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

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

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

In this astonishing expose, journalist Greg Critser looks beyond the sensational headlines to reveal why nearly 60 percent of Americans are now overweight. Critser's sharp-eyed reportage and sharp-tongued analysis make for a disarmingly funny and truly alarming book. 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. He also explains why pediatricians are treating conditions rarely before noticed in children, why Type 2 diabetes is on the rise, and how agribusiness has unwittingly altered the American diet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618380602
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/05/2004
Series: Edition 001 Series
Edition description: First Mariner Books Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 651,521
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

GREG CRITSER is a longtime chronicler of the modern pharmaceutical industry and the politics of medicine. His columns and essays on the subject have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, and elsewhere. Critser is the author of Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World (Houghton Mifflin), which the American Diabetes Association called “the definitive journalistic account of the modern obesity epidemic.” He lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Antoinette Mongelli.

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Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Bizz1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fat Land was an exceptional book giving us the detailed reasons why america is the obese and sick nation that it is today. Apparently we need the wake up call to become realistic to what choices we are making for both or futures and to our children. Unfortunaltely only we can decide to take what this book has said to heart and change things beginning now
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fat Land is everything a good piece of non-fiction should be: Thoroughly researched, tightly written, pointed yet compassionate and-here's the bonus-executed with a wonderful sense of humor. Even those not interested in America's fat epidemic will not be able to put this book down. As one friend observed, "You'll lose ten pounds just by reading it!"
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi im 11 and i weigh 342 pounds. This book made me feel offended im not sure yall sound buy it
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mike-v More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was exciting since it's less than 200 pages, which is about equal to my interest in the topic. Turns out to be 176 pages that feel like 1760 pages. Reading this book is a lot like reading a report in a medical journal. It was dry, stuffy, long, and boring. Recommended only for people who are VERY into this topic; I was disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I have recently started to make an effort to become a fit person. This book went beyond the obvious to point out why america is so overweight. The book looks at the psyche, legislation, and even religion as to why americans feel it is ok to be so large.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Fat Land from beginning to end. It is a book jammed with outstanding journalism, wise and humorous asides, and compassion for those who suffer from obesity, one of the nation's top health problems. Too bad some people cannot seperate their own thin skins from a fine account of an important health issue for us all.
KatelynKG More than 1 year ago
loved this book!!! used it multiple times for research papers and definitely a must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very detailed about obesity in America but also very boring. This book constantly repeats itself and becomes a real bore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh,thats so sad. The mother is feeding the baby fat food. DONT EAT IT BABY!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Critser focuses on the 'obestiy epidemic' but dismisses concerns about anorexia and other eating disorders. In addition, he says that 'there are several safe, effective drugs in the anti-anorexia arsenal'. This statement is untrue. There are no medications specific to anorexia. Anorexia often starts out as appropriate dieting and studies have shown that, despite what Critser says implying anorexia is no big deal, huge percentages of children in elementary school think they are fat when they are not. Most of them are girls. The obesity epidemic in kids has to be approached from a child development point of view. I think the book is too full of liberal biases about Republicans as well.