The Hungry Years: Confessions of a Food Addict

Leith, William

9781592401550

ISBN 10: 1592401554 / 1-59240-155-4
ISBN 13: 9781592401550
Publisher: Gotham Books
Publication Date: 2005
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:
'Hunger is the loudest voice in my head. I'm hungry most of the time.' On a January morning in 2003, William Leith woke up to the fattest day of his life. That same day he left London for New York to interview controversial diet guru Dr Robert Atkins. But what started out as a routine journalistic assignment set Leith on an intensely personal and illuminating journey into the mysteries of hunger and addiction. In his twenties, Leith's weight had risen steadily. In his early thirties, he was slim again, but then, predictably, his weight began to creep up - and up, and up. At his worst he was driven to the kitchen, manically consuming slice after slice of buttered toast, lusting after fries, bacon sandwiches and peanut butter, wracked by a need that was emotional as well as physical. Fat has been called a feminist issue. But in this unflinching investigation into the bodily consequences and psychological pain of being overweight, Leith reveals how it affects us all. Our fat society, he tells us, is a lot like him: always hiding from the truth about itself. "The Hungry Years" charts fascinating new territory for everyone who has ever had a craving or counted a calorie. It is a story of food, fat, and addiction that is both funny and heart-wrenching.

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"'I thought: if I can understand the despair, my own and everybody else's I could write the story - of why we hate fat, of why we are fat, of why, in some perverse way, we want to be fat. And, importantly, what we can do to stop being so fat. Obesity is the essential human problem in a nutshell - we try to make life easy, by giving ourselves access to resources, and then we make life difficult by over-consuming those resources. We have more of everything than we've ever had, and yet we feel emptier. Nothing is enough for us. We are an obese race.' The Hungry Years is the result of his investigations."

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Review:
Makes fat not just a feminist issue but relevant to everyone: William Leith’s unblinking investigation of the physical consequences and psychological pain of being an overweight man charts new territory.

Shortlisted for the Mind Awards 2006 Book of the Year

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Book Description: GOTHAM BOOKS, United States, 2005. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 216 x 148 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. Combining the revealing cultural commentary of Fast Food Nation with the visceral insights of A Million Little Pieces, this is the story of a journalist s struggle with weight, and an unflinching look at our own culture of fat and thin. Â"I thought: if I can understand the despair, my own and everybody s else s, I could write the story—of why we hate fat, of why we are fat, of why, in some perverse way, we want to be fat. And, most importantly, what we can do to stop being so fat. Obesity is the essential human problem in a nutshell—we try to make life easy by giving ourselves access to resources, and then we make life difficult by overconsuming those resources. We have more of everything than we ve ever had, and yet we feel emptier.Â" While on assignment to interview Dr. Robert Atkins, journalist William Leith realized that he could not report on diet alone; he wanted desperately to develop a deeper understanding of his relationship with food and the pathological cravings that led him (and millions of others) to become dangerously overweight. His Atkins interview led him to probe not only the link between carbohydrates and addiction, but also how our relationship with food has changed over the last few decades in light of economic, technological, and cultural changes in the world, as well as our cultural obsession with our bodies. Combining the science of food addiction with memoir, humor, and sociological insights, The Hungry Years is a book that will force us to look at our culture of consumption in a new way. Â"This hilarious, self-lacerating memoir of a compulsive eater is a superb book. I feel about The Hungry Years the way William Leith feels about buttered toast: I couldn t get enough and I panicked when I was reaching the end.Â" --Jon Ronson, author of Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare At Goats. Bookseller Inventory # NLF9781592401550

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