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The End of Overeating by David A. Kessler
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Mar 10, 2010

it was amazing
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Read in March, 2010

Not to be totally corny, but if you only read one book this year, this would be a damn good choice. Former head of the FDA, a guy who's also had his own struggles with food and weight, examines the psychology of eating in our current food landscape.

"Conditioned hypereating" is how he describes it, encompassing both overweight and not: the obsession with food, the difficulties in resisting hyperpalatable modern foods.

The science stuff is fascinating, the section on food company research is terrifying, and there's some excellent concrete advice in the last section. I really needed to read this after putting back on some (not a lot) of the weight I lost a couple of years ago.

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