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Book Title: Losing It: False Hopes and Fat Profits in the Diet Industry|
The author of the book: Laura Fraser
Date of issue: May 1st 1998
ISBN 13: 9780452272910
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 672 KB
Read full description of the books Losing It: False Hopes and Fat Profits in the Diet Industry:This probing social and cultural history of our preoccupation with weight blows the whistle on a multi-billion dollar industry that feeds on insecurityTaking the same revolutionary and ultimately inspiring approach as The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, Losing It examines and explodes our culture's obsession with slenderness and the huge establishment that exploits our fears of being fat.
A reformed dieter and an ex-bulimic, Laura Fraser traces our fixation with thinness to the images that began appearing a hundred years ago in magazines like Ladies Home Journal and Cosmopolitan. Fraser chronicles the corresponding growth of a $50 billion a year industry that provides false hope in exchange for cash.
In this meticulously researched journey through Dietland, Fraser gives the inside scoop on:
-- Diet drugs, including the controversial phen/fen
-- Diet gurus Richard Simmons, Susan Powter, and Dean Ornish
-- Commercial weight loss centers, including Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers
-- Weight-loss products like thigh creams and diet cookies
Provocative, political, and personal, this revealing book is a remarkable work of investigative journalism and an enthralling, compelling story with almost universal relevance.
Read information about the authorI am a long-time journalist and San Franciscan who loves travel and books. I'm the author of the NYT-bestselling memoir An Italian Affair, and its sequel, All Over the Map. I also wrote a book about the diet industry, Losing It. I am the co-founder and editorial director of Shebooks.net, which publishes short, top-shelf ebooks by women. My own Shebook, The Risotto Guru, is all about eating in Italy.
I'm passionate about reading, and have kept a list of all the books I've read since I was about ten, which you can find on my website: http://www.laurafraser.com/booklists/. I teach and coach writing, particularly memoir and personal essay.
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