Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic
Oxford University Press, 15.11.2005 - 240 Seiten
It seems almost daily we read newspaper articles and watch news reports exposing the growing epidemic of obesity in America. Our government tells us we are experiencing a major health crisis, with sixty percent of Americans classified as overweight, and one in four as obese. But how valid are these claims? In Fat Politics, J. Eric Oliver shows how a handful of doctors, government bureaucrats, and health researchers, with financial backing from the drug and weight-loss industries, have campaigned to create standards that mislead the public. They mislabel more than sixty million Americans as "overweight," inflate the health risks of being fat, and promote the idea that obesity is a killer disease. In reviewing the scientific evidence, Oliver shows there is little proof that obesity causes so much disease and death or that losing weight is what makes people healthier. Our concern with obesity, he writes, is fueled more by social prejudice, bureaucratic politics, and industry profit than by scientific fact. Misinformation pushes millions of Americans towards dangerous surgeries, crash diets, and harmful diet drugs, while we ignore other, more real health problems. Oliver goes on to examine why it is that Americans despise fatness and explores why, despite this revulsion, we continue to gain weight. Fat Politics will topple your most basic assumptions about obesity and health. It is essential reading for anyone with a stake in the nation's--or their own--good health.
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Once again, I was fortunate, and I came into contact with many generous activists including Jennifer Portnick, Marilyn Wann, and, most important, Lynn McAfee, a long-time fat activist and perpetual thorn in the side of the obesity ...
And our fatness does carry some genuine health consequences—being very heavy puts more stress on one's joints and makes it harder to exercise, which is very important for one's health. Then there is all the information we get in the ...
Scientists repeatedly cited them as a justification for further research funding to address this important problem. Newspaper headlines across the country trumpeted how obesity would soon overtake smoking as the number one cause of ...
The most important of these is America's public health establishment. Over the past two decades, a handful of scientists, doctors, and health officials have actively campaigned to define our growing weight as an “obesity epidemic.
Once again, however, focusing on driving and television in order to make Americans thinner misses the real, and important, health issue. For the problem with both our unhealthy diet and inactivity goes beyond how much junk food we eat, ...
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It's not obesity, but the panic over obesity, that's the real health problem, argues this scintillating contrarian study of the evergreen subject of American gluttony and sloth. Political scientist ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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Diet and exercise are much better indicators of health than weight alone. Vollständige Rezension lesen
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