In Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It, science writer Gary Taubes seeks to debunk the standard "calories in-calories out" model of diet and nutrition. He argues that carbohydrates, and their ensuing insulin production, are the true source of weight gain, and that insulin's regulation of fat tissue is the true source of our modern obesity epidemic.
Gary Taubes is the author of several books about scientific controversy: Nobel Dreams, Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion, and Good Calories, Bad Calories. He has won the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers three times.
Joining Mr. Taubes in conversation will be acclaimed author Frederick Crews. Throughout his acclaimed career as a writer and critic, Mr. Crews has taken a similarly skeptical position toward popular trends in the scientific, literary, and psychoanalytic communities. His many books include The Pooh Perplex, The Critics Bear It Away: American Fiction and the Academy, and The Memory Wars: Freud's Legacy in Dispute.
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