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The Nutribullet Healing Recipe Book - 200 Health Boosting Nutritious and Therapeutic Blast and Smoothie Recipes (Paperback):... The Nutribullet Healing Recipe Book - 200 Health Boosting Nutritious and Therapeutic Blast and Smoothie Recipes (Paperback)
Marco Black; Edited by James Watkins; Oliver Lahoud
R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Nutrition and Diet Therapy (Paperback, 9th edition): Linda DeBruyne, Kathryn Pinna, Eleanor Whitney Nutrition and Diet Therapy (Paperback, 9th edition)
Linda DeBruyne, Kathryn Pinna, Eleanor Whitney
R886 R757 Discovery Miles 7 570 Save R129 (15%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

NUTRITION AND DIET THERAPY, 9th Edition, is unique in its organization by diets rather than by organ systems or disease states and distinguishes itself through rich pedagogical features that require students to apply their knowledge as they learn it. This text provides core nutrition concepts and up-to-date clinical content at a level that is accessible to the range of health care team members who are responsible for a client's nutrition needs. NUTRITION AND DIET THERAPY provides the basic facts and a wealth of practical information readers need to assume their responsibility for nutrition care.

Women Healers Through History (Paperback): Elisabeth Brooke Women Healers Through History (Paperback)
Elisabeth Brooke
R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Obesity Code Cookbook - recipes to help you manage your insulin, lose weight, and improve your health (Paperback): Jason... The Obesity Code Cookbook - recipes to help you manage your insulin, lose weight, and improve your health (Paperback)
Jason Fung; As told to Alison MacLean 1
R405 R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Save R90 (22%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

By the 500,000-copy bestselling author of The Obesity Code. Recipes to revolutionalise the way you cook, eat, and live. In The Obesity Code, Dr Jason Fung introduced the idea that obesity is caused by our hormones, specifically insulin, and offered practical, easy-to-follow advice on how to lose weight for good. Now, The Obesity Code Cookbook makes it easier than ever to follow his methods. Over 90 mouth-watering recipes - from slow-roasted pork shoulder to chia pudding and almond cake - showcase healthy fats, nutrient-dense foods, and low or no carbs, with diet plans to help balance your nutrition and energy requirements with your long-term health objectives. The Obesity Code Cookbook is an indispensable tool for home cooks looking to lower insulin, lose weight, or simply lead a healthy, longer life.

Acupressure - How to cure common ailments the natural way (Paperback): Michael Reed Gach Acupressure - How to cure common ailments the natural way (Paperback)
Michael Reed Gach
R476 R397 Discovery Miles 3 970 Save R79 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Acupressure is an ancient healing art which uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin and stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. Safe and easy to learn, with no drug-induced side effects, Acupressure gives you the potential to improve your health and increase your vitality. It includes: Simple techniques to relieve problems such as headaches, arthritis, colds, fatigue, insomnia, backache and depression; Pressure point maps and exercises to relieve pain and restore function; A 5-minute acupressure routine to maintain health and relieve stress; A way to complement conventional medical care and take a vital role in becoming well and staying well

Live More Think Less - Overcoming Depression and Sadness (Paperback): Pia Callesen Live More Think Less - Overcoming Depression and Sadness (Paperback)
Pia Callesen 1
R296 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R56 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The Danish Bestseller Now Available in English

Dr Pia Callesen presents the first practical book on metacognitive therapy, a groundbreaking new treatment proven to stop depression in its tracks.

Many of us struggle with overthinking. We endlessly analyse what we’ve said and done or the decisions we have to make. Rarely does this treat the stresses of our lives. Often we become overwhelmed; we end up feeling powerless, spiralling into sadness and even depression.

Live More Think Less presents a radical strategy to take back control of our thinking processes. From training our attention to leaving our negative trigger-thoughts on the conveyor belt, the book guides us towards living better through mastering the attention we pay to our thoughts and how we act upon them.

Depression and sadness are something we all have the power to overcome.

The Concise Book of Dry Needling - A Practitioner's Guide to Myofascial Trigger Point Applications (Paperback): John... The Concise Book of Dry Needling - A Practitioner's Guide to Myofascial Trigger Point Applications (Paperback)
John Sharkey
R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Dry needling is the ideal tool for a wide range of therapists involved in treating myofascial trigger points in adults. This book is written in a concise manner as a "quick to hand" reference guide regarding key issues around safe, effective and appropriate dry needling. It represents the ideal accompaniment to course notes and the perfect in-office tableside reference guide. The Concise Book of Dry Needling provides accurate and essential information for the identification and subsequent treatment of myofascial trigger points through the exclusive use of a fine, filiform needle. Skilled palpation skills supported by the ability to visualize and observe anatomical landmarks are essential to avoid neurovascular and other vital structures that could result in insult, injury, or additional pain. The book includes a description of the origin, etiology and pathophysiology of the myofascial trigger point, plus indications and contraindications for myofascial trigger point dry needling, supplemented by color anatomical images, referred pain patterns, and photographs to show correct needle application/insertion.

Into the Abyss - A neuropsychiatrist's notes on troubled minds (Hardcover): Anthony David Into the Abyss - A neuropsychiatrist's notes on troubled minds (Hardcover)
Anthony David 1
R345 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R73 (21%) Pre-order

We cannot know how to fix a problem until we understand its causes. But even for some of the most common mental health problems, three specialists might offer you three completely different treatments. As a cognitive neuropsychiatrist, Professor Anthony David brings together many fields of study, from social and cognitive psychology to neurology. The key for each patient might be anything from a traumatic memory to a chemical imbalance, an unhealthy way of thinking or a hidden tumour. Patrick believes he is dead; Jennifer's schizophrenia medication seems to bring on the symptoms of Parkinson's; Emma is in a coma - or is she just refusing to respond? These are the fascinating case studies that have driven the most startling insights in Anthony's forty-year career studying illnesses at the edge of human understanding.

Atomic Power with God, Through Fasting and Prayer (Paperback): Franklin Hall Atomic Power with God, Through Fasting and Prayer (Paperback)
Franklin Hall
R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Deep Medicine - How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again (Hardcover): Eric Topol Deep Medicine - How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again (Hardcover)
Eric Topol 1
R683 R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Save R274 (40%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A visit to a physician these days is cold: physicians spend most of their time typing at computers, making minimal eye contact. Appointments generally last only a few minutes, with scarce time for the doctor to connect to a patient's story, or explain how and why different procedures and treatments might be undertaken. As a result, errors abound: indeed, misdiagnosis is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, trailing only heart disease, cancer, and stroke. This is because, despite having access to more resources than ever, doctors are vulnerable not just to the economic demand to see more patients, but to distraction, burnout, data overload, and their own intrinsic biases. Physicians are simply overmatched. As Eric Topol argues in Deep Medicine, artificial intelligence can help. Natural-language processing could automatically record notes from our doctor visits; virtual psychiatrists could better predict the risk of suicide or other mental health issues for vulnerable patients; deep-learning software will make every physician a master diagnostician; and we could even use smartphone apps to take our own medical "selfies" for skin exams and receive immediate analysis. . On top of that, the virtual smartphone assistants of today--Alexa, Siri, Cortana--could analyze our daily health data to reduce the need for doctor visits and trips to the emergency room, and support for people suffering from asthma, epilepsy, and heart disease. By integrating tools like these into their daily medical practice, doctors would be able to spend less time collecting and cataloging information, and more time providing thorough, intimate, and meaningful care for their patients, as no machine can. Artificial intelligence can also help remedy the debilitating cost of healthcare, both for individuals and the economy writ large. The medical sector now absorbs 20 percent of the US gross domestic product--it is largest sector by dollars and jobs. And it's very inefficient. Take the cost of medical scans: There are over 20 million medical scans performed in the US every day, and an MRI, for example, costs hundreds to thousands of dollars. AI could process 260 million medical scans (more than 2 weeks' worth) in less than 24 hours for a cost of only $1000. We pay billions and billions of dollars for the same work today. The American health care system needs a serious reboot, and artificial intelligence is just the thing to press the restart button. As innovative as it is hopeful, Deep Medicine ultimately shows us how we can leverage artificial intelligence for better care at lower costs with more empathy, for the benefit of patients and physicians alike.

Workbook for Des Jardins' Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology, 6th (Paperback, International Edition): Terry R Des... Workbook for Des Jardins' Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology, 6th (Paperback, International Edition)
Terry R Des Jardins, Richard N Aufmann
R1,115 R931 Discovery Miles 9 310 Save R184 (17%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

The comprehensive workbook enhances the learner's understanding and application of the principles of the structure and function of the respiratory systemwhich is essential for respiratory care. Exercises provide a variety of approaches to review key concepts and include labeling, fillintheblank, matching, term definition, and short answer problems.

Your Complete Guide to Nutrition for Weight Loss Surgery (Paperback): Sally Johnston Your Complete Guide to Nutrition for Weight Loss Surgery (Paperback)
Sally Johnston
R818 R618 Discovery Miles 6 180 Save R200 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
A Big Fat Crisis - The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic-and How We Can End It (Paperback, First Trade Paper Edition):... A Big Fat Crisis - The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic-and How We Can End It (Paperback, First Trade Paper Edition)
Deborah Cohen
R309 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R21 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days


Obesity is the public health crisis of the twenty-first century. Over 150 million Americans are overweight or obese, and across the globe an estimated 1.5 billion are affected. In "A Big Fat Crisis," Dr. Deborah A. Cohen has created a major new work that will transform the conversation surrounding the modern weight crisis. Based on her own extensive research, as well as the latest insights from behavioral economics and cognitive science, Cohen reveals what drives the obesity epidemic and how we, as a nation, can overcome it.
Cohen argues that the massive increase in obesity is the product of two forces. One is the immutable aspect of human nature, namely the fundamental limits of self-control and the unconscious ways we are hard-wired to eat. And second is the completely transformed modern food environment, including lower prices, larger portion sizes, and the outsized influence of food advertising. We live in a food swamp, where food is cheap, ubiquitous, and insidiously marketed. This, rather than the much-discussed "food deserts," is the source of the epidemic.
The conventional wisdom is that overeating is the expression of individual weakness and a lack of self-control. But that would mean that people in this country had more willpower thirty years ago, when the rate of obesity was half of what it is today The truth is that our capacity for self-control has not shrunk; instead, the changing conditions of our modern world have pushed our limits to such an extent that more and more of us are simply no longer up to the challenge.
Ending this public health crisis will require solutions that transcend the advice found in diet books. Simply urging people to eat less sugar, salt, and fat has not worked. "A Big Fat Crisis" offers concrete recommendations and sweeping policy changes--including implementing smart and effective regulations and constructing a more balanced food environment--that represent nothing less than a blueprint for defeating the obesity epidemic once and for all.

Emergency Surgery in Obese Patients (Paperback, 1st ed. 2020): Diego Foschi, Giuseppe Navarra Emergency Surgery in Obese Patients (Paperback, 1st ed. 2020)
Diego Foschi, Giuseppe Navarra; Foreword by Paolo De Paolis
R1,222 R1,109 Discovery Miles 11 090 Save R113 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This comprehensive, multi-authored book covers all aspects of surgery on obese patients in emergency conditions. Obesity is a metabolic disease affecting a high percentage of world population.. It involves marked anthropometric changes, affecting surgical practice and altering patients' ability to react to surgical stress. The prevalent comorbidities also affect the rate of complications and mortality after surgery. The obesity paradox, the ability of obese patients to survive emergency operations in spite of an increased risk of complications, is an effect of the widespread development of "Obesity Science". This volume discusses this science, examining the frailty of the obese patients and the main comorbidities that affect clinical practice, as well as the most frequent emergency situations after trauma, inflammatory diseases and the complications of bariatric surgery. With contributions from leading experts, it provides clinicians with detailed and updated information for better practice in this emerging field of surgery.

Mollison's Blood Transfusion in Clinical Medicine (Hardcover, 12th Edition): Harvey G. Klein, David J. Anstee Mollison's Blood Transfusion in Clinical Medicine (Hardcover, 12th Edition)
Harvey G. Klein, David J. Anstee
R3,296 R3,028 Discovery Miles 30 280 Save R268 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Mollison's Blood Transfusion in Clinical Medicine" is an icon in the field of transfusion and the first edition was published in 1951. The book arose from the concept of the transfusionist, as both scientist and expert consultant. For many years, this text has provided the primary, and often the sole, reference for detailed information and practical experience in blood transfusion. The book is completely revised and updated throughout to include the latest advances and developments in the field.

Manual of Dietetic Practice (Hardcover, 6th Edition): Joan Gandy Manual of Dietetic Practice (Hardcover, 6th Edition)
Joan Gandy
R2,345 R2,172 Discovery Miles 21 720 Save R173 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The authoritative guide for dietetic students and both new and experienced dietitians - endorsed by the British Dietetic Association Now in its sixth edition, the bestselling Manual of Dietetic Practice has been thoroughly revised and updated to include the most recent developments and research on the topic. Published on behalf of the British Dietetic Association, this comprehensive resource covers the entire dietetics curriculum, and is an ideal reference text for healthcare professionals to develop their expertise and specialist skills in the realm of dietetic practice. This important guide includes: The latest developments and scientific evidence in the field New data on nutrition and health surveillance programs Revised and updated evidence-based guidelines for dietetic practice An exploration of how Public Health England has influenced the field Practical advice on public health interventions and monitoring A companion website with helpful materials to support and develop learning Written for dietitians, clinical nutritionists, and other healthcare professionals by leading dietitians and other professionals, the Manual of Dietetic Practice continues to provide a crucial resource for experts and novices alike.

The Obesity Code - Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss (Paperback): Jason Fung The Obesity Code - Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss (Paperback)
Jason Fung; Foreword by Timothy Noakes 4
R375 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R70 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Fung zeroes in on why insulin resistance has become so prevalent and offers specific outside-the-box solutions that have emerged as the key to maximizing health." --Jimmy Moore, author, Keto Clarity and Cholesterol Clarity Everything you believe about how to lose weight is wrong. Weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones--in everyone--and only by understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss. In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps, a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels, Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight--for good.

Therapeutic rTMS in Neurology - Principles, Evidence, and Practice Recommendations (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Thomas Platz Therapeutic rTMS in Neurology - Principles, Evidence, and Practice Recommendations (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Thomas Platz
R3,340 Discovery Miles 33 400 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This comprehensive reference on therapeutic repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) documents the current status in the field. The main focus is the clinical applications of rTMS tested to date, including treatment of paresis, aphasia, and visual neglect in stroke patients, therapy for motor impairment in Parkinson's disease, and applications for tinnitus and neuropathic pain. Based on the available clinical evidence (RCTs, meta-analyses, and systematic reviews), combined with the personal experience of experts, a clinically oriented best evidence synthesis is provided for each application, together with a clear description of rTMS algorithms that generate clinical benefits in the target domain. A further feature is the presentation of a theoretical model of therapeutic action for each therapeutic target. The book will be invaluable for clinicians and researchers in neurology and related fields, including neurologists, physiatrists, as well as ENT and pain specialists.

Conquering Fat Logic - How to Overcome What We Tell Ourselves About Diets, Weight, and Metabolism (Paperback): Nadja Hermann Conquering Fat Logic - How to Overcome What We Tell Ourselves About Diets, Weight, and Metabolism (Paperback)
Nadja Hermann; Translated by David Shaw 1
R405 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R134 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Why do diets fail? Is it because of genetic disposition? A sluggish metabolism? An underactive thyroid?

A behavioural psychologist reveals the truth about dieting, including how she lost over 100lb in one year.

After years of failed diets Dr Nadja Hermann weighed over 23 stone at the age of 30. All her life, she had heard and read about hundreds of reasons why diets wouldn't work for her. But when her weight started to seriously affect her health, she took a hard look at the science and realised that most of what she believed about dieting was a myth. What was more, those very myths were preventing her from losing weight.

Forget clean eating, paleo, or fasting ― it was conquering these elements of ‘Fat Logic’ that finally led to Hermann achieving a healthy weight. One and a half years later, she weighed 10 stone, and has maintained that weight to this day. Now, using humour, the insight she’s acquired, and a dose of science, Hermann debunks widespread lies about weight loss, and shows how it is possible to attain a healthy weight.

Cannabinoids and the Brain (Paperback): Linda A. Parker Cannabinoids and the Brain (Paperback)
Linda A. Parker
R371 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R67 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A review of the scientific evidence on the effects of cannabinoids on brain and behavioral functioning, with an emphasis on potential therapeutic use. The cannabis plant has been used for recreational and medicinal purposes for more than 4,000 years, but the scientific investigation into its effects has only recently yielded useful results. In this book, Linda Parker offers a review of the scientific evidence on the effects of cannabinoids on brain and behavioral functioning, with an emphasis on potential therapeutic uses. Parker describes the discovery of tetrahydocannbinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of cannabis, and the further discovery of cannabinoid receptors in the brain. She explains that the brain produces chemicals similar to THC, which act on the same receptors as THC, and shows that the endocannabinoid system is involved in all aspects of brain functioning. Parker reports that cannabis contains not only the psychoactive compound THC, but also other compounds of potential therapeutic benefit, and that one of them, cannabidiol (CBD), shows promise for the treatment of pain, anxiety, and epilepsy. Parker reviews the evidence on cannabinoids and anxiety, depression, mood, sleep, schizophrenia, learning and memory, addiction, sex, appetite and obesity, chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy, and such neurodegenerative disorders as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's Disease. Each chapter also links the scientific evidence to historical and anecdotal reports of the medicinal use of cannabis. As debate about the medical use of marijuana continues, Parker's balanced and objective review of the fundamental science and potential therapeutic effects of cannabis is especially timely.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - New Research (Paperback): Brendan Myers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - New Research (Paperback)
Brendan Myers
R1,740 R1,168 Discovery Miles 11 680 Save R572 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has altered the landscape of health care by forcing behavioral health workers from their silos into a rapidly changing, fast-paced, integrative care setting of increased accountability and accessibility. In order to survive in this transition, behavioral health care will have to be transportable beyond traditional one-to-one psychotherapy models, be viewed as a less consumable commodity, and be able to efficiently treat the myriad of comorbid psychological disorders that are present in every area of medicine. Fortunately, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has a long tradition of empirical success with a wide variety of clinical disorders in youth. Accordingly, CBT provides a robust platform from which to launch new clinical models and delivery systems beyond the limitations of a single-disorder paradigm to target transdiagnostic factors that perpetuate psychological disorders in youth. This book begins by briefly reviewing the challenges that clinicians face, working with children in the new health care era. The book then discusses trauma focused CBT for children with developmental disabilities; CBT for informal cancer caregivers; CBT in pain management of adult chronic nonmalignant pain patients; and CBT for rheumatoid arthritis.

Obesity Among American Indians & Alaska Natives (Hardcover): Taylor Plaskett Obesity Among American Indians & Alaska Natives (Hardcover)
Taylor Plaskett
R3,061 R2,038 Discovery Miles 20 380 Save R1,023 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The prevalence of obesity in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. Although AIs are not a homogeneous group, all tribes throughout the U.S. have suffered adverse effects from the high prevalence of obesity. Overall, studies demonstrate that obesity begins early for AI/AN children and also is a significant problem for the adult population. Many chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and breathing problems are associated with the increasing prevalence of obesity in AIs. The book is organized into four major sections: a literature review that synthesizes research findings pertaining to the prevalence of obesity and examines what is known about the major determinants and consequences of obesity as well as the nature and findings of various types of clinical and community-based interventions; activities of selected federal agencies in the area of obesity and AI/ANs; summary of a site visit to the Gila River Indian Community; and directions for future research.

Targeted Therapies in Cancer (Hardcover): Marc Lacroix Targeted Therapies in Cancer (Hardcover)
Marc Lacroix
R2,650 R1,782 Discovery Miles 17 820 Save R868 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Since the year 2000, exciting developments in cancer therapy have occurred. For decades in the 20th century, the hallmark of medical treatment for cancer had been cytotoxic chemotherapy, with drugs targeting rapidly dividing cells, including cancer cells but also certain normal tissues. As a result, many patients experienced the "classic" toxicities of alopecia, gastrointestinal symptoms and/or myelosuppression. In the last years, however, clinical research has been strongly occupied with the identification of mutations and aberrations concerning molecular pathways in cancer and their alterations, which has enabled the emergence of a "targeted" (somewhat personalized) medicine approach to treatment. Today, although traditional cytotoxic chemotherapy remains the treatment of choice for many malignancies, notably as first-line agents, targeted therapies are a possible choice for many types of cancer, including breast, prostate, CRC, lung, kidney cancers, as well as lymphoma, leukaemia, and myeloma. Over 60 of these targeted therapies recently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are detailed in the book, and their intended use in one or more cancer types are shown.

Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and the Adipose Organ - A Pictorial Atlas from Research to Clinical Applications (Hardcover, 2nd ed.... Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and the Adipose Organ - A Pictorial Atlas from Research to Clinical Applications (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2018)
Saverio Cinti
R2,280 R1,791 Discovery Miles 17 910 Save R489 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This richly illustrated book provides a detailed description of the gross anatomy, light microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy of the adipose organ, which comprises subcutaneous and visceral fat depots. Findings in mice of differing genetic backgrounds (obesity prone and resistant) and maintained in standard and various physiologic and pathologic conditions are presented. The latter conditions include chronic cold exposure, warm exposure, fasting, pregnancy-lactation, and obesity. Features of the fetal adipose organ are described in a separate chapter, and results from transgenic mice are also presented when relevant. The human adipose organ is addressed in several chapters that include magnetic resonance and fetal findings. Most of the results regarding the adipose organ anatomy in different physiologic conditions are new, and the story of pink adipocytes (white-to-pink transdifferentiation) is quite innovative. The concept of using browning of the adipose organ as a therapeutic tool for obesity must take into consideration the anatomic and morphologic aspects described here, and the study of pink adipocytes could lead to a better comprehension of breast cancer tumor biology. This book will be of interest to all scientists who deal with obesity and related disorders.

The Metamorphoses of Fat - A History of Obesity (Paperback): Georges Vigarello The Metamorphoses of Fat - A History of Obesity (Paperback)
Georges Vigarello; Translated by C. Jon Delogu
R505 R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Save R104 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat and fat people from the Middle Ages to the present, paying particular attention to the role of science, fashion, fitness crazes, and public health campaigns in shaping these views. While hefty bodies were once a sign of power, today those who struggle to lose weight are considered poor in character and weak in mind. Vigarello traces the eventual equation of fatness with infirmity and the way we have come to define ourselves and others in terms of body type. Vigarello begins with the medieval artists and intellectuals who treated heavy bodies as symbols of force and prosperity. He then follows the shift during the Renaissance and early modern period to courtly, medical, and religious codes that increasingly favored moderation and discouraged excess. Scientific advances in the eighteenth century also brought greater knowledge of food and the body's processes, recasting fatness as the "relaxed" antithesis of health. The body-as-mechanism metaphor intensified in the early nineteenth century, with the chemistry revolution and heightened attention to food-as-fuel, which turned the body into a kind of furnace or engine. During this period, social attitudes toward fat became conflicted, with the bourgeois male belly operating as a sign of prestige but also as a symbol of greed and exploitation, while the overweight female was admired only if she was working class. Vigarello concludes with the fitness and body-conscious movements of the twentieth century and the proliferation of personal confessions about obesity, which tied fat more closely to notions of personality, politics, taste, and class.

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