Fat Planet: The Obesity Trap and How We Can Escape It

Fat Planet: The Obesity Trap and How We Can Escape It

by David Lewis, Margaret Leitch

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Our planet is in the grip of an obesity pandemic.

More than a billion people worldwide are overweight and over 600 million are obese. We live in an obesogenic environment in which it is much easier to get fat than to stay fit. How has this come to be? Who is to blame? What can we do?

In Fat Planet, Dr David Lewis and Dr Margaret Leitch examine the social and psychological causes of the obesity pandemic in order to answer these questions. They use ground-breaking research to highlight the behaviour of corporations that relentlessly promote foods high in sugar, fat and salt, and show that these ‘junk’ foods have shockingly similar neurological effects to hard drugs. They consider the prevalence of food cues which unconsciously stimulate our desire to consume. And they debunk the myths of fad diets and slimming pills, suggesting practical, easily implemented strategies for sustainable weight loss.

The evidence is clear: our problem with obesity must be addressed or we will face catastrophic consequences. It is not too late to change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473505223
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 04/09/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 983 KB

About the Author

David Lewis (Author)
Dr David Lewis is a neuropsychologist, director of research at Mindlab International, and the author of more than two dozen bestselling books. He is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the International Stress Management Association, and founder of Action on Phobias and Stresswatch; a non-profit charity advising companies on stress management. He has also been the on-screen consultant to Channel 4's acclaimed Secret Eaters diet programme.

Margaret Leitch (Author)
Dr Margaret Leitch is a research scientist with PhD, MSc, and Honours BA degrees in the field of Experimental Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics, and Honours Psychology. She has conducted research into the psychological and neuroscientific underpinnings of obesity, including three years of longitudinal patient monitoring. She is a specialist in identifying the predictive signs that express a vulnerability for developing overeating habits. She is co-author of the best-selling book Lose It Right.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction - Fat Planet xi

Part 1 The Obesity Blame Game

Chapter 1 What It Feels Like to Be Fat 3

Chapter 2 'Hey fatty, get off this train!' 17

Chapter 3 Fashions in Fat 26

Part 2 Inside Story: The Biology of Obesity

Chapter 4 Born to Become Obese? 39

Chapter 5 The Secret Life of Fat 58

Chapter 6 Gut Reactions 79

Part 3 All in the Mind? Obesity and Your Brain

Chapter 7 How Your Brain Can Make You Obese 101

Chapter 8 'I heard an ice-cream call my name': Why Impulsive Eating Means Overeating 122

Chapter 9 Feeding Our Feelings: The Power of Emotional Eating 140

Part 4 Our Obesogenic World

Chapter 10 Caution: Food Cues at Work 161

Chapter 11 See Food - Eat Food: The Cues That Elicit Overeating 175

Chapter 12 Whatever Have They Done to Our Food? 197

Part 5 Losing It Wrong - Losing It Right

Chapter 13 Losing It Wrong: Why Fad Diets Fail 221

Chapter 14 Losing It Right- Achieving Sustainable Weight Loss 235

Chapter 15 Planning for a Slimmer Planet 258

Chapter References and Notes 275

Index 317

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