The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You
Fat has long been a subject of national and personal shame, a repugnant biological adversary that we obsessively seek to eradicate. In 2014 alone, the United States spent $60 billion fighting fat—more money, even, than the $44.7 billion budgeted for Homeland Security. But how much do we know about fat, really? In THE SECRET LIFE OF FAT: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You biochemist Sylvia Tara reveals the ways in which our battle with the bulge has been misinformed and misdirected. Fat, it turns out, isn’t just unsightly blubber; it’s an essential and critically misunderstood body part, an endocrine organ that is as vital to our health as our heart, lungs, or stomach.
Tara presents trailblazing research, uncovering fat’s true identity. She recounts fascinating medical stories and introduces the scientists who have revealed fat’s secrets. Tara explores the history and science behind this multifaceted organ’s hidden talents to explain precisely why the fight against fat is so challenging. Did you know that fat can grow even without excess calories? That it can affect the body’s metabolic rate? Fat fights back. THE SECRET LIFE OF FAT describes the unexpected tricks fat uses in order to preserve itself even when we’re trying our hardest to lose it—and offers intelligent solutions for combating fat’s peculiar tactics.
Tara goes beyond the struggle to shed pounds, however, to show us fat’s unexpected importance to our health. We fight it all the time, but in truth we need it. Tara offers an entertaining and informative education in why a healthy amount of it is crucial to our well-being—while also providing useful guidance on managing the body part we love to hate. THE SECRET LIFE OF FAT is a groundbreaking investigation into fat’s complex reality as a reviled but necessary component of the human body—one that we are now discovering enables our reproductive organs, strengthens our immune system, protects us from disease, and may even help us live longer.
This pioneering work of practical, popular science establishes Dr. Sylvia Tara as an indispensable authority on our most misunderstood organ, and it emboldens us to reevaluate everything we thought we knew about fat’s effects on our bodies. THE SECRET LIFE OF FAT is an invaluable and highly insightful look at what is at once our most elusive enemy and our most bewildering ally, poised to spark a revolution in our physical—and mental—health.
TONY LYTLE - DIRECTOR OF FOOD & BEVERAGE, THE WESTIN MAUI RESORT & SPA
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is situated along a spectacular stretch of the famed Ka'anapali Beach. This oceanfront resort blends an endless array of activities and amenities with gracious aloha spirit, perfect for any Hawaiian vacation.
Located beachfront with spectacular views of Lana'i and Moloka'i, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is just minutes from Maui's many attractions, yet remains a world unto itself, where exclusive services, first-rate restaurants, cultured entertainment and thrilling diversions satisfy every interest.
MARK A. MILLER - PROTECTING POLLINATORS: HOW YOU CAN HELP “BEE” KIND TO THE ENVIRONMENT
These animals and insects pollinate many of the foods we love, but often they can't find enough food for themselves. Loss of habitat is a key factor in the declining population of pollinators. Urban and suburban environments can play a vital role in restoring these habitats, which is why we’re asking gardeners to help by creating pollinator habitats at their homes and in their neighborhoods. Every garden can help.
On Tuesday, June 20th, Mark A. Miller, Outreach Education Manager for Franklin Park Conservatory, will be available to discuss why pollinator gardens are particularly important today and share key insights on how every one of us can help increase the pollinator population, promote pollinator diversity, and keep our lawns and gardens looking beautiful with the right guidance.