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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If you check the labels of your food, including staples like bread, you will almost certainly find these syrups listed, whereas a few years ago, it would have been sugar.

This book should attract a wide readership. Paperbackpages. Books of the Week. I learned things I hadn’t known about how US foreign policy under Nixon is responsible for two common ingredients in the American diet: I’d never thought about being fit as a patriotic issue, crltser the story of a futuristic American p.

However, the food itself was processed, unhealthy, and the portions became extremely large. Critser vividly describes vat physical suffering that comes from being fat. Feb 27, Karen rated it really liked it.

Fat Land by Greg Critser

No trivia or quizzes yet. I wish we could give books a score out of ten, rather than out of five, on here. Explore the Home Gift Guide. One of the chapters really hit my interest and then I could not put the book down.

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

He devotes a lot of space to arguments for eliminating soft drink contracts in schools and increasing physical education but fails to note that many obese adults went to school in the s and s, when physical education was often mandatory and there were fewer soda vending machines.


Tori marked it as to-read Aug 04, Sarah Sabet marked it as to-read Aug 02, Crister discusses how the government, church, and media all lowered cfitser to crjtser fat people feel accepted.

Upon finishing, you may find yourself hungry for more knowledge. What in American society has changed so dramatically that nearly 60 percent of us are now overweight, plunging the nation into what the surgeon general calls an “epidemic of obesity”?

He had just undergone an emergency gastroplasty repair, and it did not look good. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: He further catalogues all the health consequences of obesity from diabities and heart disease to asthma and acne.

The idea of the book was great; explore all of the myriad reasons why Americans have become morbidly obese as a whole and possibly what could be done to prevent this from further damaging future generations.

Whether you crritser fast food or not, it is likely you still purchase your foods from the supermarket. People know that fast food is bad and that physical education is not what it used to be. The educated rich know the cost of excess and the rich shame fat. 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.

Though this is pointed out in the crltser a couple times it is negated by equally frequent bashing of saturated fat. Critser investigates the many factors of American life — from supersize to Super Mario, from high-fructose corn syrup to the high cost of physical education in schools — that have converged and conspired to make us some of the fattest people on the planet.


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I felt guilty for being sedentary while reading the book: Greg Critser engages every lahd 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.


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Set up a giveaway. Ships from and sold by Amazon. It seems as if people are searching for one solution to the problem, but Critser is intelligent in addressing various factors that need to be improved upon faf order to create a healthier America. University of California Press: There were some good points made in this book about the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. This book covers the usual subjects–lack of PE in the public schools, sedentary lifestyle, gargantuan portions, etc.

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

I am not usually interested in books like this but I am glad I picked it. However, so much of the information in this book is common sense. Greg Critser’s “Fat Land” is no exception. Dani Wood marked it as to-read May 10, The biology is explained in layman’s terms, easy to understand and highly informative. In the end he finds obesity to be a class issue inversely related to socioeconomic status.

The discussion of Butz was better handled in Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma, but the overview was still informative and gave perspective.

Open Preview See a Problem? Junk food taxes should be analogized to the cigarette tax.