New York Times Senior Health and Science Writer
Gina Kolata has appeared on Charlie Rose, traded jokes with Stephen Colbert, and lectured at Yale to boot. She is a senior writer at The New York Times and the author of several acclaimed books, including Rethinking Thin, Clone: the Road to Dolly and the Path Ahead, Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for the Truth About Exercise and Health and Flu. She has received many awards, including the prestigious Susan G. Komen Foundation's media award for reporting on women's issues and breast cancer.Read More
Demystifying the Science of Health
In her speeches, Gina Kolata is available to discuss a variety of topics, from obesity to pandemics to hospital wait times to environmental health risks to the latest in disease prevention. She can speak, at length, with deep knowledge, and with unguarded candidness on any of her books.
In this eye-opening book, New York Times science writer Gina Kolata shows that our society's obsession with dieting and weight loss is less about keeping trim and staying healthy than about money, power, trends, and impossible ideals. Rethinking Thin is at once an account of the place of diets in American society and a provocative critique of the weight-loss industry. Kolata's account of four determined dieters' progress through a study comparing the Atkins diet to a conventional low-calorie one becomes a broad tale of science and society, of social mores and social sanctions, and of politics and power.
Rethinking Thin asks whether words like willpower are really applicable when it comes to eating and body weight. It dramatizes what it feels like to spend a lifetime struggling with one's weight and fantasizing about finally, at long last, getting thin. It tells the little-known story of the science of obesity and the history of diets and dieting: a scientific and social phenomena that made some people rich and thin and left others fat and miserable. And it offers commonsense answers to questions about weight, eating habits, and obesity-- giving us a better understanding of the weight that is right for our bodies.