Dr Michael Cooper, author of Somebody Help Me! I'm Too Heavy and Hungry (www.somebodyhelpme.co.nz), which prescribes a reduction in fat-rich food and an increase in fibre-rich food, is a medical practitioner who has had a lifetime interest in nutrition. He worked in general practice for many years in Auckland, New Zealand, then at a specialist weight loss clinic, Dr Dennis Spackman’s Weight Clinic. He is a past president of the New Zealand Medical Association.
Professor Harvey White, Director of Coronary Care and Greenlane Cardiovascular Research Unit at Auckland City Hospital, wrote of Somebody Help Me!: ‘The book is written in such a way that is easy to read with a lovely turn of phrase which compelled me to want to turn the page and read the next section. I highly recommend the extensive and practical appendix.’
Associate Professor Clifford Tasman-Jones, former Head of Human Nutrition, Auckland Medical School, University of Auckland, and past Chairman, New Zealand Nutrition Foundation, said that the way questions were addressed reflected ‘the clinical acumen and confidence the author has acquired from the successful management of individuals with an excess weight issue’.
Professor Emeritus Ranginui Walker recommended the book as ‘a lucid layman’s guide to healthy eating as a solution to the problem of morbid obesity and its downstream effects of type 2 diabetes that is so prevalent among the Maori sector of our population’.