Reviews for Your Food Is Fooling You : How Your Brain Is Hijacked by Sugar, Fat, and Salt

Booklist Reviews 2013 February #2
Pediatrician and former USFDA commissioner Kessler has some bleak information for teens about what they eat and the food industry's role in America's overeating problem. As is often the case with self-help titles, this adaptation of Kessler's adult title The End of Overeating (2009) features evidence more anecdotal than scientific, as Kessler cites friends, a woman he saw on a talk show, and a couple of studies featuring rats and Froot Loops, without really citing cold, hard data. But his scared-straight tactics are effective. Readers will reflect on their own eating histories and recognize some familiarity with the descriptions of industry-standard, presoftened, melt-in-your-mouth foodstuffs, which inevitably contain enough calories to choke our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Kessler reponds with a dietary method that doesn't promise a quick fix but instead offers some consoling advice on how to kick an overeating habit. Also suggest The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets behind What You Eat (2009), which Chevat cowrote with Michael Pollan. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

VOYA Reviews 2013 June
In this young reader's edition of Kessler's The End of Overeating (Rodale, 2010), the author reinforces the simple principle that eating too much can cause obesity. He continues to explain how restaurants and food manufacturing companies create products that are full of sugar, fat, and salt, which "hijack" people's brains when eaten. This causes consumers to crave more of the unhealthy foods and eat them to excess. Kessler breaks down his findings using examples from popular chain restaurants, and concludes the book with "Food Rehab," where he offers ways to overcome food challenges While his points are often repetitive, the writing style certainly asserts Kessler's thesis: that sugar, fat, and salt affect the chemistry of the brain so that those who consume these products become addicted to unhealthy foods and proceed to overeat them. Teens may get tired of this restatement throughout the chapters, but the information about the contents of restaurant food is interesting and makes it relatable. A huge plus is the section that lists simple behaviors to put into practice for those battling the overeating addiction. Kessler also reinforces the premise that eating is healthy and not something to feel guilty about; it is just overeating the wrong foods that causes excessive weight gain and health problems. Pair this title with books like Eat This, Not That by David Zinczenko (Rodale, 2007) and the memoir Hungry by Allen Zadoff (De Capo Lifelong, 2007).--Deena Viviani Table of Contents. Index. 4Q 2P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.