pins these numbers on chronic overeating, saying that this very easy and entertaining activity is America's number-one health crisis. He noticed that no one had explained why overeating affects the U.S. so dramatically. "That was my goal in this book," he writes.

Turns out, thankfully, that we Americans are not intrinsically cursed with gluttony any more than other animals. We're only human. But, as Dr. Kessler makes startlingly clear, the American food industry has harnessed the chemistry of sugar, salt and fat to condition our brains and bodies to eat too much too quickly.

Kessler pulls his revelatory information from legions of researchers, restaurant menu consultants, an insider from the food industry and visits to the places that specialize in "hyperpalatable" cheese-oozing, ranch dressing-smothered, strawberry-glazed tongue pleasers. "What's in this?" Kessler asks the manager at a Chili's. "We can't tell you," he responds. "I'm not sure I'm allowed to say," says another staffer.
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