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Dump your Toxic Waist!

One GP's take on the obesity epidemic - and how to avoid being a casulty of it - gets a resounding endorsement from our reviewer

One GP's take on the obesity epidemic - and how to avoid being a casulty of it - gets a resounding endorsement from our reviewer

‘You can be liberated and live, or you can be a lemming.'

Hard-hitting words from Dr Derrick Cutting, a Surrey GP.

Dump your Toxic Waist! is the revised and expanded 4th edition of a book originally published as Stop that Heart Attack! back in 1998.

The book is aimed at the lay reader who wishes to improve their cardiovascular risk by losing weight. It aims to be medically accurate and scientific, and culminates in the 28-day Munch Plan, with recipes included.

The first four chapters set the scene, explaining the metabolic effects of abdominal fat, how type 2 diabetes comes about and an explanation of coronary heart disease and lipids.

The next 13 chapters deal with various foods and include chapters on eating out, feeding children, foreign food and garlic. Then come chapters on the cardiovascular risk factors, before the Munch plan is revealed.

It is a long book at 471 pages, and thorough. It is written from a balanced scientific viewpoint and though not referenced as a medical book would be, the major trials such as the Heart Protection Study, Woscops and 4S are mentioned and explained at the appropriate places.

It is not dumbed-down and the clarity of writing is superb, with topics such as fats, antioxidants and risk assessment rendered as clearly as I have encountered.

The style makes the book, being chatty and punchy and the text is laced with humorous quotations and drawings. For example, on the Atkins diet: ‘But losing weight by avoiding helpful carbohydrate and eating more saturated fat is rather like curing work stress by staying at home and injecting heroin.'

I admit I didn't try any of the recipes, but they sound fine. The book could easily stand alone without them or the Munch Plan though.

As a 33 year-old-GP with a normal BMI I am not this book's target audience.

However, I learned loads and have altered how I eat as a result of reading it. I shall be recommending it to many of my patients, and I also recommend it to any of you who wish to improve your health.

A brilliant book, and a small fly in the face of the obesity epidemic. And no – I don't know Dr Cutting.

Rating: 5/5

Dr Arun Gadhok

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