In a book review by one of BMJ’s assistant web-editors, hyperpalatable foods (yes, quite likely an Americanism and the first hint about the book itself) are to blame for over-eating and food addiction because they taste good and are high in fat, salt and sugar. The book is titled “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of our Insatiable Appetite” by David Kessler.
1. Why do authors/publishers in the US continue to always put their qualifications on the front cover of the book? In the rest of the world, I am quite sure that this practice is reserved for authors of poorly-conceived self-help books that are begging the book-shop patrons to “believe me, please, I am a doctor… trust me”.
2. Where does the desire come from – to blame everyone else (but never yourself) for anything that is wrong with you? Assigning blame seems to have become an artform and even a science in some places in the world. Perhaps people should begin to take responsibility for their actions, not least of which is their state of health.