Book Review: thinking in circles about obesity

Book Review: Thinking in Circles about Obesity


Submitted by Denise Reynolds RD on Dec 4th, 2009

With the obesity problem one of the centers of attention in the United States today, experts call for improved education for both public and private organizations as the first step to combat the issue.

Tarek Hamid has written an engaging, lively book that conveys information about the basic science of weight loss that appeals both to healthcare professionals and educated general consumers. In “Thinking in Circles about Obesity: Applying Systems Thinking to Weight Management”, he presents a novel approach to addressing the obesity problem.

Although most Americans are knowledgeable about foods, labels, and calories, we are still gaining weight in spite of good intentions. “Thinking in Circles about Obesity” applies critical thinking and information technology to bring insight and practical strategies for managing weight and health. Hamid provides insight on how to dispel a dieter’s unrealistic expectations and point out those dead-end behaviors that derail weight loss goals.

The book is ideal for schools, structured business environments and public policy organizations to communicate prevention and provide innovative tools for:
• Understanding why diets almost always fall short of our expectations.
• Assessing weight gain, loss, and goals with greater accuracy.
• Abandoning one-size-fits-all solutions in lieu of personal solutions that do fit.
• Replacing outmoded linear thinking with feedback systems thinking.
• Getting the most health benefits from information technology.
•Making behavior and physiology work in sync instead of in opposition.

Dr. Tarek Hamid PhD is an MIT-trained system dynamicist with expertise in human metabolism and energy regulation. He is a professor of system dynamics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

The paperback, published November 2009, retails for $27.50, and is available through Springer Publications or



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