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Magic pill : the extraordinary benefits and disturbing risks of the new weight-loss drugs / Johann Hari.

Hari, Johann, (author.).


In January 2023, Johann Hari started to inject himself once a week with Ozempic, one of the new drugs that produces significant weight loss. He wasn't alone--some predictions suggest that in a few years, a quarter of the U.S. population will be taking these drugs. While around 80 percent of diets fail, someone taking one of the new drugs will lose up to a quarter of their body weight in six months. To the drugs' defenders, here is a moment of liberation from a condition that massively increases your chances of diabetes, cancer, and an early death. Still, Hari was wildly conflicted. Can these drugs really be as good as they sound? Are they a magic solution--or a magic trick? Finding the answer to this high-stakes question led him on a journey from Iceland to Minneapolis to Tokyo, and to interview the leading experts in the world on these questions. He found that along with the drug's massive benefits come twelve significant potential risks. He also found that these drugs radically challenge what we think we know about shame, willpower, and healing. What do they reveal about the nature of obesity itself? What psychological issues begin to emerge when our eating patterns are suddenly disrupted? Are the drugs a liberation or a further symptom of our deeply dysfunctional relationship with food? These drugs are about to change our world, for better and for worse. Everybody needs to understand how they work--scientifically, emotionally, and culturally. Magic Pill is an essential guide to the revolution that has already begun, and which one leading expert argues will be as transformative as the invention of the smartphone. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780593728635
  • ISBN: 0593728637
  • Physical Description: viii 288 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, 2024.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-282) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The holy grail -- Finding the treasure chest : how the drugs work -- Cheesecake park : why we gained weight -- The death and rebirth of satiet7 : the strange connection between processed food and the new drugs -- Living in an inflamed state : what has happened to our bodies--and do these drugs reverse it? -- An old story repeating itself? : the risks of the old weight-loss drugs--and the new ones -- Why don't you diet and exercise instead? : the two biggest alternatives to weight-loss drugs--and why they have [mostly] failed -- The brain breakthrough : good news for addiction, bad news for depression? -- What job was overeating doing for you? : the five reasons why we eat--and what happens when they are taken away from us -- I don't think you're in your body : how Ozempic made me realize I had to change -- Self-acceptance vs self-starvation? : what will these drugs mean for eating disorders? -- The forbidden body : what do these new drugs mean for stigma? -- Land that doesn't need Ozempic : what the Japanese do right--and how we can become like them -- The choices now : so what do we do, for us, and our kids? ; What you can do to improve the food system.
Subject: Weight loss.
Obesity > Treatment.
Weight loss > Psychological aspects.
Weight loss preparations.
Drugs > Side effects.
Genre: Informational works.

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  • 19 of 23 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 1 current hold with 23 total copies.
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North Kansas City Public Library 613.25 HARI 2024 (Text) 0001012554308 Nonfiction New Available -

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