'Why We Get Fat' by Gary Taubes; teen smoking prevention online

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Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 7, 2011; 2:28 PM

Obesity

Once more, with feeling "Why We Get Fat" (Knopf, $24.95)

Science journalist Gary Taubes rejects the mainstream medical assertion that overeating causes obesity. In his convincing new book "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It," Taubes argues, with careful citations of scientific studies, that sugars and refined carbohydrates are to blame. This isn't a new message; Who could forget all of those Atkins-inspired meat-and-cheese dinners of the early '00s? Taubes's 2007 book "Good Calories, Bad Calories" contained the same message, and those who digested all 640 of its pages need not pick up this slimmer, more accessible volume.

Smoking

Good advice, this time in Spanish ASPIRE, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center

A Web-based smoking prevention and cessation program for teens is now available in Spanish. ASPIRE (A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience) features quizzes, videos and stylish animations to appeal to its target audience of middle and high school students. The evidence-based program was developed a decade ago by a research team at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Program Manager Lauren McCoy says MD Anderson created the Spanish curriculum because the percentage of Hispanic teens who use tobacco is increasing slightly (though still lower than the figure among whites) and Hispanics are the nation's fastest-growing minority group, according to the new census figures. "The program has really evolved over the years, and we expect that the new Spanish version will be successful in increasing our reach to Hispanic teens," McCoy says.


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