Erin P. (erinstotle) wrote in ed_ucate,
Erin P.
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Have any of you guys read this book before? I am intruiged by the subject.
Here's a review I found on Amazon:

Just as low-carb dieting becomes a national obsession and McDonald's begins downsizing its super-sizing, Campos, a law professor and syndicated columnist, offers a sure-to-be scandalous message: maybe fat isn't all that bad. Through solid prose, Campos builds a case against the "social institutions" that have misled the public about the dangers of being overweight. He boldly states that a cultural phenomenon—society's hysterical fear of body fat—is the real health hazard, not the over-consumption of food. Through a series of anecdotes, readers are told that the media is responsible for crushing healthy body images (particularly women's); how the dieting industry perpetuates the myth of obesity for its own gain; and how yo-yo dieting cycles have destroyed more lives than obesity ever will. Campos also says there's no real medical or scientific justification that fat is bad. "Given that Americans are enjoying longer lives and better health than ever before, the claim that four out of five of us are running serious health risks because of our weight sounds exactly like the sort of exaggeration that can produce a cultural epidemic of fear." While the studies and statistics Campos presents are convincing enough to launch a new debate about weight, some of his conclusions border on the absurd (e.g., he blames "Fat Politics" for the impeachment of President Clinton). And so begins the anti-fat backlash.

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What do you think of this? I want to read it - it looks controversial, and Campos makes some good points though I don't know how valid they really are.

Thoughts/Comments?

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ALSO, media related:
For those of you who don't know (I just found out yesterday), Starved will be coming to Canada on Wednesday, March 8 on Showcase at 10pm. The trailer looked absolutely ridiculous; I anticipate watching this.

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