Fat Politics : The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic: The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic

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Oxford University Press, USA, Nov 15, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 240 pages
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Our government is telling us that obesity is a major health crisis, that sixty percent of Americans are "overweight," and that one in four is obese. But how true are these claims? In Fat Politics, Eric Oliver unearths the real story behind America's "obesity epidemic." Oliver shows how a handful of doctors, government bureaucrats, and health researchers, with financial backing from the drug and weight-loss industry, have campaigned to misclassify more than sixty million Americans as "overweight," to inflate the health risks of being fat, and to promote the idea that obesity is a killer disease. In reviewing the scientific evidence, Oliver shows there is little proof either that obesity causes so many diseases and deaths or that losing weight makes people any healthier. Our concern with obesity is fueled more by social prejudice, bureaucratic politics, and industry profit than by scientific fact. Such misinformation, Oliver argues, is the true problem with obesity in America. By telling us we need to be thin, the proponents of the "obesity epidemic" are pushing millions of Americans towards dangerous surgeries, crash diets, and harmful diet drugs. Oliver goes on to examine the surprising reasons why we hate fatness and why we are gaining weight, and also the real threats to our health that are being displaced by our fat obsession. Fat Politics not only topples our most basic assumptions about obesity and health, it highlights frightening dangers caused by making our weight a scapegoat for our real problems.
 

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Review: Fat Politics: The Real Story Behind America's Obesity Epidemic

User Review  - Kim - Goodreads

I thought a look at the "obesity epidemic" from a policy standpoint would be interesting, and it was, but the author's fat bias and health bias became too much after the first three chapters. Read full review

Review: Fat Politics: The Real Story Behind America's Obesity Epidemic

User Review  - Goodreads

I thought a look at the "obesity epidemic" from a policy standpoint would be interesting, and it was, but the author's fat bias and health bias became too much after the first three chapters. Read full review

Contents

IntroductionA Big Fat Problem
1
What Is Fat?
14
How Obesity Became an Epidemic Disease
36
Why We Hate Fat People
60
Women Fat and the Sexual Market
79
Fat Genes and the Obesity Blame Game
100
Food and Weight Gain Super Sized Misperceptions
122
Sloth Capitalism and the Paradox of Freedom
143
Obesity Policy The Fix Is In
159
Unmaking the Obesity Epidemic
181
Notes
191
Index
220
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