Book Review: Body of Truth by Harriet Brown

March 20, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews, Create Serenity 0

Book Review: Body of Truth by Harriet BrownBody of Truth by Harriet Brown
Published by Da Capo Lifelong Books on Expected publication: March 24th 2015
Genres: Body, Mind & Spirit, Diet & Nutrition, Diets, Exercise, Family Life
Pages: 304
Source: NetGalley
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Over the last 25 years, our longing for thinness has morphed into a relentless cultural obsession with weight and body image. You can't be a woman or girl (or, increasingly, a man or boy) in America today and not grapple with the size and shape of your body, your daughter's body, other women's bodies. Even the most confident people have to find a way through a daily gauntlet of voices and images talking, admonishing, warning us about what size we should be, how much we should weigh, what we should eat and what we shouldn't. Obsessing about weight has become a ritual and a refrain, punctuating our every relationship, including the ones with ourselves.

It's time to change the conversation around weight. Harriet Brown has explored the conundrums of weight and body image for more than a decade, as a science journalist, as a woman who has struggled with weight, as a mother, wife, and professor. In this book, she describes how biology, psychology, metabolism, media, and culture come together to shape our ongoing obsession with our bodies, and what we can learn from them to help us shift the way we think. Brown exposes some of the myths behind the rhetoric of obesity, gives historical and contemporary context for what it means to be "fat," and offers readers ways to set aside the hysteria and think about weight and health in more nuanced and accurate ways.

My Thoughts

Holy… there is so much in this book! I cannot believe how much I am loving every word.

Firstly, it is quite apparent that Harriet Brown is a genius! She talks about so many of the issues that families are facing today. Including dieting and getting down to the brass tacks of just how scary eating is! Who knows what we are supposed to eat!

One conversation with my mom was about eggs. She said that studies showed that we should eat eggs. This was, of course, after studies showing that we should NOT eat eggs.

The thing that I love most about this book is that Harriet Brown tackles these ideals. WHY are we dieting?! Why are we trying to be so skinny, at the detriment to our health?! It is not healthy for us to constantly always worry about the extra pounds.

And what really, REALLY floored me is that she talks about fat and the studies surrounding fat. NO where does a study really show that fat actually helps to produce diseases like diabetes and heart disease.


For the past four years I have been on my husband’s back about losing weight. The funny thing, he has more stamina than I do. His back does hurt a lot because all of his weight is in his belly but he can walk longer than I can and I’m supposed to be at my ideal weight.

Needless to say, this book got me really thinking. What is correct? When should we listen to our doctors? Are our doctors just giving us lip service and telling us what they have heard after years and years but on reports that have no real backup?!

What do we do?

Fortunately, Harriet gives us a few ways of combating these issues. Something that I’ve been coming to terms with for myself over the past few years. Maybe it is not the FAT on our bodies that is causing the problem. Maybe it is how we treat that fat. How we feel about that fat, and in extension ourselves! We have to take control and love ourselves.

I exercise because I want to tone not because I could probably lose another ten pounds. I’m happy with those extra ten pounds. I feel good! I am finally thinking that I look good! When will we start accepting ourselves for the way we are? Our bodies know, now it’s time for our heads to realize.

Absolutely recommend this book for so many reasons! Healthy, brilliant, and really eye opening!






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