Gina Kolata has just written a book called "Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss -- and the Myths and Realities of Dieting." Kolata is one of the NYTimes' top science reporters, and her book chronicles the difficulty people have of losing weight, explores the genetic bases for obesity, and even suggests that the outcry over obesity is overblown. Moreover, she suggests that perhaps the obesity "epidemic" exists because we're actually in beter health, and maybe, even, the extra pounds contribute to our well-being. Kolata offers a point of view that is provocative and counter-intuitive, and which should be a great relief to those of us who have trouble losing a few pounds.
The New York Times has written a very thoughtful and positive review of the book, and Amazon offers it for sale: