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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You can still be healthy and not fat in America nowadays, it’s just more work because the whole world is encouraging us to be fat! Although the book is very eye opening and factual, there are some short comings.

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

Fatness was hardly a new issue for me. However, the food itself was processed, unhealthy, and the portions became extremely large. He does a good job of Rather, he was to be mollified with the tremendous bounty of the new nation. Karen marked it as to-read Nov 09, Since I have read this book, I have eaten McDonald’s alnd in the last year or so and that was because I was drunk.

The amount of information in this book is on-par with the amount found in textbooks, which unfortunately made it hard to read for long periods of time. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Kindle Editionpages. This book dritser also very left biased please, nanny government, fix the fat people for me! This surprise ending does not fit with the well-developed theme of the rest of the text.

It’s a critxer picture, sociological look at why obesity is such an epidemic in America now. The authors swipe at a low carbohydrate diet Atkins is ill thought out, and somewhat interesting as one facet of an Atkin’s diet is the exclusion of High Fructose corn syrup.

This despite research from the lauded Nurses Study that shows whole fat milk may be especially beneficial to women during their reproductive years. In addition, it mentioned the increase of time spent watching TV rather than exercising was described in detail. 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.


I am not usually interested in books like this but I am glad I picked it. It is important to understand which special interests and politics are behind our food choices.

Rather, we want each of them to be a participant in the vigorous life” p77 “fractionaization of physical activity” p92 – poor scientific support of said. Food manufacturers began to replace sugar and traditional fats in their products with high-fructose corn syrup and processed palm oil, which led to an increase in inexpensive, energy-dense snack and convenience foods.

That one figure recently moved U. Review “Reading this book will take ten pounds right off you.

Not only that, Critser also includes a surprisingly short and concise appendix which contains helpful numerical data regarding things mentioned in his book such as BMI body mass index. Fashions, both leisure and street, and American-style religion are subject to Critser’s gimlet eye as well.

Crifser and try again. Jess marked it as to-read Nov 04, University of California Press: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. To ask other readers questions about Fat Landplease sign up.

Jan 16, Bad Girl Bex rated it really liked it. Jul 27, Spook Harrison rated it it was amazing Recommended to Spook by: Nov 07, Oscar rated it really liked it. The prevalence of cartoony junk food ads and when that happened surprised me p.

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. Because it is not only 6 times sweeter than sugar and cheaper than sugar, but it also has preservative properties, prolonging shelf-life and mouth feel.

Mexican American women aged 20 to 74, for example, have an obesity rate about 13 percent higher for those living below the poverty line versus those above the poverty line.


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Health At Every Size: And that started freaking a lot of us out. David Satcher to declare obesity to be a national epidemic. It’s probably a little overly simplistic for my taste; obviously the author has tried to make the information more accessible to a wider audience, but as with many books in the PopSci realm, this book left me wanting more detail.

Carey McDavid-Price marked it as to-read Oct 16, It was my fortune to meet him at just the right time. Much of the information in this books was redundant and repeated in slightly different form in each chapter.

It basically describes the ‘perfect storm’ that has caused an explosion in the rate and severity of obesity in America, in the last 30 years. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In addition, it is an articulate wake-up call that makes the case for aggressive action now.

Fat Land by Greg Critser

The Best Books of 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. 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”?

Want to Read saving…. Mary marked it as to-read Jul 23, A better solution has a longer horizon. That’s why it took a couple months to finish. The biology is explained in layman’s terms, easy to understand and highly informative. The second half of the book is more technical, deals with diabetes and other health issues, plus the author has some suggestions on how to solve some of our problems.