We plan to replace the magazines in our waiting room with a collection of our favorite nutrition books. This month, we offer you a preview by introducing four of the best.
Jonah Soolman, Registered Dietitian / Co-Owner
Beyond a Shadow of a Diet
Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel discuss not only how to apply a non-diet approach to nutrition, but also the rationale behind it. While the book is written for practitioners, we have recommended it to patients who want to take a deeper look into the evidence behind their treatment plans.
Health Food Junkies
Steven Bratman coined the term "orthorexia nervosa" to describe the excessive preoccupation that many of his patients (and at one point, himself) have with healthy eating. The healthy eating is not the problem per se, but the individual's fixation on eating the perfect diet can result in unhealthy obsession, malnutrition, and in some cases, even death.
Gina Kolata shows that our society's obsession with dieting has more to do with money, power, trends, and impossible ideals rather than just keeping trim and being healthy. A must-read for anyone who has tried diet after diet without success.
Wellness, Not Weight
Ellen Glovsky explains why traditional weight-centered health interventions rarely result in healthy outcomes and discusses how a non-diet approach to eating can be a more effective tool for improving health and wellness.
If you are heading to Fenway Park during the month of April, pick up a copy of
Boston Baseball and read Jonah's guest column in which he discusses two common misconceptions regarding Pablo Sandoval's weight and the harm we are doing to others, particularly children, by disparaging his body the way that we have.