Saturday, May 05, 2007

Gina Kolata rocks

Tomorrow's New York Times Book Review features a review of Gina Kolata's new book, Rethinking Thin. While the reviewer accepts Kolata's most relevant point--that most fat people do not get thin despite countless diets and interventions--she scoffs at Kolata's conclusion: that maybe there's nothing so wrong with being fat.

This is one book I can't wait to get my hands on. The reviewer was obviously biased from the get-go, but luckily that bias is so clear that there's no mistaking it for critical judgment. Kolata is a wonderful science writer who knows her stuff. I'm looking forward to reading it for myself.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, but in reading the review, I was equally concerned that Gina didn't really "get" it and either couldn't bring herself to acknowledge it, or got most of her information from a few diet/obesity researchers or didn't fully understand the science, but the review indicates she still comehow concluded that fat people all "have large" appetites and eat differently than thin ones. Ugh.