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The Truth About Fat by Anthony Warner

The Truth About Fat

Anthony Warner

2.13 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Oneworld Publications
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 10 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9781786075130

Who or what is to blame for us getting fat and ill in increasing numbers? Sugar or fat? Gut microbes or genes? Laziness or poverty? Whatever it is, it's placing a devastating burden on our healthcare system, and scientists in every field are desperate to explain this epidemic and stave off a modern health disaster. Anthony Warner, author of The Angry Chef is back, and he wants answers.

  • The TimesBook of the Week
2 stars out of 5
David Aaronovitch
4 Jan 2019

"Warner notes that the health arguments and the aesthetic judgments about fatness and obesity have got mixed up "

Warner’s argument is that obesity is not an epidemic, but is endemic. It is not a new Aids, but a situation inherent in a modern civilisation composed of ordinary human beings living in a new world of calorie abundance... Good for him. But he ends up, alas, with an altogether hurried and skimpy vision of an alternative “holistic” approach to building healthy living into our towns and cities. If you’re going to persuade me that Amsterdam may have the policies needed to bust this one, you’ll have to spend more than three pages of a 350-page book on it.

Reviews

3 stars out of 5
1 Feb 2019

"Warner writes well and explains complex ideas clearly."

Despite ignoring the elephant in the room, Warner is often on target in revealing the bad science and illogical thinking that underlie specific food fads and overly simplistic approaches to complex, multi-causal problems, such as what is making so many of us fat. He shows some compassion in rejecting fat-shaming and social hostility towards our larger friends and neighbours. He likes using rude words to up his street cred – I couldn’t be bothered to do a ‘fuck’ count – but despite the continuation of the Angry Chef persona, Warner writes well and explains complex ideas clearly.

  • The GuardianBook of the Day
2 stars out of 5
Bee Wilson
3 Jan 2019

"Fat-shaming and snooty diet advice are rightly targeted in this polemic. But Warner’s anger is oddly limited"

The strangeness of the book emerges when you start to examine what he is actually saying about the causes of modern obesity and, more widely, of diet-related illness such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease... If you think that the question of what children eat is “trivial”, this is the book on obesity for you. It will chime with many people’s wish not to be lectured at by people who claim to know better, and goes to great lengths to absolve the food industry and its relentless marketing of processed food from playing any role in modern diet problems.