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  • Published: 15 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9780307474254
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $35.00

Why We Get Fat

And What to Do About It



Clearly and concisely, Why We Get Fat corrects our understanding of calories, fat, carbohydrates, cholesterol, insulin resistance, metabolism, exercise, genetics, and the obesity epidemic. Complete with an easy-to-follow diet, this is an essential guide to nutrition and weight management, from New York Times bestselling author Gary Taubes.

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “Taubes stands the received wisdom about diet and exercise on its head.” —The New York Times

What’s making us fat? And how can we change? Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, bestselling author Gary Taubes revisits these urgent questions. Featuring a new afterword with answers to frequently asked questions.

Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century—none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat—and the good science that has been ignored. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid? Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat is an essential guide to nutrition and weight management.

Complete with an easy-to-follow diet.  Featuring a new afterword with answers to frequently asked questions. 

  • Published: 15 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9780307474254
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes is a journalist and author whose books on controversial science include Nobel Dreams and Bad Science, a New York Times notable book of the year. He is the only journalist to have won the National Association of Science Writer's prestigious Science-in-Society award three times.

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Praise for Why We Get Fat

  • FRONT COVER QUOTE: "Taubes has done us a great service by bringing these issues to the table." --The Boston Globe
  • "Will change the way you look at calories, the food pyramid, and your daily diet." --Men's Journal
  • "Taubes presents the data in a compelling and convincing new way. He breaks it down for us from historical and, more importantly, scientific perspectives." --Philadelphia Daily News