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The End of Overeating


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DAVID A. KESSLER, MD, served as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He is a pediatrician and has been the dean of the medical schools at Yale and the University of California, San Francisco. A graduate of Amherst College, the University of Chicago Law School, and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kessler is the father of two and lives with his wife in California.


In this captivating book on why we overeat and what we can do about it, pediatrician and former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Kessler (A Question of Intent) incorporates a healthy balance of scientific research and personal anecdotes. He addresses the allure and preponderance of foods rich in sugar, salt, and fat, examines the psychological and sensory forces driving excessive food consumption, and speaks to how we can change our view of and approach to food. Adroitly read by Blair Hardman, this accessible and excellent-quality production will appeal to those seeking materials about dieting, weight loss, metabolism, and lifestyle changes.-Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"When we want so badly to say 'no,' why do we continue to reach for food?" Thanks to Kessler, the elusive key to overindulgence is finally elucidated in this user-friendly guide to healthy eating that finds the food and advertising industries guilty for catalyzing an American "obsession" with food and "reward-eating." Narrated by Blair Hardman, the guide is a straightforward, moderately entertaining listen, as the modest delivery will appeal to a wide range of listeners. Hardman's voice is at once involved and genuine, refreshingly free of sanctimony, and ably sidesteps the monotony to which so many nonfiction audio books are particularly susceptible. A Rodale hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 2). (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Dr. David Kessler has written a fascinating account of the science of human appetite, as well as its exploitation by the food industry. The End of Overeating is an invaluable contribution to the national conversation about the catastrophe that is the modern American diet." --Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food"David A. Kessler, who led the battle against the tobacco industry, now joins the fight against obesity. His message is important: The problem is not only the behavior of profit-driven food companies, but also the daily choices that each one of us makes." --Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation"David Kessler's fascinating book is essential for anyone interested in learning more about how corporate greed and human psychology have created a national health crisis. " --Alice Waters, chef and owner of Chez Panisse"Disturbing, thought-provoking, and important." --Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential"A compelling book about overeating and the obesity pandemic. Dr. Kessler thoroughly examines the nature of our relationship with food and why it is critical to understand and modify our behavior to reverse this global threat to health and well-being." --David Satcher, former Surgeon General and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention"A fascinating, unique book by a brilliant public health leader." --Donna Shalala, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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