Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America's Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do about It

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"The evergreen subject of American gluttony and sloth brings out the best in scientist-advocates, and the authors, while drawing on a mountain of statistics and studies, make their indictment both funny and appalling."
Publishers Weekly

"Brownell and Horgen uncover some of America's biggest diet hazards and how to avoid them."
Self magazine

"This is a fascinating, empowering must-read filled with practical ...

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Overview

"The evergreen subject of American gluttony and sloth brings out the best in scientist-advocates, and the authors, while drawing on a mountain of statistics and studies, make their indictment both funny and appalling."
Publishers Weekly

"Brownell and Horgen uncover some of America's biggest diet hazards and how to avoid them."
Self magazine

"This is a fascinating, empowering must-read filled with practical ways to take action."
Shape magazine

"Food Fight is . . . an important contribution to the discourse around the obesity epidemic. I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to learn more about the role of the food industry, and especially to public health advocates looking for clearly presented research and ideas for positive change."
—Michele Simon, founder and director of the Center for Informed Food Choices

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071438728
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/16/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 295,221
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly D. Brownell, Ph.D., is one of the nation's best-known experts on nutrition and weight disorders. He is a psychology professor at Yale University and the director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders. He regularly appears in the media as an expert on obesity, nutrition, and eating disorders.

Katherine Battle Horgen, Ph.D. , is on the staff at the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Part 1 Biology Mismatched With the Modern World
1 Big Food, Big Money, Big People 3
2 Dietary Mayhem: What We Eat, Why We Eat, and the Impact 21
3 Spreading the American Gospel: On the Way to an Obese World 53
Part 2 The Toxic Environment
4 Exercise Mayhem: Unendangering Physical Activity 69
5 Television, Movies, Celebrities, and the Seduction of Children 97
6 Junk Food 101: Schools, Commercialism, and Unhealthy Eating 129
7 Soft Drinks 102: Schools and Unhealthy Beverages 161
8 Portions the Size of Cleveland 179
9 The Inexorable Economic March to Obesity 199
Part 3 Changing Things
10 The Food Industry and a National Nutrition Crisis: Trustworthy Ally or Troublesome Adversary? 243
11 Taking Decisive Action 283
Summary of Recommended Actions 309
Notes 315
Index 345
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  • Posted March 22, 2010

    Review of Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Insustry, America's Obesity Crisis & What We Can Do About It

    Kelly D. Brownell, Ph. D and Katherine Battle Horgen, Ph. D. did a wonderful job identifying the obesity crisis in America. I like how the authors did not blame the obesity issues in America solely on the food industry. Brownell and Horgen identified all the forces that contributed to the rise in overweight people in America. The book was divided into three sections which contributed to the authors' argument and the readers understanding. The authors also made sure that their readers would be able to understand their argument and also stay interested in their argument. After reading Food Fight I have decided to stay away from fast food. I would recommend this book to everyone I know.

    "Marquita Williams, OSU Comp Student 2010."

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