Tuesday, June 30, 2009
REVIEW: The End of Overeating by Dr. David Kessler
An absolutely engrossing read about how the food industry has contributed to the rising epidemic of obesity in America, and about how we can take back control over our eating.
Dr. Kessler explains the enormous appeal of the combination of fat, salt, and sugar in foods, and why this combination drives us to overeat, despite our better intentions.
He also gives the reader tools to use to combat the old habits and to instill new ones, renewing our thinking and, with that, our behavior.
I found this book to be really accessible, despite its scientific nature, and the tools given seem like they will be extremely helpful. The whole concept of what Dr. Kessler presents here is fascinating, and it really makes you think twice about what you’re eating, and how you’re supposedly being manipulated.
I really liked that the majority of this book also focused on the principles of Intuitive Eating: wait until hungry to eat, pay attention to your meals, watch your portions, stop when satisfied and not overstuffed, etc. Mind you, he had a bit of a different twist on some of it, and I found that refreshing.