This book, like Linda Bacon's phenomenal book Health At Every Size, explains why dieting (as in, attempts at weight loss) is pointless. Sustained weigThis book, like Linda Bacon's phenomenal book Health At Every Size, explains why dieting (as in, attempts at weight loss) is pointless. Sustained weight loss just doesn't happen for most people, authors Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor argue. We did not evolve to lose weight and keep it off. Sure, a few people can do it. But most of us (*raises hand*) can't. Not won't. Can't.
The solution to your "weight problem," these ladies argue, is: Stop trying to lose weight. Whatever your weight is, practicing Health At Every Size (which means engaging in healthy behaviors without the goal of losing weight) will result in improved health.
If you've read Health At Every Size and are thinking Body Respect sounds like a rehash, it's not. Health At Every Size is a how-to on all things HAES (at an individual level). But Body Respect tackles a whole new frontier: health as a result of society, environment, and stigma. This second volume, much more than the first, is a call to action. Body Respect calls out the discrimination and hatred suffered by fat people and suggests, among other things, that perhaps the stress of being a fat person who lives in a very fatphobic culture is the reason for, or at least a strong contributor to, the illnesses we see in our fat people.
This is an extremely timely book. Right now, the government is waging a war against "obesity." Right now, pharmaceutical companies are being allowed to market poorly researched weight loss drugs that are addictive, cause hallucinations, and impair motor skills, among a host of other things--all so you can lose a little weight that you'll gain right back. And insurance companies are covering it! Every other commercial on the radio encourages you to consider bariatric surgery. Few people feel comfortable in their skin. Fat people feel unworthy of respect or have to fight to get it, while thin people live in fear of becoming fat.
Body Respect is a voice of reason crying out from a health-mad cacophony of bad science and industries that care about your money, not you. ...more
- People who already know a fair amount about nutrition but could use an overview.
- People who like lists.
- People who are embarkingThis book is for:
- People who already know a fair amount about nutrition but could use an overview.
- People who like lists.
- People who are embarking on a healthier lifestyle and want some quick inspiration.
Prior to checking this book out at the library, I googled "how to eat healthy" and "how to buy healthy." I know enough about nutrition to recognize that Google's first-page regurgitations were good advice laced with bad advice. For instance, one YouTube result suggested healthy lifestylers shop the perimeter of grocery stores (a suggestion Michael Pollan makes, as well), but the video then states, "And then shop in the middle." Pollan makes the better suggestion of avoiding the middle sections altogether, calling the processed foods that lurk therein "edible food-like substances."
Food Rules is the google search result I was looking for. There's nothing in it that contradicts what I learned in the two nutrition courses I took in college. I don't mind that it doesn't exhaustively cite scientific studies, because I know, having studied nutrition before, that everything in this book is accurate.
I'm giving this book 5 stars for what it is, which is a quick, well-written, humorous summation of what many already know about nutrition and a fun introduction to that knowledge for anyone new to the subject....more
This is a quick, funny how-to book that offers artists (the kind who paint, writers, filmmakers, etc.) tips on "stealing" other artists' art. Author AThis is a quick, funny how-to book that offers artists (the kind who paint, writers, filmmakers, etc.) tips on "stealing" other artists' art. Author Austin Kleon points out that no artist's work is ever completely original, and that trying to be completely original will daunt an artist and eventually smother her/his creativity. He suggests artists embrace the inevitability of influence, celebrate living outside of a vacuum, relax, and have fun with their art. Beyond that, he offers tips on how to stay focused, upbeat, and receptive to incoming inspiration.
True to its subject, this book features an abundance of quotes and tips from artists who aren't the author. I like that. Instead of this book feeling like one guy talking about what works for him, it seems more like a panel of successful artists sharing their processes (which also happen to work for the one guy).
Advice I like in particular: - Every night, before going to sleep, think about one thing that made you happy that day. - Jerry Seinfeld's calendar idea: keep a year-at-a-glance calendar, and every day that you do everything you were supposed to, mark an X on the calendar. See how long you can get a row of Xs.
Empire of Illusion is a good book that’s badly marketed. The type of people who see the title Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the TriumphEmpire of Illusion is a good book that’s badly marketed. The type of people who see the title Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle and think, “Oh, hells yes, I am so reading that!” are the type of people who already know just about everything discussed in it. With a title like The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Chris Hedges is guaranteed to be preaching to no one but the choir. What’s sad about that is, the book is written simplistically and entertainingly (despite that it skewers people for reading only simplistically written books and demanding to be constantly entertained); the average amoral entertainment junkie, the type of person who needs to read Empire of Illusion, would be able to comprehend and stick with this short book. But that person who needs to read this book, and who can read this book, won’t read this book. Why? Because it’s freaking called Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. Hedges or his editors or whoever is responsible for this book’s title should have called it How Pro Wrestling, Porn, Yale, and the Law of Attraction Are All To Blame For Your Sucktacular Life, with "Your Sucktacular Life" written in huge font and Life in quotation marks. That’s a good title for this book. That title says, “Hey you, you with the People magazine. Come read me,” while telling the person with the stack of Noam Chomsky books, “You can read me too, but don’t expect much.”
Empire of Illusion is a decent overview of what’s wrong with consumer culture, but it’s not groundbreaking and it offers little if any elaboration for each of its many assertions. Most of the people who are attracted to this book because of its title will be disappointed by it. The only chapter that offers any new information is the one on pornography. Chris Hedges brings his experience as a war reporter to a porn convention in Las Vegas and interviews current and retired actresses, producers, and porn enthusiasts. What this discourse reveals is a commodification of women in the porn industry that mirrors the commodification of soldiers in war. The actresses talk about their experiences being degraded on film; the prostitution that many of them do when they’re not filming by selling their bodies to fans of their films and the anxiety that attends not being able to perform in reality the way they appear to perform in porn; the contracting of STIs, including, frequently, HIV; and the producers’ refusal to allow actors to wear condoms, even though condoms can be digitally edited out, because the actors' lives aren’t worth the cost of purchasing an editing program. In many of the women he interviews, Hedges recognizes PTSD.
This is a good introductory book about the illusions we commonly surround ourselves with, and that others surround us with, in order to stave off thinking about real problems. It's not the most in-depth book, but I'd recommend it, along with some other titles that offer more detailed analysis, to someone for whom critical ideas about consumer culture are new or unexplored....more
Chris Hedges answers questions about what it's like to be in the military in a Q&A format. In the introduction, he explains that most people who eChris Hedges answers questions about what it's like to be in the military in a Q&A format. In the introduction, he explains that most people who enlist have a false idea of what military life is like, that their conception about war has been shaped by movies and stories that glorify it. He never states that he thinks war is evil or that it's "never the answer," but he makes it clear--and I agree--that potential enlistees should know exactly what they're getting into when they sign up to go to war, and the public, when deciding whether or not to support the decision to go to war, should know what war does to people....more
Two stars for "it was okay." I didn't learn anything that three weeks of surfing the Internet for nail-care tips hasn't already taught me, except thatTwo stars for "it was okay." I didn't learn anything that three weeks of surfing the Internet for nail-care tips hasn't already taught me, except that dipping your nails in sliced lemon for 15 seconds bleaches them (which, on me, didn't prove true). The pictures provided in the book are clear and helpful, but nothing outstanding. In addition to offering step-by-step advice on doing manicures and pedicures, it also goes over some common skin and nail ailments and what to do about them.
A few things bothered me about this book, though they didn't inform my rating. I wish I still had the book so I could quote passages. The opening paragraph says something like, "You should learn how to take care of your hands so they don't start looking old." On one hand, I get that that's a selling point, and that it's a fair one because most women want to look youthful. On the other, I like hands--all hands. I don't think there's anything wrong with looking older or old, and I don't like ageism. You can paint your nails and have manicures and show pride in your body, no matter how old it looks.
Another thing was the author's attitude toward nail art. Sort of like, "Nail art is impractical, but if you must do it, here's a little two-page section on dealing with the freakishly long nails that you usually need to have in order to pull it off. Freaks." Very, very paraphrased, but that's the idea.
Again, though, neither of those things informed my rating. I know that it's the practice of almost every beauty guide to exploit women's insecurities about things that are natural, like aging; I didn't go into this book expecting it to be an exception. And I know that this book is about basic manicures and pedicures, not nail art....more
Has some good information, but nothing new. Very repetitive. I recommend Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon as a more interesting alternative to thisHas some good information, but nothing new. Very repetitive. I recommend Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon as a more interesting alternative to this book....more
I love this book. It discusses in accessible writing why 95% of people who diet gain all the weight back, explaining that we're biologically wired toI love this book. It discusses in accessible writing why 95% of people who diet gain all the weight back, explaining that we're biologically wired to gain weight when possible but not to lose it. The author also cites numerous studies and research that suggest weight isn't the problem it's been made out to be, and that not only can someone be fat and healthy, people who are "overweight" (by the BMI's standards) tend to live longer than people who weigh less. The author, an obesity researcher, spends a portion of the book revealing the crooked workings of academia, government, and the dieting and pharmeceudical industries. The latter basically hire (or "fund") obesity researchers to publish studies that the dieting and pharmeceudical industries want published--in other words, the studies that will make people believe that they have to lose weight in order to be healthy. The BMI itself is a heaping load of B.S. whose designations were influenced by the weight-loss industry via researcher funding. Which, for me, explains why all those people who barely look overweight register as "obese" on it.
While discussing the ins and outs of weight-loss industry funding, the author ensures readers of something a lot of them probably don't want to hear: that, despite the promises of diet programs and pill pushers, you're very unlikely to ever lose, and keep off, a significant amount of weight; and that, moreover, the longer you try to lose weight through dieting, the unhealthier (and fatter) you'll become. That the only way to win this weight war is to just give up and be happy with your current weight. As seemingly depressing as that message is, I found it empowering. It's been about a month since I read Health at Every Size and began applying its principles to my life, and I feel better, physically and emotionally. I recommend this book to everyone, especially people whose weight "problem" keeps them from enjoying their lives....more
A good primer for computer tech newbs. Covers all things computer in detail and discusses some of the history that led up to our modern computer uses,A good primer for computer tech newbs. Covers all things computer in detail and discusses some of the history that led up to our modern computer uses, to help contextualize. Not everything in this book is covered on the A+ exams, but Meyers points out when something isn't; and not everything on the exams is covered in this book, according to several people I've talked to, though much of it is.
One thing I wish author Mike Meyers had done is included parenthetical pronounciation guides after introducing a techy word. To someone who's brand new to computer technology, which I think encompasses most of this book's audience, learning this stuff is like learning a new language. I looked at the acronym "SCSI," for instance, and had no idea if it was pronounced "S-C-S-I" or "ski-zee." "Skuh-zee," which is how it's pronounced, was not a pronounciation I had even considered. ("Skuh-zee"? Really?)