The Obesity Paradox (Hardcover)

When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier

By Carl J. Lavie, Kristin Loberg

Hudson Street Press, 9781594632440, 268pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/31/2015)
Compact Disc (5/1/2014)

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Most of us think that longevity hinges on maintaining a normal Body Mass Index. But research conducted over the last decade hit the media in January with explosive news: Overweight and even moderately obese people with certain chronic diseases from heart disease to cancer often live longer and fare better than normalweight individuals with the same ailments.
In this groundbreaking book, Carl Lavie, MD, reveals the science behind the obesity paradox and shows us how to achieve maximum health rather than minimum weight. Lavie not only explains how extra fat provides additional fuel to help fight illness, he also argues that we ve gotten so used to framing health issues in terms of obesity that we overlook other potential causes of disease. Picking up where the bestseller "Fat Chance" left off, "The Obesity Paradox" will change the conversation about fat and what it means to be healthy.

About the Author

Carl Chip Lavie, MD, is a board-certified cardiologist at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans, a pioneer in obesity paradox heart research, and the author or co-author of more than 800 journal articles and two medical textbooks. Dr. Lavie is editor-in-chief of "Progress in Cardiovascular Disease," Associate Editor of the "Mayo Clinic Proceedings," and is on the editorial boards of many major journals. He s been featured in the "New York Times," "Wall Street Journal," "AARP," "Runner s World," and many other media outlets. He lives in Metairie, LA.

Kristin Loberg is a professional writer with multiple "New York Times" and "Wall Street Journal" bestsellers to her credit, including Dr. David Perlmutter s "Grain Brain," Dr. David B. Agus's "The End of Illness," and Brenda Watson's "The Fiber35 Diet." A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in Los Angeles, CA."