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Fri Jan 24 02:36:35 MST 2003
> BMJ 2003;326:229 ( 25 January )
> Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in
> Greg Critser
> Houghton Mifflin, $24, pp 232
> ISBN 0 618 16472 3
> Fred Charatan, retired geriatric physician.
> James O Hill, a physiologist at the University of
> Center, once said that becoming obese was "a normal
response to the
> environment." Greg Critser, a reduced fatso himself,
sets out to
> claim. Using many of the findings about obesity in
America that have
> in the media in the last few years, he begins by
asking, "What has
> the environment to allow the inclination toward
> express itself?"
> Critser faults Earl Butz, US secretary of
agriculture under President
> Nixon, who in the 1970s delivered everything that
the modern American
> had wantedplenty of cheap, abundant, and tasty
> vastly increasing corn production, thereby boosting
> fructose corn syrup used in sweetening cola drinks.
> transformed cheap imports of palm oil, called by its
> into a viable commercial fat, one fit for everything
> making margarine to baking cookies and bread and
pies. Food prices
> and fast food purveyors seeking higher profits
> "super-sizing" of portions ("value meals")12 ounce
Cokes, the Big
> jumbo fries. Consumers were easily seduced into
buying more for less.
> Full text
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