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Previously published as: Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?
Over the past few decades, celebrity culture's grip on our society has tightened. For Timothy Caulfield, a health science expert, this trend has had a measurable influence on individual life choices and health care decisions.
In typical Caulfield manner, it isn't enough to simply interview experts and read the current studies (which he does). He tries celebrity-recommended beauty routines and diets. After attending a modeling competition, he enrolls in an assessment/audition for a modelling agency in Hollywood. In his quest to understand the relationship between celebrity and culture and our individual health choices, he follows celebrity Twitter feeds, scans gossip blogs, and forces himself to read every issue - cover to cover - of People magazine, for an entire year. In this fun, factual book, Caulfield separates sense from nonsense and provides usable and evidence-informed advice about what actually works and what is a waste of money and time.
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- Zane D
all aspects of celebrity are addressed with science stating the facts. it's not a dumping on celebrity alone.
personal, scientific, and philosophical
this was an excellent "read." the author's style reminds me of Michael Pollan, who mixes the personal experience, with scientific studies, with the philosophical about the implications for our society and ourselves.
this exploration of our obsession with celebrities begins and at an American Idol competition. in between, the author explores science myths, the power of celebrities in influencing our choices, and the goal to be famous that has taken over the american dream. what in love also is that the author has gone out of his way to include ans highlight canadian studies and scientists.