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Book Review: You Can Fix the Fat From Childhood and Other Heart Disease Risks, Too by Gerald S. Berenson, MD, NancyKay Sullivan Wessman, MPH

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Obesity (whether ‘obese’ or ‘morbidly obese’) is one of those topics we simply can’t avoid. Not only are we surrounded by it in our communities but scores of books and other resources are constantly released, promising to have the answers and provide the key to escape. With the sheer amount of information being thrown out to us–some sources contradicting others–how can we determine which ‘facts’ to believe and which to discount?

Why not start with the Bogalusa Heart Study? After all, it’s the “only long-term, cardiovascular, community research program in the world in which both African-American and Caucasian individuals have consistently participated from early childhood through adulthood and middle life.” With that single qualification, you may not need to go any further in your search. You Can Fix the Fat From Childhood and Other Heart Disease Risks, Too is a comprehensive yet concise look at the obesity epidemic and its horrific effects on the human body.

Authors Dr. Gerald S. Berenson, MD, and NancyKay Sullivan Wessman, MPH, utilize their extensive wealth of knowledge gained from the Bogalusa Heart Study and lay out the facts in an organized fashion and in understandable language. The book’s format ensures that the reader gets exactly what they need to implement a healthier lifestyle without overwhelming them with hundreds of pages, difficult medical terminology, or extended explanations. You can literally pick it up, read it in a day, and get started on the road to better health right away.

Dr. Gerald S. Berenson, MD, and NancyKay Sullivan Wessman, MPH, write with an authoritative yet playful tone–they may be medical professionals with years and years of practical experience but they are also relatable and likable. They convey intelligence, empathy, and encouragement, and I felt like I was getting the best advice from true experts in the field. The organization of the book flowed well, too; I felt like each section led to the next with ease. Other than one editing issue (a three-sentence paragraph on page four was repeated word for word on page 52), I found no other problems.You Can Fix the Fat From Childhood and Other Heart Disease Risks, Too  is definitely recommended for anyone looking to eat and live a healthier life while avoiding heart disease and other health issues associated with obesity!

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