Audiobook Adventures

Why_Diets_Make_Us_Fat_coverI just got my first opportunity to listen to the audio version of my new book, which I read myself. The experience of recording it was interesting: I had fun, but I’ll also try to write shorter sentences in the future! I recorded the audio in the first week of January, over three days of five or six hours each. When I went home afterward, I didn’t want to talk to anyone. During each day of recording, I think I spoke more than my usual allotment of words for a week.

Anyway, if you’re curious, you can listen a sample of my narration or buy the audiobook, which will be released on Tuesday, June 7th, along with the print version. I hope you like them both!

4 thoughts on “Audiobook Adventures

  1. Hi,
    I read your book with much interest!
    I would like to comment of part of your book, as, with respect, I think you have made an error – specifically Chapter 6 , subheading “Environmental Chemicals and Obesity”. In short , you seem to say that cats and dogs ( and wild rats) are getting fatter so the reason must be ‘something’ widespread in the environment.
    As a practising veterinary surgeon I don’t believe that environmental chemical/endocrine modulators are the major cause for for obesity in dogs and cats. I see MANY fat dogs and cats and I would venture to say that I (nearly) never see a fat pet with a thin owner. Dr. Jo Mitchell , Director of the NSW Center for Population Health recently commented in the press that “Fifty per cent of adults are overweight and obese so our perception of what’s healthy has changed over time.”. In conversation with the owners, most don’t think their pet is really THAT fat or indeed fat at all. As previously mentioned, these owners rarely have a body fat percentage under 40-50%. They basically overfeed the animals because they feed and the dogs/cats will eat it! (for various physiological and psychological reasons).
    Endocrine modulators may well be responsible for some diseases in cats, just not obesity!
    With respect to wild rats getting fatter – urban rats eat human refuse. If we are eating a poor quality diet, so are the rats.
    The title of Chapter 13 is “Healthy is better than thin”.
    I would be interested in your comments on an article in the press. There has been some ‘new’ research that you “cannot be fit and fat” or ….” Aerobic fitness in late adolescence and the risk of early death: a prospective cohort study of 1.3 million Swedish men” … in International J of Epidemiology. Do you equate ‘healthy’ with ‘fit’ or are you considering healthy a product of ‘good’ diet?
    Looking forward to your comments.
    Regards and I hope I have not offended you!

    • It’s quite possible that the “something” in the environment that is causing weight to increase across a variety of animals is changes to the food supply, leading to a poor quality diet. A variety of authors have suggested variants of this idea, suggesting that animals eat more total calories when their food lacks some important nutrient (for example, this article). But the findings on other species can’t be explained simply by pet owners deciding to offer more food to their pets. Laboratory animals have also gotten fatter over the same time period, as have wild rodents. Many of these animals are fed ad lib, yet they’re choosing to eat more.

      Regarding your second question, fitness goes a long way toward making people healthy by itself, but a good diet is also helpful. My response to the arguments over whether it’s possible to be fit and fat can be found in an older blog post. It’s long, so I won’t repeat it here.

  2. Hello,
    I’ve read your book with a great interest and enjoyed it very much. Thank you.
    But what I still am trying to understand is if there is hope for an obese person to lose significant amount of weight without surgery or diet? Since the defended range would be very high already, can we say that there is no hope for them to have a physically normal body?
    I would appreciate if you could please share your thoughts.

    Best Wishes,

    • Occasionally people lose large amounts of weight through lifestyle changes, without surgery or diet, but most people’s current weight is close to their defended range, so successful long-term weight loss is rare and typically requires a lifetime of effort. I’d be careful, though, about confusing thinness with “a physically normal body.” A person’s body can be healthy and fully functional without being thin.

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