Written by the former head of the FDA, David Kessler's The End of Overeating
($17) helped me change my relationship with food and the desire to eat well past feeling full.
Kessler lays out his arguments like a scientist, explaining why we crave sugar, fat, and salt, and details the relationship between food science and what we actually eat. The book also explains why many Americans are obsessed, and even addicted, to food.
Kessler doesn't leave you stranded in the mire of food compulsion and offers ways to break the cycle. But it's not easy to break the addiction to food; you can't go cold turkey, because, unlike cigarettes or booze, you cannot live without food. The process might be slow, but using different rewards and substituting unhealthy foods with healthy activities and healthier foods, you can begin to create positive changes in your relationship to eating.
— Susi May, fitness director