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Shape We’re In

Sarah Boseley

The Shape We’re In: How Junk Food and Diets are Shortening Our Lives, by Sarah Boseley: ‘If you are fat it is your fault. You should just get on your bike and go on a diet . . .

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This demonization of the overweight by the media and politicians is unrelenting.

Sarah Boseley, the Guardian’s award-winning health editor, argues it’s time we understood the complex reality of what makes us fat.

Speaking to behavioral scientists and industry experts, yo-yo dieters and people who have gone under the knife, Boseley builds a picture of an obesogenic society – one where we’re constantly bombarded by the twin evils of big budget food marketing and the diet industry.

Filled with in-depth, original reporting, Boseley reveals just how widespread the problem is – 1 in 4 of us are obese – and makes the case that it is time to fundamentally change the way we live.

The Shape We’re In is essential reading for anyone interested in their health and the health of their children.

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We couldn't put it down.

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A thought-provoking read that asks us to consider obesity as not just a physical issue but in the context of the way we live today and the example we set our children.

Nursery World
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Scotland's appalling health record should mean every person in the country reads this book.

Lesley McDowell, The Herald
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'This book provides a masterly overview of the forces causing the global and UK obesity epidemic. I am supposed to be an expert in cardiovascular epidemiology, obesity and food policy. Yet I happily admit that I learnt many new and important things in every chapter . . . It is extremely well written . . . Sarah Bosely moves effortlessly from the expert overview to the compassionate description of an individual, and back again. She is non-judgmental and compassionate, but never over-sentimental . . . a pleasure to read, full of energy, vigour, and power.'

Simon Capewell MD DSc, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Liverpool
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'This book explores in very readable detail what every concerned parent should know about just who is making us fat. The science becomes sense. Yes we all have a personal responsibility, but so too does big business and government. We are all being abused and neglected. I hope everyone who reads this book will agree that it's time to fight back.'

Dr Ian Campbell, GP, obesity expert, and founder of Bodylibrium