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

Food Fight : The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America's Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do About It
Food Fight The Inside Story of the Food Industry America's Obesity Crisis and What We Can Do About It
Author: Kelly D. Brownell, Katherine Battle Horgen
ISBN-13: 9780071402507
ISBN-10: 0071402500
Publication Date: 8/7/2003
Pages: 352
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Book Type: Hardcover
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Anyway concerned about obesity should read this book. We are a brainwashed America. Our minds have been trained by clever jingles written by commerical writers who tout unhealthy foods to the tune of corporate millions! This is informative, hands-on, do-something-about-it, compelling an approach to reverse the obesity epidemic now gripping our nation. Food is a drug, not a hobby, as the clever jingles, catch-phrases, and marketing commerical appeal would have you to believe.
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The war against obesity must go beyond personal responsibility and will power to encompass a Gandhian mass movement against a food industry and a social order intent on fattening us, argues this fact-filled but ferocious manifesto. The authors, academics with the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, contend that our abundant, super-sized meals and our modern, sedentary lifestyles have formed a "toxic environment" that indulges our genetic fat-storage proclivities to a pathological degree. The result is an "epidemic" of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and low self-esteem. Brownell and Horgen blame these side effects on a car-centric culture that has virtually criminalized walking (27% of adult Americans, they report, get "no physical activity at all") while parking kids in front of television, video games and computers and eliminating gym classes from cash-strapped schools. But the worst villain of the book is the politically powerful food industry, which, the authors say, plies us with cheap fat and sugar while keeping healthier foods scarce and expensive, bribes schools to sell children soft drinks, and bombards children with junk-food ads from the moment they leave the womb. The authors recast the usual diet-and-exercise discourse in the rhetoric of social justice, calling for a grass-roots mobilization to fight Big Food, a "national strategic plan," and specific measures like junk-food taxes and banning ads that target children. Libertarians may consider this the worst kind of victimology. But 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.
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