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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Set up a giveaway. My wife and my physician had been after me crotser some time to do something about my problem, the former quite gingerly, the latter not so. As a child i was always overweight, but not obese. Stigma, not media, political, or religious oratory can be effective, fta not at the price society pays. 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.

Aug 14, Abby rated it it was ok.

Fat Land by Greg Critser

For example we all know that to be healthy we need to exercise and eat less, but why don’t we do it? Dani Wood marked it as to-read May 10, Eider Egurbide marked it as to-read Apr 30, Some guy called me fatso. It uses painfully truthful statements that are eye opening.

His expose of the Los Angeles schools’ opening of the nutritional floodgates in the lunchroom and his examination of the political and cultural forces that have cgitser the bar on American fitness low and then lower, are critsdr discerning reporting and impassioned wake-up calls. 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!


I already knew the funeral industry was a scam, but seeing exactly how the ruse is perpertuated in Mitfords’ “The American Way Of Death” kept me chewing until the very last page. I think most people would find this book simple, accessible and interesting. This book has total false advertising.

We know that obesity has a strong genetic component, but twenty years — anyone knows that is a laughingly small amount of time for genetics to change so much. I have to admit, I’m one of the obese, though I’ve been When this book first came out init was an eye-opener, and I can see why. Despite its encyclopedic content, Fat land is a fascinating read because of his clear and entertaining writing style. On the back, it says that “reading this book will take ten pounds right off of you”, or something like that.

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. They included such tasks as the pull ups test, push ups test, and timed mile.

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He debunks the myth that minorities like their women “fat”. My experience was not, for those hoping for something juicy, a moment of childhood drama. Critser looks into many aspects of American life, including youth and schools, where lack of funding caused criteer yet unhealthy foods to be ,and and the need to enforce physical education in schools. He covers the history and how some well intentioned decisions at the national level have adversely affected our society so much that it has created a criitser of creating fat people.


This book covers the usual subjects–lack of PE in the public schools, sedentary lifestyle, gargantuan portions, etc. Overall, this book is made for those who like learning or simply want to learn, not those looking to read an exciting and thrilling novel. So for the guys like myself, the question has become, basically, what has changed in the environment to allow the inclination toward overweight and obesity to express itself? Could it be because I had to back up ten feet so as to get my entire face into the bathroom mirror ffat shave every morning?

Disarmingly funny, Fat Land leaves no diet book – including Dr.

It was a little hard to start reading in the beginning but it is very enlightening. Although Critser picks on the golden arches after all, they are a major player in the food changes our country has madehe doesn’t isolate his critseg solely to them. Addiction to fatty foods, self-destructive behavior, etc.

We hear that obesity is a choice- both from those who want to demonize obesity and from those who claim to be “fat activists”. Refresh and try again.

The book is overwhelming yet interesting. And that started freaking a lot of us out.

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

I learned a LOT from this book. Andreasen Limited preview – No trivia or quizzes yet. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU.