Welcome to the Rethinking Thin
book discussion group! We’re going to be talking about Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss--and the Myths and Realities of Dieting
. Written by New York Times science reporter Gina Kolata, it’s creating a lot of buzz around the Internet both for its reporting on the science of obesity and for the author’s conclusions about where the research leaves us.
The book’s organization doesn’t lend itself to an easy discussion format. It’s not one to go through chapter by chapter, the way we did with Thin For Life
, because many of the interesting and controversial ideas span multiple chapters. So what I’ve come up with is a discussion of select passages that embody the major ideas of the book. I’ve gone through and highlighted what I think are the key concepts and we can discuss them one by one.
I’m going to start us off with a brief synopsis of the book so that anyone who hasn’t had a chance to read it will be able to join in our discussion.
One thing to keep in mind – it’s safe to say that we all have strong opinions about obesity and weight loss! And they may or may not conflict with those in the book. None of our thoughts and opinions are right or wrong and I wouldn’t want to see our discussion end up as an argument. I hope we all can recognize that we’re only beginning to discover the root causes of obesity and that there are many different avenues to prevent and deal with the consequences. Let's just explore new ideas together without turning it into a debate, OK?
I'll be back with the synopsis!