Jun 262012

The Great Fat Fraud by Mike Schatzki

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Lamington Press (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983772541
ISBN-13: 978-0983772545

The revolutionary new book that debunks the myths long perpetrated by the diet and weight-loss industries. Are you tired of buying diet book after diet book? Have you tried every exercise class at your gym? Are you ready to toss the whole concept of diet and exercise out the window? It’s time to try something different.


1. Obesity is a disease that causes 400,000 deaths a year.

True False

2. The definitions for “overweight” and “obese” were invented by:

A. The World Health Organization
B. The Weight Loss Industry
C. The National Institutes of Health
D. None of the above

3. Most people who yo-yo diet actually gain weight over time because:

A. They have no will power
B. Their body raises its set point to protect against all the famines it is experiencing
C. They eat too much
D. All of the above

4. The Weight Loss Industry has annual revenues of:

A. Less than $10 Billion
B. $10 – $25 Billion
C. $25-$50 Billion
D. More than $50 Billion

5. The only way to avoid regaining weight after a diet is to exercise (run, bike, swim, etc.) for an hour a day, most days of the week.

True False

Answers: 1 = False 2 = B 3 = B 4 = D 5 = False

If you’re ready for a real change, and ready to take back control of your body, let The Great Fat Fraud provide you with the road map.

In this book, Mike Schatzki tells us that it doesn’t really matter what size you are, that as long as you’re active, you’re healthy. He says that size doesn’t matter, and that a person with an average BMI, but who is sedentary, is more at risk for health problems than a person with a high BMI who moves a lot (walk, climb stairs etc), and that they cut their healh risks by 50%. That makes perfect sense to me. But…I also believe that being within your ideal weight range cuts your health risks too.

There’s a lot of info in this book, like how to reach the recommended 10,000 steps a day, how to make exercise a priority, by-pass surgery, weight loss drugs and weight loss programs. Some of subjects are just a few pages, some are a little more, but they all have info that will help anyone trying to get fit. I especially like the “Magic” section because I’ve always been leary of magic weight loss and fitness cures.

At the end of the book you’ff find a BMI chart, 2 Balke Treadmill Protocol charts (one for women, one for men), and a Working With Your Podometer section, and an Index.

Overall this was an interesting book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants another point of view on how to become a more fit and/or healthier person.


Mike Schatzki is a bestselling author, professional speaker, professional negotiator, environmental lobbyist and, in his spare time, a “Recovering Couch Potato.” “The Great Fat Fraud” is based on more than two years of action-oriented research that anyone can implement immediately.

Mike received his BA, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Haverford College, and his MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife Jeanne and their cat Karma.

  7 Responses to “The Great Fat Fraud by Mike Schatzki”

  1. Wow! I’d rather be at the beach reading too but right now it’s not going to happen with Tropical Storm Debby sitting out there in the Gulf. Hope she moves soon.

    Love your site here! Lots of great books to add to my list. Did you finish “The Encounter”? Our library doesn’t have it. But they will try to get it for me. Sounds good!

    Thanks for all the great links!! Hugz!

    • Yesterday it poured ALL day, today wasn’t as bad. We had quite a few tornado watches in our area.

      Yes, I finished The Encounter. It was a really good book! I’ll be posting my review in the next few days!

  2. Hi Vicki,

    I have to confess that I am seriously overweight, but I very rarely buy diet books.

    I totally agree with the author, that so long as you are fit and active, you are no more likely to have health issues than anyone else, although I accept the obvious risks regarding joint problems that obesity can cause.

    Both my GP and aerobics instructor have comented that I am much more pliant and supple than someone half my size and I certainly have no health issues which can be attributed to my weight.


  3. How interesting! Seems like a neat book. (Although, I do want to lose some pounds!)

  4. This sounds like a really interesting book. What a great title too!

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