The plight of overweight and obese Americans has fostered a national debate that has poured over into television talk shows such as Oprah and the Nightly News. Oprah Winfrey devoted an entire show to the N.Y. Times Bestseller, Women, Food and God, asking viewers to email their comments to her web page. Our reactions to the limited theories advanced on that show are contained in the book. American obesity rates are the highest in the world. Sixty-eight percent of adults are categorized as overweight. One-third of them are diagnosed as clinically obese. There are nearly 7 million overweight and obese children in the U.S. today. Childhood obesity statistics show that obese children have a 70% chance of becoming obese adults. The percentage increases to 80% if either one or both parents is obese as well. Americans did not get fat overnight nor did some mosquito spread a deadly virus that causes obesity. Eating until becoming obese is now the leader in American addictions surpassing cigarettes and alcohol. There are tangible reasons why Americans are gaining weight, becoming obese or cannot lose it. The so-called "healthy foods" you're eating are making you fat and ill. The research cited in the Reference section proves that weight gain and obesity are the result of an addiction to many chemical food ingredients, the dangers of genetically modified fruits and vegetables and the damage to the human body caused by foods containing synthetic growth hormones, carcinogens and antibiotics found in factory farmed meats and dairy. We ask and answer the questions: Are you eating a lot of salads but still gaining weight? Juicing and still gaining weight? Drinking so-called health food shakes to lose weight without success? Changing your diet so often you feel like a yo-yo? Can't stop eating? Finding working out impossible because you are getting too overweight to walk, jog or exercise for very long? Are you considering a drastic means to lose weight such as liposuction, gastric bypass or lap-band surgeries? PLEASE STOP NOW. It's Not Your Fault! The information in this book led to one author losing more than 80 pounds and the other losing 20. And they are still losing weight. This is a new approach to losing weight. The authors show you how to change your diet and lose weight without giving up your favorite type of foods. The only sacrifice is switching brands containing dangerous chemical additives for a healthier version. We teach you how to do it. It's easier than you think. The book describes the causes of food cravings, overeating, addiction and discuss food allergies, delayed food intolerance and the dangerous addictive chemicals used by food manufacturers that cause the compulsive/obsessive eating that leads to obesity. We offer a 90-day challenge and easy 12-step dieting rules that can start readers on their way to losing weight. Diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses are complications caused by weight gain. This book enlightens and empowers people to lose weight and improve their health. We also discuss how certain chemical food addictions in children originate with the eating habits of pregnant mothers that start in vitro. We offer important information to help expectant mothers stop the cycle of addiction. "I'm having great fun already with the book. Fascinating read. And extremely informative. I'm appalled at the extent of my ignorance!" Barbara Paskin, BBC
My thoughts: I am like most people. I struggle to loose and maintain weight. Every once in a while I like to pick up a book about loosing weight. I don't necessarily think that any one plan is "the plan." I was very interested in looking at this book because of my own history.
One thing that struck me is the thought that food manufacturers are trying to make food taste better by adding things to it that we don't need, thus making it addictive. How many people do I know that are addicted to sugar? Several! I have been fighting my own soda addiction for a long time. (DR. Pepper is my friend as well as my enemy!)
Like I stated earlier, I don't believe in any one fix, or plan, but a combination of several. I think there are ideas in this book that bear a lot of weight in our struggle with food and food addictions. I think that the author's have done their own research, they state in the beginning that it is their own journey to loose weight and research that they use, not backed by the FDA. I will say that there are several points that I agree with.
I received this book in exchange for a review.