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Book Review: The Great Fat Fraud by Michael Schatzki

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The Great Fat Fraud by Michael Schatzki is a considerable discussion on debunking myths about weight gain or loss held by the public. The impact of fitlessness on mortality rates was published by Dr. Jeremy Morris in 1953.

Dr. Morris studied drivers and conductors on English double-decker buses and discovered that conductors who climbed up and down steps many times daily had a 50 percent reduction in their chance of dying of a heart attack compared to inactive drivers. The conductors still had half the cardiovascular mortality rates of the drivers “whatever their physique — slim, average or portly.”

Heavy individuals who were fit had much lower death rates than unfit individuals who were thin. The conclusion is that as long as you are fit, it does not matter what you weigh. Our body is programmed to move a lot because humans were hunter-gatherers during early evolution. Walking enhances fitness at the threshold of 10,000 steps a day.

The body recognizes a dietary famine and moves your set point to a higher weight so that you have a larger fat reserve to survive diets. Fitness helps you to maintain your existing weight even if you choose not to diet. Buy a podometer for $10- $30. to count steps. Attach the instrument to the hip. Incrementally, raise the number of steps you walk each day from 4,000 to 10,000 over months. At 10,000 steps, you will be fit regardless of weight according to The Great Fat Fraud.

When you use an abs machine or do weight lifting, the body recruits weight evenly from across the torso in the same way as if you were walking or jumping rope. Walk 10,000 steps a day and you will eliminate any negative health consequences associated with weight gain.

The Great Fat Fraud has citations from prestigious medical journals like The Lancet, JAMA, Int’l Journal of Obesity and Other Metabolic Diseases and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The presentation is easy to read and understand. The cost of the book is very affordable. There are a number of simplified charts and tables which depict the supporting data in simple English. Always discuss weight management issues with your private physician or health care provider.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.