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Bradley J. Willcox, M.D., M.SC., is an internationally recognized expert on healthy aging, a U.S. National Institute on Aging-funded scientist, and a principal investigator in geriatrics for the Pacific Health Research Institute. He is also Co-Principal Investigator of the Okinawan Centenarian Study and Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Hawaii. D. Craig Willcox, PH.D., M.H.SC., is a noted medical anthropologist and gerontologist. He is an internationally recognized expert in nutritional anthropology, aging, and health. He is Assistant Professor at Okinawa Prefectural University-College of Nursing and Co-Principal Investigator of the Okinawa Centenarian Study. Makoto Suzuki, M.D., PH.D., is a cardiologist and geriatrician and an internationally recognized expert on aging and health. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa and Professor of Human Welfare and Director of the Okinawa Gerontology Research Center at Okinawa International University. He is the founder, Director, and Principal Investigator of the Okinawa Centenarian Study.
In 2001, The Okinawa Program jumped onto bestseller lists, lauding the healthy habits of a group of elderly Okinawans who have some of the world's lowest mortality rates and best health. (Since then, it's been reported that younger Okinawans' weight has been increasing, due in part to the popularity of McDonald's on the island.) Now the authors return, expounding on the Okinawan key to longevity: a healthy, balanced diet. For Willcox, Willcox and Suzuki, "limiting calorie intake is the healthiest approach to eating." The authors present a moderate, easy-to-follow plan, beginning with a guide to their four categories of food, according to calorific density: featherweights (e.g., green tea, asparagus), lightweights (e.g., red snapper, cooked brown rice), middleweights (e.g., hummus, broiled lean beef rib steak) and heavyweights (e.g., cheesecake, butter). They then move on to the 10 principles of the Okinawan diet, from featherweight meal foundations to the staple of Okinawan diets-the sweet potato-which is grandly praised for its rich anti-oxidants. Restricting the Western tendency to overeat is key to longevity, but this doesn't mean going hungry. The book's second half offers more than 160 delicious and healthful recipes, ranging from traditional Japanese fare such as Pork Daikon to Western dishes like Shrimp and Broccoli Penne. Never extreme, the authors counsel readers to treat diet plans "like training wheels on a bike," and the eight-week phase-in plan facilitates the gradual incorporation of the Okinawan regime, so readers feel benefits without frustration and deprivation. Agent, Stedman Mays. (June) Forecast: Fans of The Okinawa Program will surely want to purchase this follow-up, as will readers discouraged by the severity of some other diets. Ads in USA Today and a 20-city radio satellite tour will bump sales. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
-The Okinawa Diet Plan is a significant contribution to the science of healthy weight loss and longevity. This book can help you reduce the risk of many weight-related diseases by achieving and maintaining the healthiest weight for you.- --Andrew Weil, M.D., author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health -Spectacular. This is the best advice on all aspects of lifestyle in one book that can be found anywhere. It is not only well-researched and well-written, but the amount of ground covered is immense.- --Thomas Wolever, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, coauthor of The Glucose Revolution