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The Fattening of America: How The Economy Makes Us Fat, If It Matters, and What To Do About It

5 Ratings: 3.4
A book by Eric A. Finkelstein

Everyone knows Americans are growing fatter, but health economist Finkelstein crunches the economic figures behind the nation's obesity epidemic and the results aren't pretty. Along with health-care writer Zuckerman, researcher Finkelstein delves into … see full wiki

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Author: Eric A. Finkelstein
Publisher: Wiley
5 reviews about The Fattening of America: How The Economy...
review by . April 18, 2009
[...]    By Kelly Jad'on  From Basil & Spice    The Fattening of America: How the Economy Makes Us Fat, if it Matters, and What to do About It by Eric A. Finkelstein and Laurie Zuckerman    Would you like to view the calorie count on a menu before you order? Or would you rather not, and just continue to ignorantly indulge yourself and your kids? This new idea is popping up around the country, New York and Washington for starters, …
review by . May 14, 2008
I have been slogging through this book for 6 months. It isn't scintillating reading, but it contains fascinating (and useful) information about why we (as a country) are fat and what we could do about it.    This book doesn't offer a quick answer to why we (as a society) are fat and how we can lower the incidence of obesity in America--and I appreciate that, because there IS no quick answer. The answer, as Dr. Finkelstein explains, is complex and far-reaching. It involves everything …
review by . March 26, 2008
'The Fattening of America: How The Economy Makes Us Fat, If It Matters, and What To Do About It' is a book about how Americans eating habits have changed over the years. There is much research here but the bottom line is U.S. (world) citizens are able to eat cheaper and crappier and you can thank the corporations who only care about the bottom line for this decrease in health and increase in unhealthy eating.    With the scientific creation of the "Frankensugar" High Fructose …
review by . December 05, 2007
While The Omnivore's Dilemma probably beats this one on the subject of economics and agribusiness, and Something from the Oven would be the winner just in the area of the history of convenience foods (if you are prepared to imagine such a contest), The Fattening of America is the most engaging, convincing, and thorough book on the changes in American food production that have led to the changes in the American physique.  The first half of the book explains how we have increased the cost …
review by . December 04, 2007
It's wonderfully ironic that most books about diet end  up containing a lot of fat and very little muscle. I   suspect that the core of the problem is that most ideas  about how we should eat are fairly simple and at best  suited to magazine-length treatment. When the author sets  out to write-and be paid for-a book, there's not much to   do but slather more blubber on the bones.  The Fattening of America is not a diet book. It's …
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