If you’re overweight, it’s probably genetic — and you may never be able to shed the pounds. That’s the grim news that New York Times science reporter Gina Kolata delivers in Rethinking Thin — an information-packed but — I hate to say it — boring book. She juxtaposes a history of dieting against a look at the latest science, focusing on the participants in an eye-opening study that compared a traditional low-calorie diet with the Atkins plan. She clearly spent a great deal of time with these people, and their stories are compelling, even heartrending; most have struggled with obesity their entire lives. Yet even their stories, bright spots in the book, cannot enliven Kolata’s flat, plodding prose. C+
Rethinking Thin If you're overweight, it's probably genetic — and you may never be able to shed the pounds. That's the grim news that New York Times science ...Rethinking ThinNonfiction, Science and TechnologyGina Kolata If you're overweight, it's probably genetic — and you may never be able to shed the pounds. That's the grim news that New York Times science ...2007-05-11Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Genre: Nonfiction, Science and Technology; Author: Gina Kolata; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Posted May 11 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT
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