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The Omnivore’s Dilemma

9 Jul

Reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I’m a few years behind with picking this one up, but I’m pleased so far with its much-needed presentation of a very current issue — our [American] national eating disorder.

Let’s face it–Americans are obsessed with diet. Between the Atkins craze, Paleo fanatics, and organic junkies, many of us just don’t know where to turn. Even the people I know personally around here seem to be baffled by what’s referred to as the “French Paradox”: people from other cultures seem to eat whatever fat-dripping, butter-sopping foods they please, and somehow manage to stay, on the whole, a heck of a lot skinnier than we do. Pollan introduces the “American Paradox”: “a notably unhealthy people obsessed by the idea of eating healthy.”

So what’s going on with us? Why are we so much bigger and unhealthier? Many theories are out there. I’ll see what Pollan has to say past the first two chapters. So far, this book’s looking like a good’un.