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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 7

Now What?

              “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

—Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day”

Last June, a Senate subcommittee led by Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill held a hearing on the often deceptive advertising of weight-loss products and gimmicks. Its star witness was the not so great but still powerful Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Harvard-trained cardiothoracic surgeon with a huge TV following who got his start on The Oprah Winfrey Show. McCaskill took Oz to task for his claims about a number of diet supplements, which he touted on air and in print as “miracle cures” that would “bust your body fat for good”—unproven and untested supplements like green coffee bean extract, raspberry ketone, and garcinia ...

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