The Hundred Year Diet: America's Voracious Appetite for

The Hundred Year Diet: America's Voracious Appetite for Losing Weight A lively cultural history of the American weight loss industry that explores the origins of our obsession with dieting


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  1. Dara Dara says:

    I was disappointed in this It starts out well cataloging the insane diets of the 1800s and on, you realize just how nutty Americans have been about food for quite a long time The discussions are all really superficial, however, which was especially frustrating since the book is relatively short There would have been room for a much deeper discussion, and I felt like I was reading a book aimed at high school students.I was really disappointed, however, at the last few chapters, which were e I was disappointed in this It starts out well cataloging the insane diets of the 1800s and on, you realize just how nutty Americans have been about food for quite a long time The discussions are all really superficial, however, which was especially frustrating since the book is relatively short There would have been room for a much deeper discussion, and I felt like I was reading a book aimed at high school students.I was really disappointed, however, at the last few chapters, which were evenclearly thrown together There was one chapter in particular that briefly threw out words like health at every size and Paul Campos, then dismissed such analysis with a totally conclusory but it s clear that obesity is a health risk It really annoyed me the book has just spent 150 pages outlining how decades of crazy diets have never worked and often made dieters heavier and heavier, then refuses to even contemplate the thesis of HAES, which is that focusing on health, rather than just the numbers on the scale, will be mucheffective The refusal to even engage the arguments underscored how shallow the book s discussions are It s still an entertaining read, I m just glad I got it from the library and didn t buy it and I suspect mining the bibliography for further reading will beinteresting than the book itself


  2. Richard Magahiz Richard Magahiz says:

    I was interested in this book because I am in the middle of a medically supervised diet plan to try to take off the last few decade s worth of excess weight I don t recall how I had slipped onto the road to obesity in middle age, but I do remember the half measures I d tried to get myself off of it on my own It seemed clear that it was all a matter ofpowerful forces than an individual could comprehend unaided.This is a survey through all the attempts to discourage Americans from growing I was interested in this book because I am in the middle of a medically supervised diet plan to try to take off the last few decade s worth of excess weight I don t recall how I had slipped onto the road to obesity in middle age, but I do remember the half measures I d tried to get myself off of it on my own It seemed clear that it was all a matter ofpowerful forces than an individual could comprehend unaided.This is a survey through all the attempts to discourage Americans from growing obese, sometimes on scientific principles, sometimes not, starting in the 19th century The most revealing aspect was to see the way the same ideas would come around a generation or two later It points to the current day understanding that appetite and metabolism is controlled by a complicated interplay of many factors, difficult to codify in a simple diet that suits the lifestyle of today In the second half of the book, they described a number of weight loss medications which came into vogue in the last few decades Besides these, there were also the synthetic foods and additives marketed by the food industry with the ultimate goal of increasing profits The topic has all become harder for an average consumer to navigate without help, and this book is a good way to gain a perspective on how we have all gotten to this state


  3. Becca Becca says:

    I was hoping for a fun romp through the crazy fad diets of the last several hundred years This exists for the first couple of chapters, but it really quite short on each diet Nevertheless, this part is pretty interesting and a good discussion of dieting culture most Americans truly had no clue how to eat any And then, a rant about obesity in America, with no reference to the fact that it could be related to that one, extremely insightful quote Or to the fact that yoyo dieting leaves mos I was hoping for a fun romp through the crazy fad diets of the last several hundred years This exists for the first couple of chapters, but it really quite short on each diet Nevertheless, this part is pretty interesting and a good discussion of dieting culture most Americans truly had no clue how to eat any And then, a rant about obesity in America, with no reference to the fact that it could be related to that one, extremely insightful quote Or to the fact that yoyo dieting leaves most people heavier than they started, which Yager even discusses, but does not in anyway connect to her hundred page rant about obesity By the way, in case you re living on the moon, obesity is a problem in America, and this is somehow thought to be novel enough to be worth several chapters And then I got evenfrustrated as the last three chapters where Yager is completely credulous about organic food and says crazy stuff like organic food is inherently healthier, eating organic will make Americansconscious about their food choices and that modern Americans don t diet any and that the obesity problem is going to be solved as Americans choose to eat organic Seriously, talk about living on the moon, or at least in her non food desert, upper middle class, Whole Foods going bubble.And then she hit a nerve when she tied in the hemolytic uremic syndrome outbreak of 2009 into Americans not being aware enough of food and being too willing to buy cheap food I personally took care of several patients during the outbreak and to blame their illness on their smart, caring, insightful and upper middle class parents who apparently are at fault for buying hamburger meat really rankled


  4. Jane Night Jane Night says:

    Synopsis A nonfiction book that looks at how American s have been looking at weight and diets historically with the major focus on views since World War IMy rating 4 5Overall I enjoyed this book and found it insightful and interesting The book was approximately 250 pages and there were times it became repetitive or I was ready for the topic to move forward before it did I think this is something I find often occurs in nonfiction presumably because an author is trying to reiterate their points Synopsis A nonfiction book that looks at how American s have been looking at weight and diets historically with the major focus on views since World War IMy rating 4 5Overall I enjoyed this book and found it insightful and interesting The book was approximately 250 pages and there were times it became repetitive or I was ready for the topic to move forward before it did I think this is something I find often occurs in nonfiction presumably because an author is trying to reiterate their points The repetition and occasional dragging of the book didn t significantly hinder my enjoyment This book looks at the primary diets we use today and their origins Not surprisingly most of the diets in use are diets that were created long ago They are re branded, repackaged, and tweaked however they areor less the same Rest assured that all diets work, to a degree, assuming you can follow them Sadly, for the vast majority of people making a dietary lifestyle change to maintain weightless over the lifespan proves too great a sacrifice While many people enter restrictive diets with enthusiasm most realize, after a time, that they can t comply with harsh restrictions but that those restrictions are required to lose and maintain weight loss.This book looks at trends, statistics, and origins of diets I think it is eye opening and worth the read for anyone struggling with their weight though they may be disheartened to learn that the author doesn t have a concrete answer on the best diet for weight loss While there is no magic reveal about the best diet for weight loss I believe that reading this book will make dietersknowledgeable consumers which is valuable If you are planning to diet at some point in your life I recommend reading this book The insights given are valuable even if the answer to the diet question remains elusive


  5. Laurel Amberdine Laurel Amberdine says:

    As the lengthy title explains, this is a book about the American quest for a solution to being overweight, including diets both faddish and sensible, bizarre equipment, pills, manufactured foods, andIt starts a little over 100 years ago, when the first fad diets in the US developed as part of certain evangelical Christian practices Eventually religious cults turned into health clinics, and health clinics turned into weight loss resorts for the rich and famous Any actual science came muc As the lengthy title explains, this is a book about the American quest for a solution to being overweight, including diets both faddish and sensible, bizarre equipment, pills, manufactured foods, andIt starts a little over 100 years ago, when the first fad diets in the US developed as part of certain evangelical Christian practices Eventually religious cults turned into health clinics, and health clinics turned into weight loss resorts for the rich and famous Any actual science came much later and remains elusive to this day Many of the diets and their proponents are amusingly strange There s a slight undertone of mockery throughout the book, but especially in the beginning I did not enjoy that Still, it is interesting and enlightening to see the history of where the American fascination with weight loss came from, and how it s developed over the years Note, this is not some dispassionate historical study It is a book with an agenda to discredit useless, dangerous weight loss techniques, and to investigate possible causes and solutions regarding the current obesity problem What s interesting is that until the 1980s, there was no serious problem with weight in this country Sure, there were occasional fat people, but there always have been Only recently has weight gain started to affect a majority of the population Long before that, though, Americans were obsessed with diets And maybe that was part of the problem Overall, this is an interesting, informative book, which covers a crucial topic I would have liked a little less derision, and a littleopen mindedness Even if the author fully intends to discredit something like, say, low carb diets, it would beconvincing if her opinion didn t seem predetermined In the end, the causes of obesity seem elusive and varied sugar, fat, convenient tasty energy dense, possibly addictive foods, too little activity, plastics, medicines, pesticides, stress, crash dieting The solutions are not muchpromising Bariatric surgery Learning how to be satisfied with sensible amounts of nutrient rich but low calorie food in this toxic environment Maybe someday, a pill I would have likedcoverage of exercise overall It gets very little Recommended for anyone interested in diet and nutrition


  6. Rachel P Rachel P says:

    First, this book was AMAZING I usually don t gush over non fiction books because on average they tend to be dense, dry books that take a lot of will power to get through THIS book is different It is so well written it reads like a novel, a real page turner The Hundred Year Diet is a straight forward, plain language, simple to understand history of America s diet since the mid 19th century Ms Yager definitely took her time and did her homework because this book is very well researched and t First, this book was AMAZING I usually don t gush over non fiction books because on average they tend to be dense, dry books that take a lot of will power to get through THIS book is different It is so well written it reads like a novel, a real page turner The Hundred Year Diet is a straight forward, plain language, simple to understand history of America s diet since the mid 19th century Ms Yager definitely took her time and did her homework because this book is very well researched and the material is presented in easy to follow chronological order This book covers diet fads, national weight trends, and health epidemics associated with weight both real and imagined.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it really motivated me to take a closer look at the food I eat This is not a diet book in the sense that it offers a structured meal plan and promises outstanding weight loss but it DID inspire me to change certain foods in my diet, I think for the better This book is a practical, no nonsense look at food and the American food industry and the information helped empower me to makepositive choices in terms of what I eat I received this book as a first reads so I know it is not yet been edited but if I may make a suggestion to the author editors please put the endnotes at the end of the book instead of at the end of each chapter as it interrupts the flow of the book and hinders readability.Overall, an excellent 5 star book that I will be keeping on my bookshelves Thank you, Ms Yager


  7. Kitten Kisser Kitten Kisser says:

    I m not exactly sure what it was I expected of this book It was not at all what I thought it would be that is just fine with me All I can say is it was a real eye opener I had no idea that American s were on diets for such a long time even during the Great Depression American s dieting even though they were not fat Always striving to be what we are told is beautiful.The most noble part of the diet trend was the war effort to Grow Your Own Food That must be the smartest healthiest ti I m not exactly sure what it was I expected of this book It was not at all what I thought it would be that is just fine with me All I can say is it was a real eye opener I had no idea that American s were on diets for such a long time even during the Great Depression American s dieting even though they were not fat Always striving to be what we are told is beautiful.The most noble part of the diet trend was the war effort to Grow Your Own Food That must be the smartest healthiest time in our nations history regarding our diets We really need to get back into that mentality all have Victory Gardens It shouldn t take a war or environmental concerns or whatever the new thing is to get us to do this.I learned why the 7th Day Adventists are Vegetarians, I learned about diet pills, crash diets, and so much hype that has been feed to us for far too long Someone is always out there looking to make tons of cash on our insecurities.It is just the tip of the iceberg on how heavily we are influenced in so many ways in our day to day lives Living how we are expected to live Now it is normal to have diabetes be on tons of prescription med s Now we really are a fat nationI don t care who you are, if you care at all about how we Americans have been duped time and time again, you will want to read this book.The chapters are short each bit of info for the various topics is backed up with footnotes so the reader can do their own research if they so choose.Enlighten yourself


  8. Cathy Cathy says:

    Lots of interesting information here, about the beginnings of America s obsession with diet, weights, and the evils of food I would have likeddetail about the different diet doctors, because those sections were fascinating.I felt that it ran out of steam in the end Yager doesn t have anything very interesting to say about the current food landscape, and I thought her conclusion that everyone was going to start listening to Michael Pollan and stop buying so much processed food was wildl Lots of interesting information here, about the beginnings of America s obsession with diet, weights, and the evils of food I would have likeddetail about the different diet doctors, because those sections were fascinating.I felt that it ran out of steam in the end Yager doesn t have anything very interesting to say about the current food landscape, and I thought her conclusion that everyone was going to start listening to Michael Pollan and stop buying so much processed food was wildly unfounded People watching cooking as a spectator sport on the Food Network does NOT mean that they are going to change the way they eat, as she contends if anything, those shows just underline food preparation as something only professionals do, not a task suited to home cooks She also seems to think that losing weight and keeping it off long term is a simple proposition if only it were I would have likedexamination of how the very act of dieting and then regaining weight may well set us up to become heavier than ever Worth reading, but shouldn t be the only book about food and our bizarre cultural approach to it you pick up


  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    Goodreads win Looks like it will be an interesting read The Hundred Year Diet American s Voracious Appetite for Losing Weight turned out to be pretty good I enjoyed the reading first half of the book which took you through a few decades of dieting regimens that sounds absolutely ridiculous now I loved learning something new about America s dieting history Crazy stuff folks used to do to reduce The last few chapters were just okay Nothing jumped out at me that I didn t already know The Goodreads win Looks like it will be an interesting read The Hundred Year Diet American s Voracious Appetite for Losing Weight turned out to be pretty good I enjoyed the reading first half of the book which took you through a few decades of dieting regimens that sounds absolutely ridiculous now I loved learning something new about America s dieting history Crazy stuff folks used to do to reduce The last few chapters were just okay Nothing jumped out at me that I didn t already know There were opportunities to expand and develop these ideas further but it sort of glossed over each point I agree with another reviewer comments in that the last part of the book sounded rushed to finish I received a copy of the unedited pre released version of this book through First reads, which unfortunately made itdifficult to get through I couldn t stop focusing on all the sentence errors Not that I m a great writer or anything but it was distracting I m hoping the edited version was cleaner


  10. Joy Weese Moll Joy Weese Moll says:

    As the title suggests, The Hundred Year Diet covers the history of dieting in America from about World War I to the present day, with much of the message being thethings change, thethey stay the same In parallel, of course, it also covers the history of weight during that time, changes in the Met Life charts and in the weights of Americans throughout the last century Here the message is that the US has been declared too fat since at least the 1950s, even when the data didn t supp As the title suggests, The Hundred Year Diet covers the history of dieting in America from about World War I to the present day, with much of the message being thethings change, thethey stay the same In parallel, of course, it also covers the history of weight during that time, changes in the Met Life charts and in the weights of Americans throughout the last century Here the message is that the US has been declared too fat since at least the 1950s, even when the data didn t support that claim Now that the numbers of overweight and obese Americans really is high, we don t seem to have learned much in all those years of what to do about a real obesity epidemic.More thoughts here Book Review The Hundred Year Diet by Susan Yager


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