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Can a book cut average weight?

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The nation’s top 10 bestselling books list for 2005 contains no surprises. Harry Potter comes number one, with the latest volume in the Potter series selling more than 800,000 copies. Depressingly, there are four Dan Brown books there, in places 3, 4, 8 & 9. My scepticism about Steve Waugh’s memoirs was unwarranted. Despite only being released in October, he’s there at number six and was at number one of the non-fiction list for the week ending December 24 (a perfect stocking filler for the cricket lover). All these books are, as Graham Greene used to say of his less serious novels, “entertainments”. The one top-ten exception to this pattern is The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, which sold a huge 457,000 copies to reach number 2 on the list. With 2.4 million Australians admitting they are overweight, one-in-five fatties seems to have purchased a copy (OK, some people who are not fat probably bought it too). If people took it seriously this ought be enough to produce a measurable drop in the extent of obesity. My prediction? We will see no such drop. Most people already know, in rough terms, how to lose weight – eat less fatty food and exercise more. It is the long-term discipline that is lacking, and a book isn’t going to provide that.


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January 10, 2006 at 8:28 pm

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