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

Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World
Author: Greg Critser
ISBN 13: 9780618380602
ISBN 10: 618380604
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: 2004-01-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $14.95

A nutrition and health writer provides a thoroughly documented but nevertheless engaging treatment of the very serious "epidemic of obesity" which affects the health and well-being of some 60 percent of the American population. Class, politics, culture, and economics are taken into account to show how Americans, particularly children, have become overweight. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Los Angeles Times

About 20% of us are so overweight that our lives will likely be cut short by excess fat, writes Pasadena journalist Greg Critser in his informative and readable book, Fat Land. Critser cites experts in the fields of obesity, epidemiology, nutrition and public health as he looks into the reasons behind this fattening of America: If current eating and exercising patterns are left unchecked, almost all Americans will be overweight by 2050, according to one expert he consults. According to this same expert, a physiologist Critser calls "the dean of obesity studies," becoming obese is now the "normal response to the American environment." — Bernadette Murphy