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Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World is the type of book that everyone should read. Not only is it an inside look at the food advertisement industry, but also is and depiction of the American attitude of ¿I want it now, I want it fast¿. This b...
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World is the type of book that everyone should read. Not only is it an inside look at the food advertisement industry, but also is and depiction of the American attitude of ¿I want it now, I want it fast¿. This book tackles the tough questions concerning type two diabetes, heart disease, and other health related problems. These problems also have been monitored in children as young as age 5. Why is that? This is not just any old diet book telling you to eat right and exercise. Actually, its not one at all. It will make you think about what you are putting into your body. Even though it is hard to eat anything healthily anymore (since even fruits and vegetables have been pumped with preservatives) at least this book is a real eye opener. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World is the only good read that has made me think about what I am eating before it even enters my mouth.

posted by Anonymous on May 4, 2003

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Highly Recommended - check it out!

In the nonfiction novel, “Fat Land; How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World,” by Greg Critser, it argues the specific explanations for America’s obesity issues. Critser’s book offers a look at the various causes of why the energy balance in America has grow...
In the nonfiction novel, “Fat Land; How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World,” by Greg Critser, it argues the specific explanations for America’s obesity issues. Critser’s book offers a look at the various causes of why the energy balance in America has grown to be so lopsided. Critser conveys a complete assessment of the farming, governmental, societal, and financial specifics that have funded America’s obesity epidemic. Although most believe that the weight problem in America has increased due to the amount of fast food and burger joints, Critser clarifies the real issues that occurred before the fast food industry epidemic. In one of the main chapters in his book, Critser shows his audience that the real trouble came from the economy. Businesses and food manufacturers had been continuously losing money and assumed that “corn syrup” was no different than the sugar used in most food products. This supposition lead to high fructose levels in the majority of our nation’s foods. Critser did a remarkable job clarifying the thought process of the food producers and how they presumed that this new type of sweetener was appropriate for America. He also described how this modification of ingredients soon backfired. The high fructose corn syrup in America’s food was exceptionally harmful and caused the obesity rate to increase. Along with Critser’s well-studied proofs on the economic mistakes of America’s government, he also pointed out the other main error of our countries decisions which lead towards an obese country. The food manufacturers learned “value meals” and “supersizing”. Fast food restaurants observed the profitability- if they served high profit drinks and low profit burgers- was immense and was the greatest thing that could happen for their business. Besides that, “supersizing” became particularly popular among the residents of our country; tripling the serving size of a standard McDonald’s meal saved companies money and presented the consumers more for their dollar. Soon America was supersized and businesses attempted to compete with McDonalds marketing tricks to receive more business. Due to this entire theory of supersizing, our country has from then on had an exceptionally challenging time consuming healthy and well portioned meals. Critser’s in-depth justification for America’s faults indicated to his readers the very real epidemic our country is in and the steps America needs to take to repair this problem are significant.

posted by Bizz1 on January 8, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    A must read for people with an interest in personal health!

    The book Fat Land by Greg Critser is a great insight into the origins of obesity in the United States of America. However, the great thing about this book is that it not only tells people why obesity is so out of control due to poor diet and lack of exercise, a fact which most people are already familiar with. It goes into depth about when and why unhealthy foods were introduced to the everyday American in the first place. Also where this fatty food came from, and why Americans have been gobbling it up by the plateful. Critser illustrates the beginnings of the obesity epidemic from both an economical and social standpoint really painting a picture as to why things were able to get out of control so fast. He presents his readers with interesting side by side facts whether it be the growing size of fast food portions or the increase of the average caloric intake of a person from the early 1980’s to current day that really force readers to open up their eyes and see the unhealthy food choices that have only recently begun to be made. The facts found in Fat Land have simply never been presented together so perfectly. A person would have to read through thousands of medical studies and journals, diet books, and historical records to gain as much knowledge as that to which is luckily, readily available to them in this book. The only unpleasant thing about this book is that is very wordy and can also be dry at some points. I just do not see people who really are not interested in personal health, diet, and exercise being able to stomach all the hard nutritional facts and continue reading. But to those who are interested in such topics Fat Land is extremely interesting and thought provoking.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    Highly Recommended - check it out!

    In the nonfiction novel, “Fat Land; How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World,” by Greg Critser, it argues the specific explanations for America’s obesity issues. Critser’s book offers a look at the various causes of why the energy balance in America has grown to be so lopsided. Critser conveys a complete assessment of the farming, governmental, societal, and financial specifics that have funded America’s obesity epidemic. Although most believe that the weight problem in America has increased due to the amount of fast food and burger joints, Critser clarifies the real issues that occurred before the fast food industry epidemic. In one of the main chapters in his book, Critser shows his audience that the real trouble came from the economy. Businesses and food manufacturers had been continuously losing money and assumed that “corn syrup” was no different than the sugar used in most food products. This supposition lead to high fructose levels in the majority of our nation’s foods. Critser did a remarkable job clarifying the thought process of the food producers and how they presumed that this new type of sweetener was appropriate for America. He also described how this modification of ingredients soon backfired. The high fructose corn syrup in America’s food was exceptionally harmful and caused the obesity rate to increase. Along with Critser’s well-studied proofs on the economic mistakes of America’s government, he also pointed out the other main error of our countries decisions which lead towards an obese country. The food manufacturers learned “value meals” and “supersizing”. Fast food restaurants observed the profitability- if they served high profit drinks and low profit burgers- was immense and was the greatest thing that could happen for their business. Besides that, “supersizing” became particularly popular among the residents of our country; tripling the serving size of a standard McDonald’s meal saved companies money and presented the consumers more for their dollar. Soon America was supersized and businesses attempted to compete with McDonalds marketing tricks to receive more business. Due to this entire theory of supersizing, our country has from then on had an exceptionally challenging time consuming healthy and well portioned meals. Critser’s in-depth justification for America’s faults indicated to his readers the very real epidemic our country is in and the steps America needs to take to repair this problem are significant.

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