Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World

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HMH, Jan 5, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 240 pages
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“An in-depth, well-researched, and thoughtful exploration of the ‘fat boom’ in America.” —TheBoston Globe

Low carb, high protein, raw foods…Despite our seemingly endless obsession with fad diets, the startling truth is that six out of ten Americans are overweight or obese. In Fat Land, an award-winning nutrition and health journalist examines the facts and societal factors behind the sensational headlines, taking on everything from supersize to Super Mario, high-fructose corn syrup to the high costs of physical education.
With a sharp eye and even sharper tongue, he examines why pediatricians are now treating conditions rarely seen in children before; why Type 2 diabetes is on the rise; the personal struggles of those with weight problems—especially among the poor—and how agribusiness has altered our waistlines.
Praised by The New York Times as "absorbing" and by Newsday as "riveting," this disarmingly funny yet truly alarming exposé stands as an important examination of one of the most pressing medical and social issues in the United States.
“One scary book and a good companion to Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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User Review  - mstrust - LibraryThing

Published in 2003, this is a study of all the reasons American waistlines have expanded over the previous decades. Starting with agricultural deals to save the farmers and cut food costs that turned ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cecilturtle - LibraryThing

Critser is on a mission to convince the reader of the horrible impacts of poor eating habits stemming from fast foods and of limited exercise on the current obesity crisis. He does a good job of ... Read full review


1 Up Up Up
2 Supersize Me
3 World Without Boundaries
4 Why the Calories Stayed on Our Bodies
5 What Fat Is What Fat Isnt
6 What the Extra Calories Do to You
7 What Can Be Done
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Greg Critser is a longtime chronicler of the modern pharmaceutical industry and the politics of medicine. His columns and essays on the subject have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, and elsewhere. Critser is the author of Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World (Houghton Mifflin), which the American Diabetes Association called “the definitive journalistic account of the modern obesity epidemic.” He lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Antoinette Mongelli.

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