The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler, MD
This book provides insight into why we overeat and why it is so hard to resist eating even when not hungry. The author, former commissioner of the USFDA, discusses why sugar, fat, and salt make food so compelling and indulgent. Currently on the New York Bestseller List, this is, in CONCI’S opinion, required reading. The following review will give you an idea of the book’s content.
Most of us know what it feels like to fall under the spell of food-when one slice of pizza turns into half a pie, or a handful of chips leads to an empty bag. But it’s harder to understand why we can’t seem to stop eating-even when we know better. When we want so badly to say “no,” why do we continue to reach for food? Dr. David Kessler reveals how the food industry has used to their advantage the biochemistry of sugar, fat, and salt and the effect each has on the human brain. Dr. Kessler explains how our bodies and minds are changed when we consume foods that contain sugar, fat, and salt. Food manufacturers create products by manipulating these ingredients to stimulate our appetites, setting in motion a cycle of desire and consumption that ends with a nation of overeaters. The End of Overeating explains why it is exceptionally difficult to resist certain foods and why it’s so easy to overindulge.
The End of Overeating uncovers the shocking facts about how we lost control over our eating habits-and how we can get it back. Dr. Kessler presents groundbreaking research, along with what is sure to be a controversial view inside the industry that continues to feed a nation of overeaters-from popular brand manufacturers to advertisers, chain restaurants, and fast food franchises.