The Science of Celebrity . . . or Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

Category: Book
By (author): Caulfield, Timothy
Subject:  HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
  HEALTH & FITNESS / Healthy Living
  NON-FICTION / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: April 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 8.00in x 5.18in x 0.81in
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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 indivudal 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.
Biographical NoteTIMOTHY CAULFIELD is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science, and health policy issues has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic and writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Trudeau Foundation, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently for the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything!: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness, and The Science of Celebrity . . . or Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? (previously published as Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash). His most recent book is Relax, Dammit!: A User's Guide to the Age of Anxiety. Caulfield also has a strong social media presence and is the host and co-producer of the documentary TV series, A User's Guide to Cheating Death.