Rethinking Thin: Book summary and reviews of Rethinking Thin by Gina Kolata

Rethinking Thin

The New Science of Weight Loss--and the Myths and Realities of Dieting

by Gina Kolata

Rethinking Thin by Gina Kolata
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  • Published in USA  May 2007
    272 pages
    Genre: Advice

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In this eye-opening book, New York Times science writer Gina Kolata shows that our society’s obsession with dieting and weight loss is less about keeping trim and staying healthy than about money, power, trends, and impossible ideals.

Rethinking Thin is at once an account of the place of diets in American society and a provocative critique of the weight-loss industry. Kolata’s account of four determined dieters’ progress through a study comparing the Atkins diet to a conventional low calorie one becomes a broad tale of science and society, of social mores and social sanctions, and of politics and power.

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"Starred Review. This book will change your thinking about weight, whether you struggle with it or not. " - PW.

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Gina Kolata Author Biography

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Gina Kolata (M.A.) is a writer and medical reporter for The New York Times. She has previously written five books and edited three collections of popular science writing. Ms. Kolata lives with her husband in Princeton, New Jersey.

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