You may already be familiar with neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt from her lauded TED talk Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work. If you’re unfamiliar with it, I suggest giving it a listen, as it is essentially a condensed version of this book. The single best thing about Aamodt’s ideas is that they are based on scientific fact. In our culture, it can be easy to be swayed into believing unsubstantiated ideas about thinness being achievable via dieting, health being predicated on body weight, and the virtue of certain foods and eating patterns. Sandra breaks all of that down by citing study after study proving, essentially, that for most of us significant and permanent weight loss is not the likely outcome of dieting and that our thin ideal has absolutely nothing to do with health.
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