Dr. David A. Kessler wrote the End of Overeating: Taking control of the Insatiable American Appetite book partly due to his own struggles with food temptation and partly due to his interest in the subject matter. As a former head of the FDA, he had the connections to talk with big food companies executives and the access to research on why people overeat.
The result is ths 336 pages long easy to read book which has become highly popular among many readers.
However, there is also room for criticism of this book as it may not be sufficient to really help you get down to the root of your overeating problems and get you to stop overeating.
In this review I will share the good and bad about this book.
The End of Overeating Review
What Dr. Kessler set out to discover is why we’re so powerless when it comes to certain foods. It began with a personalized experiment he conducted in which he bought a chocolate cookie, took it home with him without the intention of eating it, but found himself drawn to it nevertheless. The cookie had a certain power over him.
So, he set out on a journey to discover what is it about the food we eat that drives us to overeat so much more than people used to in the recent past.
This journey includes talks with food scientists, regular people with overeating problems, and references to research.
What Dr. Kessler discovered was that while individual ingredients in food don’t have power over us, it was a combination of sugar-salt-fat in various ways that basically tapped into our brains reward system and created a loop which drives us to want more and more food, even when we’re full, creating a powerful frenzy.
While Dr. Kessler isn’t sure that the food companies are even aware of how potent their dishes have become, it seems they have hit upon some “sweet spot” which is making us desire more and more of their food all the time, leading to weight gain and health problems.
Now, I believe that most of us know that fast food and many other dishes have an addictive force, so this isn’t new to us, but Dr. Kessler still makes this an interesting read by talking with scientists, and discovers how certain food is manipulated to make it more sell-able to us.
So, this is a good and interesting book to read and it can help you make better eating choices.
Of course, all this doesn’t explain why some people overeat and others don’t. This is really the problem as the End of Overeating doesn’t really provide any new insight as to how to overcome emotional eating and cravings other than some pretty well known tidbits of advice such as avoid temptation, think before you eat, don’t allow yourself to give in a little or it will become a lot. This kind of advice isn’t really helpful for someone who needs help to stop overeating.
The book can still be useful, of course, but if you want to stop emotional eating, go watch this video: #1 Secret to Stop Overeating Forever
The End of Overeating – Pros and Cons
- Written by a true expert
- Easy to read
- Provides excellent nutritional information
- Exposes some nasty nutritional facts which you should know about
- Provides a new and fascinating view point as to how food today can control your mind processes
- Can be a little to scientific at times
- Tends to be repetitive
- Doesn’t really offer powerful techniques to stop overeating.
The End of Overeating: Taking control of the Insatiable Amercian Appetite is a worthwhile book to read. However, if you want to really put an end to emotional overeating, you need to realize that you have to deal with your emotional dependency on food. You simply have to. Otherwise, it’s hopeless.