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So promising, such a let down, Jun 27 2008
A friend of mine had recommended a book with a similar title and I mistakenly bought this one. It started off reasonably well, the author painted an amusing sketch of his family life - perfect, I thought, this will really help bring the points to life. But they never came to life. The book failed to deal substantively with issues of obesity. Instead, it came to the superficial conclusion that people are overweight because their utility of being overweight was higher than doing the hard work (that of course the author does) it takes to stay thin.
I felt the book side-stepped the many reasons why people who are overweight don't just deal with it.
Frankly, I don't know many overweight people who wouldn't prefer to be at a healthy weight, but there is a complex of reasons why this can be difficult. While the emotional, physical, hormonal and spiritual ones may have been beyond the scope of this book, I would at least like to have seen an in-depth look at the economic ones. Instead, the book is padded out with superficial lists (for example, all over the counter diet pills) and self-congratulations.