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In addition, it is an articulate wake-up call that makes the case for aggressive action now. But, a couple chapters later, probably during a chapter describing our lazy attitudes and inability to get off our butts, I got motivated and had to stop and get on the treadmill for half an hour. 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.

University of California Press: Immigrants came through Ellis Island and if they passed they got on train to somewhere else.

Critser vividly describes the physical suffering that comes from being fat. Fullness became a relative concept as chains super sized servings through the s. Aug 29, Peggy rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Dat love learning about history that took place during my childhood that I was unaware of, like astonishing inflation in the price of food in the 70s. Second-hand copies can be picked up for 0. 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.


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

Daniel Johnson added it Mar 21, By simply following many of the principles in this book about avoiding corn syrup and fructose, i have been able to get back to the same weight i competed at and without starvation. Do you know why high-fructose corn syrup is so prevalent in foods today, even those that don’t really need sweetening? The answer has been around for years, but the focu I read this many years ago, and have been telling people about it ever since because it’s amazing how many people don’t know why America had an epidemic of obesity first.

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. Sugar has been replaced by corn syrup, palm and coconut oil has replaced olive oil, more calories are being packed into smaller servings, etc. The End of Overeating: He shows how the poor become the fattest, victimized above all by the lack of awareness.

I enjoyed the first half of the book more so than the second half. Greg Critser uncovers not just the fast food industry but the slaughterhouse and meat packing industries, the soda industry, frozen foods, corporatized farming, and how these factors ‘weigh in’ at supermarkets and in school lunches.


Could it be because I had to back up ten feet so as to get my entire face into the bathroom mirror to shave every morning? Although each of us must take responsibility for our health, it is difficult for many Americans to achieve successful weight management because environmental influences are so strong.

Published inthis is a study of all the reasons American waistlines have expanded over the previous decades. My boy I read this after “Fast Food Nation” and it’s a great companion piece.

I have always had a sweet tooth and after reading about some of the studies mentioned in this book i decided to try giving up on lqnd syrup. You reap what you sow. 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.

Share your thoughts with other customers. I am not usually interested in books like this but I critaer glad I picked it. So in some ways, this book was an interactive book! A former “fatso” who decided to shed the weight not after his wife and physician told him to do so, but when a rude stranger told him to watch out and used derogatory grg refering to his weight.

I probably shouldn’t use quotes if I don’t actually want to get up off the couch and get the real quote, huh?