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Book Group: The End of Overeating, by David Kessler
May 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
The Slow Food Russian River Book Group will be reading the book The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite (Rodale Books, 2009), by David Kessler.
To RSVP email the Book Group at Slow Food Russian River Book Group. The book group is open to anyone who can read, loves cooking a dish, and likes a good conversation. You don’t need to be a member, although – of course – we hope that with time you will become one. Location in Sebastopol with RSVP.
The Book Group meets the first Thursday of the month, 7 – 9pm. It’s a convivial dinner. Please bring a dish for four and a beverage.
Dr. David A. Kessler, the dynamic and controversial former FDA commissioner (1990-1997) known for his crusade against the tobacco industry, is taking on another business that’s making Americans sick: the food industry.
In The End of Overeating, Dr. Kessler shows us how our brain chemistry has been hijacked by the foods we most love to eat: those that contain stimulating combinations of fat, sugar, and salt.
Drawn from the latest brain science as well as interviews with top physicians and food industry insiders,
The End of Overeating exposes the food industry’s aggressive marketing tactics and reveals shocking facts about how we lost control over food and what we can do to get it back.
For the millions of people struggling with their weight as well as those of us who simply can’t seem to eat our favorite foods in moderation, Dr. Kessler’s cutting-edge investigation offers valuable insights and practical answers for America’s largest-ever public health crisis. There has never been a more thorough, compelling, or in-depth analysis of why we eat the way we do.
Most of us know what it feels like to fall under the spell of food—when one slice of pizza turns into half a pie, or a handful of chips leads to an empty bag. But it’s harder to understand why we can’t seem to stop eating—even when we know better. When we want so badly to say “no,” why do we continue to reach for food? Dr. David Kessler, the dynamic former FDA commissioner who reinvented the food label and tackled the tobacco industry, now reveals how the food industry has hijacked the brains of millions of Americans. The result? America’s number-one public health issue.
Dr. Kessler cracks the code of overeating by explaining how our bodies and minds are changed when we consume foods that contain sugar, fat, and salt. Food manufacturers create products by manipulating these ingredients to stimulate our appetites, setting in motion a cycle of desire and consumption that ends with a nation of overeaters. The End of Overeating explains for the first time why it is exceptionally difficult to resist certain foods and why it’s so easy to overindulge.
Dr. Kessler met with top scientists, physicians, and food industry insiders. The End of Overeating uncovers the shocking facts about how we lost control over our eating habits—and how we can get it back. Dr. Kessler presents groundbreaking research, along with what is sure to be a controversial view inside the industry that continues to feed a nation of overeaters—from popular brand manufacturers to advertisers, chain restaurants, and fast food franchises. For the millions of people struggling with weight as well as for those of us who simply don’t understand why we can’t seem to stop eating our favorite foods, Dr. Kessler’s cutting-edge investigation offers new insights and helpful tools to help us find a solution.
There has never been a more thorough, compelling, or in-depth analysis of why we eat the way we do. (Goodreads)
In The End of Overeating, Dr. David A. Kessler, former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, takes an in-depth look at the ways in which we have been conditioned to overeat. Dr. Kessler presents a combination of fascinating anecdotes and newsworthy research – including interviews with physicians, psychologists, and neurologists – to understand how we became a culture addicted to the over-consumption of unhealthy foods. He also provides a controversial view inside the food industry, from popular processed food manufacturers to advertisers, chain restaurants, and fast food franchises. Kessler deconstructs the endless cycle of craving and consumption that the industry has created, and breaks down how our minds and bodies join in the conspiracy to make it all work. He concludes by offering us a common sense prescription for change, both in our selves and in our culture. (Indigo Books)
• Talk by David Kessler at the Harvard Bookstore (video) on October 5, 2010. David A, Kessler, former commissioner of the US Food & Drug Administration, discusses his book, “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite,” presented by Harvard Book Store. Kessler explains how the food industry manipulates the way we eat, why it is exceptionally difficult to resist certain foods, and why its so easy to overindulge. He also provides facts about how to better control eating habits.
• Interview with David Kessler by Louise McCready Hart. Huffington Post, June 6, 2009.
• Review of The End of Overeating by Teresa Britton. FoodAnthropology, the blog of the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition.
• Review in EatRightPRO, of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
• How the Food Makers Captured Our Brains, by Tara Parker-Pope. New York Times, June 22, 2009.
• The Peril of Palatability. A former FDA chief sounds the alarm about dangerously delicious food, by Jacob Sullum. Reason, November 2009 issue.