About the Author

Photo by Brooke Anderson

Photo by Brooke Anderson

Scott Charles Anderson is a science writer who seems to concentrate on the weirder aspects of life, such as writing an autobiography in the third person.

Nothing excites him as much as real-life brain-eating cannibals or the serendipitous discoveries of romantic geologists. He’s a fearless researcher of the awesome and the awkward.

That’s why, when he found out that he was overflowing with a wealth of girth, he decided to examine the theories and actual studies behind weight loss. Surely, there was a good science story here about how to achieve the perfect diet.

What he found was … weird. From drinking arsenic to eating tapeworms, in the world of dieting, he found that anything went: a strange story of greed, snake oil and rare sightings of hope.

Does any of it work? Scott decided to try out the most promising (least insane) diet programs and file reports on them. These are his blogs. Usually, some form of humiliation is involved, which is fairly entertaining, if you’re not Scott.

Join Scott as he punishes his body on your behalf. Don’t rush into the latest Hollywood miracle diet (this one really works!) until you hear what Scott has to say about it. He’s a mere anecdote, of course, a humble guinea pig journalist, but it’s often entertaining to watch him fidget and chafe over the restrictions of each diet. Again, if you’re not Scott.

Usually too late to save himself embarrassment, Scott ultimately does the research he should have done in the first place, often revealing that diets can be hazardous to the health of a reporter. This is raw science journalism, folks. It’s not pretty, but we dare you to look away.

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