The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You
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The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You


Fat is an obsession, a dirty word, a subject of national handwringing—and, according to biochemist Sylvia Tara, the least-understood part of our body.

You may not love your fat, but your body certainly does. In fact, your body is actually endowed with many self-defense measures to hold on to fat. For example, fat can use stem cells to regenerate; increase our appetite if it feels threatened; and use bacteria, genetics, and viruses to expand itself. The secret to losing twenty pounds? You have to work with your fat, not against it. Tara explains how your fat influences your appetite and willpower, how it defends itself when attacked, and why it grows back so quickly. The Secret Life of Fat brings cutting-edge research together with historical perspectives to reveal fat’s true identity: an endocrine organ that, in the right amount, is critical to our health. Fat triggers puberty, enables our reproductive and immune systems, and even affects brain size.

Although we spend $60 billion annually fighting fat, our efforts are often misinformed and misdirected. Tara expertly illustrates the complex role that genetics, hormones, diet, exercise, and history play in our weight, and The Secret Life of Fat sets you on the path to beat the bulge once and for all.

Title:The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

    The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You Reviews

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    Oct 15, 2016

    Highly recommended. Sylvia Tara, PhD. Dec. 14 W.W. Norton and Co. In a world which bombards us with its "the right way" in what to eat, how to eat, how much to weigh, how to measure Body Mass Index, t...

  • The Pfaeffle Journal
    Feb 13, 2017

    In Sylvia Tara's book the The Secret Life of Fat, she discusses what some researchers have discovered about fat, she does an excellent job of describing in layperson terms how fat interacts with the b...

  • Douglas Lord
    Jan 23, 2017

    Secret? My own fat is pretty public. This book is freaking transformative as it makes the case for a changed view of fat. First-time author and biochemistry PhD Tara clearly illustrates something that...

  • Bree Taylor
    Feb 08, 2017

    Sylvia Tara takes us on a fascinating journey to look at the genetics and history of fat. She explains thoroughly and clearly the history of how fat went from just blobs on the body to a dynamic organ...

  • Eve
    Apr 10, 2017

    This doesn't have the same depth of analysis as Kolata's Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss--And the Myths and Realities of Dieting, but it is an interesting updated look at the science o...

  • Marcy Graybill
    Jan 19, 2017

    I loved the first part of the book, Dr. Tara discusses the research into Fat and the need for Fat, and the good and the bad Fat, etc. She gives case studies and brings people's stories in, which are i...

  • Marsha
    Nov 05, 2016

    Not your usual book about fat!Sylvia Tara introduces cutting edge research in the science of fat, weight gain and weight loss in an engaging way, using a highly readable anecdotal style, illustrating ...

  • Elena
    Mar 08, 2017

    Sylvia Tara writes well, at times intriguingly, page-turningly even on such a topic. I am certainly not an expert but from my point of view this work is closer to a deep research and further from simp...

  • linhtalinhtinh
    Jan 30, 2017

    My roommate bought a tool to measure body fat last week (I think it is called skin caliper or sth like that), which makes me a little bit interested. After reading this book, I was able to learn the w...

  • Mskychick
    Feb 25, 2017

    The more I think on and digest this information, the more some of it seems suspect. There's a little throwaway section on how putting hot food in plastic containers can make one fat. Also a section ad...