Sometimes it feels like everyone has an opinion on what you should or shouldn’t eat—and with those opinions come judgments about what you should or shouldn’t look like. Suddenly, a concern about our bodies has driven our minds into anxiety, insecurity, and maybe even disordered eating.
So while it’s difficult enough to figure out which diets really work, it’s possibly even more tricky to understand what our relationship to diets should be. Should we really worry about sticking to them? Should we be recommending them to our friends, siblings, children? Fortunately, the five excellent books below begin to untangle these pressing questions.
Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture
By Virginia Sole-Smith
An acclaimed journalist examines the daily onslaught of fatphobia and body shaming that kids face from school, sports, doctors, diet culture, and parents themselves―and offers strategies for how families can change the conversation around weight, health, and self-worth. Listen to our Book Bite Summary, read by author Virginia Sole-Smith, in the Next Big Idea App
What’s Eating Us: Women, Food, and the Epidemic of Body Anxiety
By Cole Kazdin
Blending personal narrative and investigative reporting, an Emmy Award-winning journalist reveals that disordered eating is an epidemic crisis killing millions of women. Listen to our Book Bite Summary, read by author Cole Kazdin, in the Next Big Idea App
I’m So Effing Hungry: Why We Crave What We Crave—and What to Do About It
By Amy Shah
A leading medical doctor—and the Instagram personality @fastingmd—shares her proven 5-step program for battling excessive hunger and food cravings by harnessing the power of psychobiotics and intermittent fasting. Listen to our Book Bite Summary, read by author Amy Shah, in the Next Big Idea App
What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health
By Anne Biklé and David Montgomery
The roots of good health start on farms. What Your Food Ate marshals evidence from recent and forgotten science to illustrate how the health of the soil ripples through to that of crops, livestock, and ultimately us. Listen to our Book Bite Summary, read by co-author Anne Biklé, in the Next Big Idea App
Anxious Eaters: Why We Fall for Fad Diets
By Janet Chrzan and Kima Cargill
Considering dietary beliefs and practices in terms of culture, nutrition, and individual psychological needs, Anxious Eaters refrains from moralizing or promoting a “right” way to eat, instead offering new ways of understanding the popularity of a wide range of eating trends. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Janet Chrzan, in the Next Big Idea App
The Key Ideas in 15 Minutes
“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.
But imagine for a moment: What if you could read a groundbreaking new book every day? Or even better, what if you could invite a world-renowned thinker into your earbuds, where they personally describe the 5 key takeaways from their work in just 15 minutes?
With the Next Big Idea App, we’ve turned this fantasy into a reality. We partnered with hundreds of acclaimed authors to create “Book Bites,” short audio summaries of the latest nonfiction that are prepared and read aloud by the authors themselves. Discover cutting-edge leadership skills, productivity hacks, the science of happiness and well-being, and much more—all in the time it takes to drive to work or walk the dog.
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