New Book on the Science of Overeating.

No, this is not just another book on the latest pseudoscientific fad that tends to populate the bookshelves and online stores. The latest issue of New Scientist reviews a book by former Food and Drug commissioner David Kessler who battles the endemic problem of obesity in a new book, The End of Overeating.

He discusses the biology behind how, why and what we eat. He describes how the food industry manufactures food so people crave foods rich in fat and sugar. These foods stimulate neurological reward pathways in the brain. We therefore learn how to eat badly by associating certain foods with mood, location and the time of day.

Its refreshing to see a book dealing with the issue of nutrition and health that is not full of self-help psycobabble, but is based on real science.

No Truth to the Fountain of Youth – Scientific American

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=no-truth-to-the-fountain-of-youth

In light of the recent movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, scientists S. Jay Olshansky, Leonard Hayflick and Bruce A. Carnes debunk anti-aging products and myths by reposting their original June 2002 essay, No Truth to the Fountain of Youth. in the December 2008 issue of Scientific American. In their essay, they define aging and explain the biological processes behind aging. In their Position Statement on Human Aging, they state that “Scientists are unwittingly contributing to the proliferation of these pseudoscientific antiaging products by failing to participate in the public dialogue about the genuine science of aging research.” Expensive and ineffective “Anti-aging” products sell because charlatans know how to placate to the whims and fantasies of an age, aging and youth obsessed public.

There is no reliable evidence that suggests that a single anti-aging product on the market works. Yet people’s ignorance and lack of skepticism allow charlatans to continue to sell anti-aging products and make false claims about how they work. Not only do they not work, but may actually be harmful. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not regulate products such as dietary supplements which means they do not undergo clinical testing like approved medications.

It is important to realize that quality of life is how we live instead of worrying about how long we live. Enjoy life and live well.