Obesity from a Systems Thinking Perspective            

Thinking in Circles About Obesity




           “In communicating the broad principles of a dynamic approach to the obesity problem and

              its possible solutions, Dr. Hamid has done a superb job. This is an important, often eloquent,

           and consistently provocative invitation to rethink one of the most weighty issues of our time.”

                                                                                                                                 Dr. Bobby Milstein, Centers for Disease Control (CDC)




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An irony of America’s obesity epidemic is that at a time when Americans arguably know more about food and nutrition than at any time in their history, they are gaining more weight. Despite all the diet books, the wide availability of reduced-calorie and reduced-fat foods and the broad publicity about the obesity prob­lem, the obesity epidemic has not slowed. Indeed, it is growing much faster than it was thirty years ago.

As Albert Einstein once observed, the significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. That we’d have to shift to a new level, a deeper level of thinking, to solve them.

This book argues for, and presents, a different perspective for thinking about and addressing the obesity problem: a Systems Thinking perspective.

It is a different way of thinking.

By helping people better understand how the human energy and weight regulation system works, it is hoped that Thinking in Circles would have a profound influence on how ordinary people think about and manage their health and well being.


What the Book is NOT

This is NOT another how-to self-help guide to dieting or losing weight. Rather, it is a book that should complement any “how-to self-help guide to dieting or losing weight” you may decide to use. Better yet, it is a book you should read before committing to a how-to self-help guide to dieting or losing weight.

There are tons of advice, articles, books, and websites out there on how to manage our health and attain a healthy weight. Indeed, as a wise man once said, “we are drowning in information and starving for wisdom.” This means we better be more intelligent “consumers” of information.

This book aims to help you be a more intelligent consumer of information/advice on how to manage your health and attain a healthy weight. To do that, you need to better understand how the human energy and weight regulation system works, why it works that way, and how to better manage it. That's precisely what this book aims to do.