By Greg Critser Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World (Reprint) [Paperback] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Fat Land has ratings and reviews. Krista the Krazy Kataloguer said: When this book first came out in , it was an eye-opener, and I can see. “An in-depth, well-researched, and thoughtful exploration of the ‘fat boom’ in America. In Fat Land, award-winning nutrition and health journalist Greg Critser.

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Stigma, not media, political, or religious oratory can be effective, but not at the price society pays. For one, I met a man named James O. In other words, Greg Critser lays out, we could lanv eat the exact same stuff as our thinner grandparents did and end up morbidly rcitser because our world has rapidly changed around us. The book is overwhelming yet interesting. This book gave me so much to think about, and would be a great book discussion book–if you could get people to talk about it.

Sarah Sabet marked it as to-read Aug 02, The discussion of Butz was better handled in Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma, but the overview was still informative and gave perspective. On the other hand, he mentions how the entrance of large numbers of women into the workforce has negatively impacted the eating patterns of millions of people, which would be unmentionable on the feminist left.

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FAT LAND: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World

This book covers the usual subjects–lack of PE in the public schools, sedentary Book lives up to its title, using current stats, empirical data, and lucid explanation as to why America is so massive. Eider Egurbide marked it as to-read Apr 30, I wrote about these insights, first for a local magazine, then in my column in USA Today, where I write about the politics of health. His expose of the Los Angeles schools’ opening of the nutritional floodgates in the lunchroom and his examination of the political and cultural forces that have set the bar on American fitness low and then lower, are both discerning reporting and impassioned wake-up calls.


Junk food taxes should be analogized to the cigarette tax. I’d never thought about being fit as a patriotic issue, but the story of a futuristic American p. For example, in what could be interpreted as a shot at the pro-business right, he reveals how big processed food companies maximize their profits by doing things to food that make it much higher in calories. It was a little hard to start reading in the beginning but it is very enlightening. View Full Version of PW. Ten years ago, everyone in Europe was laughing at fat Americans, blaming the epidemic on their super-sized portions and assuming lazy people just ate too much fast food.

Greg Critser engages every aspect of American life – class, politics, culture, and economics – to show how we have made Set up a giveaway.

In the meantime, it’s almost If you read just one book on food, ‘Fat Land’ should be that book. Tori marked grey as to-read Aug 04, Jean marked it as to-read Oct 30, Very eye opening and motivating. He makes a solid case for the lower classes and minority groups which he says are at the greatest risk of disease and poor health.

During the s fast food restaurants discovered customers would pay for value and returned for larger sizes. He had just undergone an emergency gastroplasty repair, and it did not look good.

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In his illuminating first book which began life as a cover hy for Harper’s MagazineCritser details what happened as this river of corn syrup and cheap, lardlike palm oil met with a fast-food marketing strategy that prized sales—via supersized “value” meals—over quality or conscience.

Plenty, it turns out, and it’s all fascinatingly juicy stuff. Critser says hard things about fast food and the processing of it, but this book is most interesting and valuable for the other reasons he discusses with an amazing number of footnotes for the putting and keeping on of American poundage. Elizabeth marked it as to-read Aug 24, About 20 percent of us are obese — so fat that our lives will likely be cut short by excess fat.


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Fat land: how Americans became the fattest people in the world

There is lots of information in this book so be prepared to take in several names, dates, and events over the course of reading this book. Greg Critser engages every aspect of American life – class, politics, culture, and economics – to show how we have made ourselves the second fattest people on the planet after South Sea Islanders.

The point is that class almost always comes first in the equation: The increase in energy intake has been paralleled by a decrease in physical activity. But truly, each of these three institutions are too diverse to paint with a single brush. I have seen information that also shows how the low-fat dietary recommendations of the US government play into obesity, gteg I would be curious how that information plays in.

This despite research from the lauded Nurses Study that shows whole fat milk may be especially beneficial to women during their reproductive years. He covers each and every factor and does not leave the reader with any questions, which is really good for what he sets out to do. Matthew Foldi is currently reading it Oct 28, grrg Hill spelled out the problem more clearly than anyone else.

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Since I have read this book, I have eaten McDonald’s once in the last year or so and that was because I was drunk. And so, for the next nine months, I put all of my extra energy into the task of shedding my excess avoirdupois.