Jan 10

Read a short review last night in The Economist about a new book by Louise Foxcroft called Calories & Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2000 Years. They rattled off some startling statistics about dieting: first, that in a recent study of 31 long-term diet plans, two-third of participants ended up heavier than before they started. Also, they reiterated what many of the folks I’ve interviewed for my blog contend: that weight-loss pills and surgery are ineffective, and can be dangerous. At the same time, the “girth-management” business earns $40 billion per year in the US alone! One of the quotes from her book: “The diet industry is all about exploitation and profit.” Sounds very interesting & timely, given all of the discussion about wellness in the media.

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