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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And Americans ate it up, increasing the number of meals consumed outside the house. Mariner Books; Reprint edition January 5, Language: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The introduction of palm oil from overseas and the explosive manufacture of corn syrup at home led to a horiffic spike in the amount of sugar, fats and aclories we consumed. 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.

Also, sometimes the use of information was overbearing and superfluous for that section. How to Win an Election: New technology transformed palm oil into a viable and stable, but highly saturated, commercial fat. 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.

Danielle Kyper added it Jul 20, Aug 29, Peggy rated it it was amazing. Greg Critser’s “Fat Land” is no exception.

Social Marketing in the 21st Century Alan R. My doctor, in fact, had recently suggested that I consider a new weight loss medication. High Fructose Corn Syrup and the “metabolic shunting” way our bodies digest it is a key factor in weight gain. 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.


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Back in the s, ’70s and ’80s, when I was growing up, I ate home-baked cake with butter icing every day, had half a Mars Bar every day at lunchtime, ate normal cooked meals in the evening and was never overweight. January’s book Fat Land. At the time, I had promptly brushed the idea aside. Nothing written was groundbreaking information, and it was not presented in a way that made the reader enjoy the novel.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in health.

Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser

My wife and my physician had been after me for some time to do something about my problem, the former quite gingerly, the latter not so. I think most people would find this book simple, accessible and interesting. Andreasen Limited preview – Preview — Fat Land by Greg Critser. I am morbidly obese not! I missed it when it was initially released – despite it seeming to have been received well and given much hype – so it does feel a tad out of date, but the statistics are still valid and the history is merely less recent, so aside from the occasional reference to a ‘today’ of about a decade ago, it remains a solid and pertinent text.

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.

This book should attract a wide readership. Fascinating examination of the role class plays in America’s obesity epidemic and the attendant epidemics of Diabetes 2 etc.


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

Considering the book has been around for many years, I am interested in reading a more up to gerg book. Review “Reading this book will take ten pounds right off you.

The reason nobody has noticed is that palm oil can be labelled as vegetable oil which we have been conditioned to think is more healthy than butter, so consumers are unable to tell if products contain palm oil.

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.

Eider Egurbide marked it as to-read Apr 30, 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?

The results were arresting. The book is not that thick and surprisingly a good quarter of the book is the bibliography documenting all his facts and figures. In a desperate effort to alleviate the crunch and keep farmers in work and food on the tables, American economists began to redraw the maps on where our foods come from and what goes into them.

About 20 percent of ggreg are obese — so fat that our lives will likely be cut short by excess fat. Critser traces the roots of how so many Americans became so obese, and it’s a complicated maze of changing diet fads, changing child-rearing ideas, fast food conniving, school lunch deterioration, families who don’t have time to sit down to a meal or who eat out all the time, the invention of high-fructose corn syrup, food politics, a bit of genetics, and more. We do not want our children to become a nation of spectators.

My experience was not, for those hoping for something juicy, a moment of childhood drama.