The Fat of the Land: The Obesity Epidemic and how Overweight Americans Can Help Themselves

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Viking, 1997 - Medical - 330 pages
"What's the truth about being overweight? In the first book based on a systematic review of thousands of scientific studies and interviews with dozens of health experts, author Michael Fumento takes a lively scalpel to a major social and medical problem and the misinformation in which it is steeped. He decided to use his experience as a medical journalist and researcher to learn about fat and weight loss." "Along the way he also found that the tens of billions of dollars that the diet and health industries reap annually from "treating" the obese result in many products, programs, and books that are often far worse than useless. Determined to share the information that transformed his life, he explodes such popular myths as the "setpoint theory" and the "low-metabolism" excuse as well as "fat acceptance" rhetoric. He devastates the billion-dollar low-fat-food fib, showing how the latest nonfat and low-fat food creations actually contribute to making us fatter. He offers solid advice to dieters and provides concrete solutions to the dieting dilemma, all the while exploring the roles of alcohol, television, serving sizes, the sugar industry, and food as entertainment in fostering obesity."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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``The very act of living in the United States puts you at great risk for obesity,'' warns science writer Fumento in this harangue with a clear message: The fault, dear fatties, lies in overconsumption ... Read full review

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Despite a $39 billion diet industry and the proliferation of "fat free, sugar-free, guilt-free" foods, Americans are fatter than ever and fatter than anyone else in the world. Fumento, a medical ... Read full review


The Perils of Poundage
One Nation Overweight
The LowFat Myth

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About the author (1997)

Michael Fumento is a medical journalist and author of the controversial The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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