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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 3

Good Food, Bad Food

              “Although we learned long ago to abandon magical thinking in connection with weather, crops, the care of animals, and other natural phenomena, it still has us in its grip when we think of diet.”

—Ruth Gay, “Fear of Food,”

from The American Scholar, 1976

              “The amount of misinformation about nutrition that is circulated widely, especially by those who profit from doing so, is overwhelming.”

—researcher A. E. Harper, University of Wisconsin

My most vivid childhood memory of eating took place at my grandparents’ house. My family ate dinner there every Friday night, and it was the highlight of my week. Not only did I get to spend time with my grandparents, whom I adored, but my grandmother was ...

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