New Resources for Nutrition Educators Book| Volume 55, ISSUE 3, P252, March 2023

Anxious Eaters: Why We Fall for Fad Diets

      From the acknowledgments to the final thoughts of The Anxious Eater: Why We Fall for Fad Diets, the reader can detect a hint of contempt for fad diets in anthropological and psychological contexts. This book debunks fad diets repeatedly while arguing that diets fail because they circumvent social norms, promote pseudobiology, and overlook human behavior by manipulating science and history. This book would suit the overzealous dieter who is always searching for the next magic bullet, nutrition educators and students. The content brings a credible challenge to the unfounded logic of fad diets that anyone in the nutrition, wellness, or physical activity space should understand before making recommendations to students or patients. The 3 main sections point out that fad diets are not designed for success. The first section focuses on eating patterns and the social tendency for inclusion during meals, the second section concentrates on diet books that promote food addiction and food removal theory, and the third describes misconceptions in diets through the example of clean living and paleo diets.
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