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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press; 1 edition (Jan. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159463100X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594631009
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DoctorJohn on Feb. 13 2013
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Dr. Lustig has done an exemplary job reviewing the set point mechanisms in the brain which contribute to obesity. As a trained pediatric neuroendocrinologist Robert Lustig reviewed many of the central nervous system/hormonal interactions and presents the data in a fascinating way.
Dr. Lustig then goes on to compare how sugar and alcohol should be treated in a similar fashion with respect to public policy and he makes an excellent argument to support his views.
This is not the first book I would recommend to someone interested in improving their health and learning about obesity as the science is a bit heavy for those without a background in anatomy, physiology, or biochemistry. That said I really enjoyed the majority of his work. DoctorJohn Northern Ontario School of Medicine
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 19 2013
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In "Fat Chance," paediatrician Robert Lustig blatantly blames sugar for the obesity pandemic. In fact, he describes sugar literally as a poison, one which wrecks havoc on hormone balance and insulin regulation thereby causing diabetes, polycystic ovaries, gout and a host of other illnesses.

Digging deeper, he explains that heredity may cause insulin resistance yet there are also evolutionary reasons why humans have a propensity to develop such resistance. For instance, in pregnancy or puberty, weight gain proves beneficial so a mechanism that keeps us feeling hungry can be useful. But, this mechanism malfunctions in modern, sugar-rich societies as high insulin levels increase fat storage while short-circuiting the brain into craving more food.

Does this make sugar a poison? Certainly, sugar-rich diets increase the amount of fat stored around the liver thereby damaging organs, interfering with brain signals, and promoting damaging, addictive behaviour. While Lustig's arguments often seem to go overboard, blindly lambasting a single molecule (fructose) for the world's gamut of health problems, he does offer ways to improve our health. He advises a high-fibre diet to move "stuff" through our systems without overloading our liver and more exercise as an effective way to control hormone levels.

Lustig now has a new regulatory climate as his chief aim and has taken a sabbatical to study public health law. Based on his smart, well-researched and lucid book, not to mention his YouTube lecture that has three million hits, he is likely to be a formidable advocate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amrik Singh on July 24 2013
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This book was an eye opener for me on multiple levels. Once I was deeply convinced of the damage sugar can do to my body, it was much easier for me to remove it from my diet. Not only this book helped me get rid of sugar but also explained the science behind other diets and why they do or do not work. My goal reading this book was to understand effects of sugar on our body, but I ended up understanding a lot more about carbs, fats, fiber etc. And I can't help but mention a complete turn around regarding my ideas about juices (even fresh squeezed), smoothies etc. The sections about govt. policies are important but I mostly flipped through them. Author himself seems not much hopeful regarding any policy changes, so we are mostly on our own to save ourselves and our families from the harmful effects of sugar. This book can be an excellent guide on how to achieve that.
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I'd been on a compulsive carb-snacking and recurring fatigue roller coaster, and my medical-exam results gave me reason to be concerned. I was considering joining Weight Watchers when I heard a persuasive interview with Dr. Ludwig on PBS's "The People's Pharmacy." I decided to eliminate all sugar and refined source of carbohydrates and potatoes, and within two days my snacking urges went away. Before long, I realized that I was eating smaller portions. On reading the book, I added back into my more soluble and insoluble fiber. Though I am not dieting, my weight is dropping at the rate of about one pound every ten days, and I have more energy than I have had in years. These empirical results led me to buy this book as a gift for friends with metabolic disorder. Equally important, I have learned from it, in layman's terms, the metabolic pathways that make our high consumption of refined starches and sugars so toxic. I think this is a very important book, and I highly recommend it.
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By Susan on July 7 2014
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Robert Lustig's book has convinced me to drastically reduce sugar consumption in my diet. He makes the case against sugar and its effects on our bodies. He also presents a convincing case for governments to enact legislation to protect consumers from sugar- a toxic substance.
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Should be required reading for everyone who does the grocery shopping.
Well organized and also a good read.
A serious look at the food industry and the unawareness of consumers.
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This book was written written recently about the dietetic catastrophe of developed countries today. I didn't realize that the same persons for sowing doubt about the dangers of smoking are now doing the same thing about the dangers of processed food. If you have any of the symptoms I have listed you should read this book, and then watch videos of Dr. Lustig, available on the internet, explaining the modern understanding of the chemistry that fructose is detoxified by the same pathhway in the liver that is used to detoxify alcohol, and that each can of soft drink does as much damage to the liver as a can of beer. Although it is very difficult to find any processed food without a lot of sugar, I have lost 13 pounds in 2 weeks by cutting out candy and cookies. I never did drink sugar drinks. I feel that my ideal weight is between 145 and 155 lbs. I had risen to 163 lbs over Christmas by eating candies, cakes and desserts on a daily basis. I never feel too hungry.
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