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Diet and the Disease of Civilization (Hardback)
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Diet and the Disease of Civilization (Hardback)

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Hardback 244 Pages / Published: 30/12/2017
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Diet books, which have been bestsellers for over a hundred years, contribute to a $60 billion industry as they speak to the 45 million Americans who diet every year. Yet these books don't just tell readers what to eat: they offer complete philosophies about who Americans are and how we all should live. Diet and the Disease of Civilization interrupts the predictable debate about eating right to ask a hard question: what if it's not calories-but concepts-that should be counted?

Cultural critic Adrienne Rose Bitar reveals how four popular diets recreate the "Fall of Man" as the narrative backbone for our national consciousness. Intensifying the moral panic of the obesity epidemic, they depict civilization itself as a disease and offer diet as the one true cure.

Bitar reads each diet-the Paleo Diet, the Garden of Eden Diet, the Pacific Island Diet, the detoxification or detox diet-as both a myth and a manual, a story with side effects igniting social movements, driving industry, and shaping fundamental ideas about sickness and health. These are fresh stories with broader concerns and higher stakes than we have previously understood. Diet and the Disease of Civilization unearths the ways in which diet books are actually utopian manifestos not just for better bodies but also for a healthier society and a more perfect world.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813589657
Number of pages: 244
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm

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