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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.

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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.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Whether you eat fast food or not, it is likely you still purchase your foods from the supermarket. For everyone who eats, ‘Fat Land’ is a must-read.

Greg Critser uncovers not just the fast food industry but the slaughterhouse and meat packing industries, the soda industry, frozen foods, corporatized farming, and how these factors ‘weigh in’ at supermarkets and in school lunches. Beginning in the early ‘s with Secretary Of Agriculture Earl Butz, following through with the infiltration of High Fructose Corn Syrup into all our foods, and rounding off with explosion of fast food and fad diets, Critser doesn’t miss a beat in this condensed but highly informative look at the food we eat and why its making us FAT!


If you read just one book on food, ‘Fat Land’ should be that book. Upon finishing, you may find yourself hungry for more knowledge.

One of the most powerful statements in the book is from page where Critser writes, “A culture that condones obesity, whether consciously or unconsciously, undermines crigser attempts to convince people to pare down. Although Critser picks on the golden arches after all, they are a major player in the food changes our country has madehe doesn’t fwt his findings solely to them.

High Fructose Corn Syrup and the “metabolic shunting” way our bodies digest it is a key factor in weight gain. Eating too much, eating the wrong foods, and receiving incorrect guidelines, along with a more sedentary lifestyle, are all contributors.

Critser says of Television, “TV is an ‘inactivity bubble’ with billion dollar cues to eat. The biology is explained in layman’s terms, easy to understand and highly informative.

While the book is slim pagesit has an extensive section of notes including bibliography and an index, along with some statistical charts and graphs. Eisnitz’s ‘Slaughterhouse’, ‘Fat Land’ is a complete look at an industry we take for granted This is a book that everyone from the person struggling with obesity to policy makers should read and everyone in between. From your health professionals to your local school board members.

This book puts many of the pressures of american society into perspective and shows how many of them have been detrimental to our health. He covers how school districts faced with severe issues of budgetary shortfalls make exclusivity contracts with Pepsi or Coke and many other corporations to distribute their products inside the schools.

He covers the history and how some well intentioned decisions at the national level have adversely affected our society so much that it has created a culture of creating fat people. He debunks the myth that minorities like their women “fat”.

The book is not that thick and surprisingly a good quarter of the book is the bibliography documenting all his facts and figures. He’s done a surprising amount of research and more importantly he’s figured how it all interrelates.

This is not a book about a single study, this is a book that puts all the studies into perspective and gives us both hope and fear for the future. I think this is a book that our politicians and parents AND everyone should read. It’s important and more importantly it shows how we can take steps to alleviate this alarming trend in American society.

This book is not a diet book, its a sociology book fxt anything, but it can help many people struggling to lose weight. While many cumulative factors inducing the ever increasing girth of Americans are noted, the introduction of High Fructose Corn syrup and it’s use in nearly every food “made” now is quite compelling.


Hopefully this expose with result in some meaningful public health awareness and policy. The authors swipe at a low carbohydrate diet Atkins is ill thought lad, and somewhat interesting as one facet of an Atkin’s diet is the exclusion of High Fructose corn syrup. While no single factor can explain the prevalence of obesity in America, the infiltration of the food supply by High Fructose Corn syrup is an impressive single suspect.

Read your content labels and be mortified! It’s the surgeon general’s time to act. This is an important yreg. We hear that obesity is a choice- both from those who want to demonize obesity and from those who claim to be “fat activists”. It is important to understand which special interests and politics rat behind our food choices. We aren’t making our food choices as freely as we believe we are.

One person found this helpful. As a child i was always overweight, but not obese. I lost the weight and became an athlete by the time i left high school, as a result i have been a student of nutrition ever since.

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

I have always had a sweet tooth and after reading about some of the studies mentioned in this book i decided to try giving up on corn syrup. Since i started this experiment 9 months ago, i am 5 pounds below my normal weight and enjoying and eating more than ever.

By simply following many of the principles in this book about avoiding corn syrup and fructose, i have been able to get back to the same weight i competed at and without starvation. Hopefully america will finally come around and realize the evils of high fructose corn syrup, this book is a start in the right direction.

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