The Fattening of America

It started out as such a promising book, but I ended up disappointed by the shoddy overall impression; the mixup over how long the Iraq war had been going on, poor date editing, etc. Basic premise is that an obesity researcher applies economic models to the fat epidemic, we’re getting fat b/c food is cheaper (and healthy food is expensive while McDonalds is cheap) and we’re obligated to sit on our arses for 40 hours a week as part of our jobs, and drive everywhere. Goal is 10k steps per day, and most of us don’t reach half that.
Obesity drug named Alli being tested. Take another pill, forget the idea of eating better and exercising. And in today’s news, apparently we don’t need to drink those 8 glasses of water a day anymore.
Interesting idea about abolishing the price controls on corn, soybeans, in order to give other fruits/veggies a fighting chance, price-wise.


auth=Finkelstein, Eric and Laurie Zuckerman
pub=2008
sub=How The Economy Makes Us Fat, If It Matters, and What To Do About It
isbn=0470124660