Conditioned hypereating is a biological challenge, not a character flaw, says Dr. David Kessler, former FDA commissioner under presidents Bush and Clinton. Dr. Kessler describes how, since the 1980s, the food and advertising industries, and lifestyle changes have short-circuited the body's self-regulating mechanisms, leaving many at the mercy of reward-driven eating. Through the evidence of research, personal stories (including candid accounts of his own struggles) and examinations of specific foods produced by giant food corporations and restaurant chains, Dr. Kessler explains how the desire to eat—as distinct from eating itself—is stimulated in the brain by an almost infinite variety of diabolical combinations of salt, fat and sugar. Although not everyone succumbs, more people of all ages are being set up for a lifetime of food obsession due to the ever-present availability of foods laden with salt, fat and sugar. A gentle though urgent plea for reform, Kessler's book provides a simple food rehab program to fight back against the industry's relentless quest for profits while an entire country of people gain weight and get sick. According to Kessler, persistence is all that is needed to make the perceptual shifts and find new sources of rewards to regain control.
A book by the dream team for healthy eating: Mollie Katzen is the author of the landmark Moosewood Cookbook and one of Health magazine's five "Women Who Changed the Way We Eat;" Dr. Walter Willett is the head of the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition. Together they've created a weight-loss plan that's not only easy to implement -- with gradual shifts rather than quick fixes -- but filled with delicious, enjoyable foods and more than one hundred of Mollie's fabulous recipes.
As scientists learn more about the disease-fighting compounds found in fruits and vegetables, it becomes clear that the more vibrantly colored the food, the more protection it may confer against specific diseases such as cancer, arthritis, and memory and vision loss; "pigment power", as it is called by the authors (Joseph is a lead scientist at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University). They recommend consuming nine to ten servings a day rather than the heavily promoted five-a-day, but the portions are small, and snacks and juices count.