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Why calories count : from science to politics

Author: Marion Nestle; Malden C Nesheim
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2012.
Series: California studies in food and culture, 33.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Calories--too few or too many--are the source of health problems affecting billions of people in today's globalized world. Although calories are essential to human health and survival, they cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. They are also hard to understand. In Why Calories Count, Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim explain in clear and accessible language what calories are and how they work, both biologically and  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marion Nestle; Malden C Nesheim
ISBN: 9780520262881 0520262883 0520280059 9780520280052
OCLC Number: 755698748
Awards: Winner of IACP Crystal Whisk Award (Food Matters) 2013
Description: 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Part one. Understanding calories: it all starts with the science. What is a calorie ; The history: from ancient Greece to modern calorie science ; Foods: how scientists count the calories ; Bodies: how scientists measure the use of calories --
Part two. Why you need calories: survival, warmth, and work. Metabolism: how the body turns food into energy ; The first use of calories: basic life functions ; The second use: heat losses while metabolizing food ; The third use: physical activity --
Part three. Calorie intake and its regulation. How many calories do you need? ; Calorie confusion: the struggle to estimate intake ; Secret calories: alcohol ; Calorie regulation: the body's complex weight management system --
Part four. Too few calories. Starvation and its effects on the body ; Individuals, communities, nations: calories and global hunger ; Could restricting calories prolong human life? --
Part five. Too many calories. An introduction to obesity ; Calories and weight gain: another complex relationship ; Do excess calories make some people gain weight faster than others? ; Are all calories created equal? ; Do some kinds of diets work better than others? --
Part six. The politics of calories: a closer look. Today's "eat-more" environment: the role of the food industry ; More calorie confusion: portion distortion, health halos, and wishful thinking ; Calorie labeling: science and politics ; Alcohol labels: industry vs. consumers ; Will calorie labels help fight obesity? --
Conclusion: How to cope with the calorie environment --
Appendix one. Selected events in the history of calories, 1614-1919 --
Appendix two. The respiratory quotient (RQ) --
Appendix three. Frequently asked questions.
Series Title: California studies in food and culture, 33.
Responsibility: Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim.

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Explains what calories are and how they work, both biologically and politically. This title takes readers through the issues that are fundamental to our understanding of diet and food, weight gain,  Read more...

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"A feast for the mind." Nature 20120314 "The most succinct diet book ever written." The Scientist 20120201 "People should read this book. They should read it if they are obsessive weight-watchers or Read more...

 
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