The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable North American Appetite Paperback – May 4 2010
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"A fascinating account of the science of human appetite, as well as its exploitation by the food industry."
— Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
David A. Kessler, M.D., served as Commissioner of the U. S. Food and Drug Administration under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Dr. Kessler, a pediatrician, has been the dean of the medical schools at Yale and the University of California, San Francisco. A graduate of Amherst College, the University of Chicago Law School, and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kessler is the father of two grown children and lives with his wife in California.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Anyone who reads this book should be outraged at the food industry and the people in Congress who protect them!
In 1906 Upton Sinclair wrote the The Jungle which exposed the bad practices in the meatpacking industry. As a result, consumers woke up and demanded reform. I hope that Dr. David Kessler's book, The End of Overeating, will have the same effect.
As I read this book, I was also reminded of how tobacco executives used to spike their products to make them more addictive while testifying in public that no one could ever be addicted to tobacco.
I did a lot of consulting for food manufacturers and restaurant companies as a young consultant. That experience made me complacent about thinking that I knew about industry practices. What Dr. Kessler shares here shocked me in terms of how much has been learned about how to make food addictive, especially by using the kinds of foods that will make a person obese and subject to many serious diseases.
I think the most important part of this book comes on pages 247 and 248 where Dr. Kessler proposes these important reforms:
1. Restaurants list the calorie counts of every item on their menus.
2. All food products should list on their labels in a prominent way the percentage of added sugars, refined carbohydrates, and fats that are in the item.
3. A well-funded public education program should describe the unhealthy consequences of eating food loaded with extra sugar, fat, and salt.
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I found the first part of the book which focuses on Sugar, Fat and Salt got a bit long-winded and technical at times, but each section includes a clear and easy to understand antidote involving real-life situations to explain each point being made. My one problem with the book was that many of the experiments referenced in the early parts of The End of Overeating involved animal testing that didn't always appear to be 100% kind. Granted, it's clear that these experiments were not done for this book in particular, but were merely referenced for their scientific value. On the flip side of that, I found the studies on human eating habits to be quite fascinating.
The End of Overeating is a smart and informative book that opened my eyes to how often I'm overeating, and made me realize that I have the ability to correct these bad habits.
Most recent customer reviews
I didn't read it but the person I got it for loved it. The still overeatPublished 9 months ago by Mike Vank
pretty interesting book with lots of evidence based research written in an easy to read format. if you are at all interested in why general eating habits are different now than 20... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Silenthunder
Advice that works in the real world to avoid the seduction of food. I too hope the world changes in the future. Read morePublished on March 12 2014 by krista patterson
I thought this was going to be a self help book. It is not!
But it is a very interesting read!
Loaned my copy and didn't get it back so had to buy myself another! Excellent resource regarding what is wrong with our diet and how food companies capitalize on how our bodies... Read morePublished on July 14 2013 by Jennifer Hopeson
Very informative got half way through a borrowed book then decided i would just buy a copy so i could share the info with my childrenPublished on June 10 2012 by comedown2earth
Although the book is interesting, it isn't going to change the eating habits of North America. Unfortunately. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2010 by Susanne Posteraro
David Kessler knows what he is talking about. His credentials are very strong. In addition to a stellar academic background he has run a teaching hospital and served as a... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2010 by Barton Breen
There isn't much in this book that hasn't appeared somewhere before in top-rated nutritional periodicals. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2009 by Ian Gordon Malcomson