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Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It by Harriet Brown

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Chapter 1

Four Big Fat Lies About Weight and Health

              “There are many core ideas within the science of body weight and health and the mediating role played by exercise and diet which are simply assumed to be true.”

—Michael Gard and Jan Wright,

from The Obesity Epidemic:

Science, Morality, and Ideology

We were sitting in my backyard, a handful of women from the neighborhood. We were eating cake, as it happened, a lemon poppy seed cake I’d made that morning, and drinking iced tea, and talking about our lives. And so it was inevitable that the conversation came around to weight—the weight we wanted to lose, the weight we’d gained, the weight other women had lost or gained, or lost and gained. A typical conversation, in other words. ...

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