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  1. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Not Even Worth $2.99, March 30, 2013
    By 
    Joni

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    This review is from: Summary of Fat Chance — Battling Sugar, Obesity & Disease by Robert Lustig (Kindle Edition)

    This summary is nothing more than a bad book report. It seems that, rather the the author reading the book, understanding the content and then writing a summary of the content, he went through the book chapter by chapter and thought ‘This sounds like it might be important; I’ll include this in my summary.’

    Each section I read left me with the ‘So what?’ question. Nothing in the summary even addressed the title of the book. Nothing discussed how to beat the odds against sugar, etc. Each section stated a few facts, but the facts weren’t pulled together into a cohesive story that related to the title.

    I’ve requested a refund and will put the $2.99 toward purchase of the actual book.

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  2. 5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    The summary is a distortion!, April 6, 2013
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    This review is from: Summary of Fat Chance — Battling Sugar, Obesity & Disease by Robert Lustig (Kindle Edition)

    The summary has a serious problem. It distorts what was written in the book.

    Take the chapter 4 summary as an example. Its last paragraph wrote:

    “Another recent biochemical discovery is the hormone Leptin, which, ironically, is derived from the Greek Leptos, meaning, “thin.” It’s been discovered that, almost without exception, Leptin deficiency (or resistance to insulin) is a characteristic of obese individuals. Tested on mice, researchers found that when obese subjects were injected with healthy Leptin, the mice stopped being virtual gluttons and were soon “normal.” In the limited tests performed on human subjects, the results were outstanding. The subjects became more physically active, abandoned their previous ravenous appetites, and showed marked improvement in their overall health. From these findings, the health research community has stopped short of proclaiming a cure, but are confidently proclaiming that Leptin resistance seems to be one of, if not THE key to controlling obesity. Further research is needed, but this development definitely has many health professionals feeling optimistic.”

    In other words, the summary tells you that the problem with obesity is leptin deficiency.

    But chapter 4 of the book tells you that:

    – First, the above mentioned leptin injection worked because those human subjects were children with a gene mutation preventing them from creating leptin.

    – Second, people with such gene mutation are rare exceptions. Most of the obese individuals have plenty of leptin in their body. Leptin injection did not work on those people as carried out by Steven Heymsfield in 1999.

    – Third, leptin deficiency is NOT the issue for most of the obese individuals. The real problem was with high level of insulin which blocks leptin signaling.

    By the way, the summary was written by “Save Time Summaries” (savetimesummaries@gmail.com), NOT by the book’s author Robert H. Lustig, M. D.

    I’ve requested a refund!

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  3. 5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    Great Summary of this Important Topic, March 26, 2013
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    Michael S. (Minneapolis, MN) –

    This review is from: Summary of Fat Chance — Battling Sugar, Obesity & Disease by Robert Lustig (Kindle Edition)

    This is a great book if you want to sift through what is fact vs fiction in the world of nutrition. The book summary is based on the full-length book by Robert Lustig, which focuses on the many decades of research and lends perspective to the studies.

    I loved this format. This is the most succinct explanation I’ve found of the biochemistry of nutrition, and gives some great direction for helping address our national eating disorder. Also, really delves into the recent research on sugar as addiction–it’s a pretty compelling argument and fits squarely with the psychology of addiction. The best part though – I didn’t have to sift through hundreds of pages in the original book. I’m a busy man, so I love that I can have just the main, takeaway points from each chapter. This still gives me enough information to fully grasp the concepts and understand the author’s arguments. This format is perfect for my morning commutes, and I’ll definitely be checking out the other offerings from Save Time Summaries.

    If you have any interest in the state of nutrition in America, but you just want the facts and bullet-points, this book is perfect for you.

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