The theme of great hunger remains an underlying cause in the study of obesity and depression. INSATIABLE posits—using many authoritative sources—that the human soul loves beauty and desires it, seeking the appeasing fragrances of nature’s beauty (Younghusband, 1921), to quiet the turbulence, at least in the first step. The book’s unique exploration of monasteries and the silence that dwells in them offers a remarkably simple remedy to the reader’s hunger in a rather frenetic world.
It Convincingly Discourages Calorie-Restrictive Diets
U.S. society, since the 1970s, has had a high interest in weight loss as evidenced by the sale of millions of diet books, yet despite this, obesity trends continued to increase. Overall efficacy of caloric-restrictive diets varies between 1-3% when measured over 5 to 7 years after completing the diet. Weight loss diets have clearly failed Americans. Could it be that caloric restrictive diets are actually driving the growth of the obesity epidemic?
It Explores Deeper Causes
It is simply no longer tenable to argue that obesity is a diversity issue. It is a medical problem of colossal proportions, that just simply will not go away, unless the deep-rooted origins of this epidemic are exposed—something INSATIABLE successfully does. The book uncovers the historical record confirming that the obesity crisis grew during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries when the cultural celebration of gluttony began among the aristocracies of Europe; it was a celebration of vice that carried over to the 19th century right up until our present times.
The Book Redefines Obesity
INSATIABLE identifies the obesity epidemic more as a symptom of a much more profound social malaise that nobody wants to talk about. The obesity epidemic, when considered from an epidemiological perspective, is but one epidemic--although an important one--among varied epidemics now sweeping through American society and changing the very fabric of our culture and social norms. What started out for me as an investigation into the causes of obesity, turned out to be an eye-opening discovery. The Medical and Dietetic professions have likely not been treating obesity correctly over the last 50 years. The Surgeon General of the United States, Dr Richard Carmona, framed the obesity crisis quite accurately in the 2008 when he said: “...we understand the social determinants of health which are so important and inextricably intertwined with the health of the nation; you can't fix the health problem until you deal with the socio-economic determinants of health." In this way, one-on-one doctor-patient and dietitian-patient interactions will do nothing to solve this calamitous medical disaster.
Using many interpretive lenses, Dr. Bissonnette draws the reader into an in-depth exploration of many other epidemics such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, adverse childhood experiences, hopelessness, and loneliness, now peppering the American landscape. Explore how nutrition, medicine, history, sociology, philosophy, theology, and spirituality conspire together to offer a profound understanding of the modern-day obesity epidemic, of the many chronic diseases, and social upheavals now devastating our country, offering, in the end, a long-lasting remedy.
As a nation, we have a deep-rooted hunger for food that created an obesity epidemic that has brought our healthcare costs to the brink of insolvency. What is driving this hunger? We are spiritual souls that hunger for truth, who desire to possess truth, and all are given graces to ascend to truth himself, God.
Redefining medical and social upheavals of our times
Explore how nutrition and spirituality conspire together to offer a complete understanding of the modern-day obesity epidemic, and a long-lasting remedy.
Explore how nutrition, medicine, history, sociology, philosophy, theolo-gy, and spirituality conspire together to offer a complete understan-ding of the modern-day obesity epidemic, and the many chronic diseases and a long-lasting remedy.