The Hungry Years: Confessions of a Food Addict by William Leith

By William Leith

Combining the disclosing cultural observation of speedy meals kingdom with the visceral insights of A Million Little Pieces, this is often the tale of a journalist’s fight with weight, and an unflinching examine our personal tradition of fats and thin.

"I notion: if i will comprehend the depression, my very own and everybody’s else’s, i may write the story—of why we hate fats, of why we're fats, of why, in a few perverse manner, we are looking to be fats. And, most significantly, what we will do to prevent being so fats. weight problems is the crucial human challenge in a nutshell—we try and make lifestyles effortless via giving ourselves entry to assets, after which we make existence tough by means of overconsuming these assets. we now have extra of every thing than we’ve ever had, and but we think emptier."

whereas on project to interview Dr. Robert Atkins, journalist William Leith learned that he couldn't document on nutrition by myself; he sought after desperately to enhance a deeper realizing of his dating with nutrition and the pathological cravings that led him (and hundreds of thousands of others) to develop into dangerously obese.

His Atkins interview led him to probe not just the hyperlink among carbohydrates and habit, but additionally how our courting with nutrients has replaced during the last few many years in mild of monetary, technological, and cultural alterations on the earth, in addition to our cultural obsession with bodies. Combining the technological know-how of foodstuff habit with memoir, humor, and sociological insights, The Hungry Years is a booklet that may strength us to examine our tradition of intake in a brand new way.

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What he discovered was that, when a diet stops, the dieter experiences 'raging appetite'. You can't help it. It's not you it's your body. ' Dieting, in other words, is like locking a sex maniac in a lap-dancing bar. He can look, but he can't touch. One day, inevitably, he escapes from the lap-dancing bar, and ventures into the real world. Like Cannon, I have been on diet after diet. Like Cannon, I have been on diet after diet that didn't work. Unlike Cannon, a little part of me, somewhere deep inside my brain, still has hope.

Later, it didn't bother me so much I was patient enough to pare off thin slices, which I would arrange carefully on the toast. Then I would wait until the butter had melted, something I can't imagine now. Now I'm in a hurry. The bread is brown. Damn. Still, I put two slices in the toaster, and, while I'm waiting, I take another slice from the loaf, butter it, fold it over, and eat it in three bites. I pop the toast, to see if it's nearly done, but it's not nowhere near so I butter another slice, and try, and fail, to eat it slowly.

Those who measure out their lives in terms of food, and those who don't. In any case, Sadie withheld sex as a motivation for me to lose weight. When we did have sex, she would take charge. I was fat, and she hated fat; in her eyes, I was diminished. So naturally, she felt a need to take charge. She had this one position she favoured. I would lie on my back which, being fat, I preferred anyway and she would lower herself on top of me, and then tell me to do a specific thing. I felt I had to get it exactly right.

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