Thursday, September 30, 2010

Best Weight: A practical guide to office-based obesity management

This week the book that I coauthored with my friend, colleague and fellow blogger Dr. Arya Sharma was published by the Canadian Obesity Network.

Arya and I first met 5 years ago at an Obesity Society conference where we had the chance to sit and chat for a while. We kept in touch periodically via email and I think it was at the next year's conference when Arya asked me if I wanted to help him to finish a book he'd already begun to write (for those of you who don't know Arya, he's a dynamo, doing more in a month than most do in a year and he had found that his book had hit his back burners). I was only too happy to help and slowly but surely together we finished it up and I want to take the time here to sincerely thank Arya for involving me in something that was such a joy to work on.

The book isn't geared to the general public (though certainly it's not written in a manner that would make it inaccessible to them), rather it's geared towards allied health professionals who want to improve their skills and knowledge in dealing with their obese patients.

The book's fairly short and I think an easy read. It's not meant to be an exhaustive tome that slowly takes you step by step through the pathophysiology of obesity and dryly explores the usual party lines of treatment. Instead it's the culmination of both Arya and my experiences with this terribly under serviced patient population and put plainly, it's the book I wish I had when I first opened my doors.

We didn't write the book to make money, we wrote it to try to help and I'm thrilled that by the good graces and generosity of our publisher, the Canadian Obesity Network, that our book is freely available for download in PDF format (the only catch there is you've got to join the network - membership however is free).

[Of course if you want to buy your own hard copy you can. It's being sold right now by (for 12.05), (for $10.39) and Barnes and Nobles (for just $9.35)]

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  1. M Ridley7:10 am

    Anyone else find it ironic that Yoni the "nutritional watchdog" has sought the endorsement (see the back cover of the book)of the author of FOODS THAT FIGHT DISEASE.

    Leslie Beck, the books author claims:
    Everything you need to know about power foods... plus learn which (foods) are disease-fighting nutritional stars

    Really Yoni? I expected more.

    Shouldn't she be on your HIT list Yoni? Much like the RD names you published from Heart and Stroke? You know those awful people trying to make a living who you have outed as if they are on a sexual predator list or at the very least, a Glen Beck style hate list.

    Maybe your book should be posted on your website with the phrase: Can You Trust this book?

    I know Yoni, you'll have a smart comeback and this note won't make you change your ways overnight or get you to stop your self righteous ego stroking, but maybe, just maybe it will get you thinking about how you go about the noble food policy changes you are trying to make.

  2. Good morning to you too M. Ridley.

  3. Anonymous8:35 am

    Yeah Yoni, how dare you offer your book for free and Leslie Beck? Suggesting the foods can help prevent diseases? She's clearly crazy.

  4. Yoni, he kinda writes like you do...except unfunny and angry

  5. Bacon is a super food because it's SUPER DELICIOUS!

  6. Anonymous10:18 am

    I don't think your comeback was so smart.

  7. Christina RD10:44 am

    This is an outstanding resource which is greatly needed. Thank you very much for creating it with Dr. Sharma (he must do some of his volume of work on the plane!).
    Ideally it will become part of the curriculum for resident doctors, dietitians and other health professionals.

  8. Anonymous10:52 am

    Pseudoscience is only pseudoscience if Yoni decides it is.

    No offense to the wonderful success of Leslie, but her work is pop-nutrition, no different than pop-psychology. Some generally good advice sprinkled with a lot of junk science.

    Yoni, I applaud your release of a free book but come on... where are the standards that you hold everyone else too?

    Yoni, would you endorse any of these titles:

    The Complete A–Z Nutrition Encyclopedia
    -Manage over 75 health conditions naturally with healthy diet strategies, vitamins, minerals and natural health products.

    or how about

    The Complete Nutrition Guide to Menopause:
    Natural Strategies with Diet, Vitamins and Herbs

  9. Anonymous11:09 am

    I'm glad Yoni's not afraid to speak up and not shy to publish your comments either.

    He's been critical of Leslie in the past by the way. I remember him giving her a hard time about calories on his blog once but I'm not really sure I understand what's got your underwear in a bunch. He's not endorsing her books, she's endorsing his.

  10. Anonymous11:38 am

    I thought Yoni's approach was guilty by association?

    Not to mention, the endorsements on a first publication are 'sought after'.

    I guess it will now be difficult for Yoni to be critical again, or is that part of the endorsement deal.

  11. Actually, I generally agree with Leslie's viewpoints and yes, I did ask Leslie to read the book and give me her thoughts. She kindly agreed.

    For the conspiracists though, sadly no "deal" was involved, no money was exchanged and I'm free to criticize Leslie and she me to our hearts content.

    I gotta say I'm rather disappointed. You'd think after 1200 blog posts I've given you far better ammunition to come after me than Leslie's endorsement of my book.

  12. Anonymous2:14 pm

    I can't believe some of these comments. We finally have someone in this country who is not afraid to challenge the food industry on so many issues and has also co-authored a book for health professionals to help better their patients to deal with this growing obesity problem. And, you dare to say things like 'self righteous ego stroking'.

    Really M Ridley? We expected better!

    And, the other comment from someone who says 'Yeah Yoni, how dare you offer your book for free and Leslie Beck? Suggesting the foods can help prevent diseases? She's clearly crazy.

    Does this person have proof that foods DON'T prevent diseases? I assume you don't.

  13. Anonymous5:08 pm

    @ M Ridley... um, bitter much?