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

J. Eric Oliver

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

Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic By J. Eric Oliver Fat Politics The Real Story behind America s Obesity Epidemic 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 Ol

  • Title: Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic
  • Author: J. Eric Oliver
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  • Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic By J. Eric Oliver 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 baOur 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 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 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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    1. Angela on said:

      In Fat Politics Oliver sets out to prove what a few moments of reflection should make fairly obvious body fat is, for the most part, a symptom of many of the same things that cause disease rather than a cause of disease in itself He makes a persuasive case that being active and fat is much healthier than being sedentary and thin, and that our attempts to target only our weights are unhelpful and occasionally harmful to our health The figures backing up fat stigma being worse on women white women [...]

    2. Stefani on said:

      I was first interested in reading this book when it was referenced in a podcast I listen to I remember listening to the author talk about the flimsy evidence of the medical consequences of obesity and my jaw dropped What do you mean the evidence is flimsy The entire United States, and much of the western world, takes these evidences as absolute fact, and I know my doctor preaches to me about them all the time So, it must be fact or it wouldn t be touted as such.right Then I happened to remember [...]

    3. Sheryl Tribble on said:

      Initially a great summary of a lot of stuff I d already figured out Basically, sedentary skinnies who eat a lot of junk food are less healthy than active fatties who eat a healthy diet, plus many weight loss approaches are unhealthy, therefore focusing on the weight instead of exercise and eating habits is not going to lead to a healthier population But one point he makes that I hadn t really thought about is that the national weight rise is likely linked to the fact that women are working, so [...]

    4. Anne on said:

      I liked it, although it s a bit dry Oliver delivers a mostly clearly reasoned argument which has provoked some thoughtful discussion in our household Oliver argues that obesity is misclassified as a disease and excess weight is wrongly blamed for many of the health issues, such as diabetes, which are on the rise in much of the industrialized world Instead he asserts that what we eat and our activity levels are the underlying causes of health problems but that there is little or no evidence which [...]

    5. Gina on said:

      I very much enjoyed Oliver s interview in the documentary Fat Head, so I sought out this book I found it very well researched and written in a fairly entertaining style, which made it easy to read in spite of the fact that every page is densely packed with text But I left this book feeling there was no real reason for it to be written Oliver s premise all the way through is, essentially we can t change biology, we can t change this thing or that thing about how society has evolved, it won t help [...]

    6. elise on said:

      I am not a person who struggles with my weight but I found this book to be facinating this book reminds of when people say there was a conspiracy for 9 11, the government planned it I typically don t believe that stuff But, when I read this book, I wonder It talks about the old measurments that are still being used today to designate if someone is over weight And, the people that set guidlines for these things are all people that are connected to phamecudical sorry can t spell companies These ar [...]

    7. Jenny on said:

      I m interested in the politics of food, so I picked this up since it came up during a search for the Omnivore s Dilemma at the library While I m not sure that I agree with Mr Oliver s arguments, he does make some interesting ones, esp the premise of why WASPs are opposed to being fat than other cultures I did not buy this argument as it seemed too limited in it s research in case you didn t notice, Asians are also opposed to being fat in any case the book was well written which is why I am reco [...]

    8. Paul Ivanov on said:

      very eye opening epidemic created overnight without the country gaining a pound, just by changing the legal definition of obese from one arbitrary Body Mass Index, to a lower one.I recommended it to a friend, and she had this to say Just finished Fat Politics yesterday, and I really enjoyed it It s certainly not perfect there were many times when I would read his conclusions from research studies and just shake my head But there s a lot of good stuff in there, and I especially liked the history [...]

    9. Alex on said:

      This is a good examination of the so called obesity epidemic in this country A few facts that underscore the thesis there is no established causal link between fat and the leading killers in this country, and yet the conflation is often present in discourse More likely health is rooted in what you eat, not what you weigh Exercise is crucial in overall health but not terribly efficient for weight loss And regulating the free market is challenging In short, the author advocates shifting the focus [...]

    10. Tara Brabazon on said:

      Fat Politics is tremendous and courageous It offers a well written argument about the obesity epidemic Instead, obesity becomes a proxy that stops policy makers addressing issues with work, leisure, stress, health and automobility It is easier to pop a diet pill than to think about the problems resulting from unlimited choices, and to celebrate an aspiration to be free rather than healthy The book provides a sustained argument It is well referenced and the case is effectively made.

    11. Karen on said:

      I read this on the Kindle edition Part of me is glad I didn t spend extra for a dead tree version, part is frustrated because I still find Kindle editions difficult to go back and browse for information I still find it easier to flip pages than click through My clippings file doesn t necessarily make it easier to find what I seek either When I ve sorted out my opinion on this book, I ll write .

    12. Jen Helfand on said:

      Generally pretty good Could have gone to some richer places connecting body politics and the social construction of the obesity epidemic to other forms of social control Racism, ableism queer ness did not find home here No anti capitalist solutions either which to me seemed like an obvious jump based on what he presents I liked the bit about white cis women and body politics He s definitely accurate there.

    13. Dan Spradlin on said:

      This book had some good bits here and there, but the premise that being fat isn t the cause of much of the heart disease, type 2 diabetes, etc is dumb I think its obvious that the fatness isn t what kills you Its the not how much we eat, but what we eat and our lack of exercise 2 stars only for some good research points.

    14. Rebecca Cluff on said:

      This book was sometimes hard to get through read a little like a textbook , but the information and his research notes were very interesting It certainly caused me to question many of the ideas that I had believed previously I felt his conclusion was slightly lacking, but still a book I would recommend.

    15. M on said:

      There are some points made in this book that I d argue with or think may be misinterpretations of the literature, but understanding the primary point of this book that BMI was not developed as a scientifically supported index of health is important Weight is not always synonymous with health and fitness.

    16. Chris on said:

      Love this book I m still not sure I buy the premise, but Oliver s a good writer and a fantastic researcher Anyone interested in health policy should read this book OK that sounds boring, but the book is not Read it.

    17. Christine Bozlak on said:

      It gives another perspective on the obesity epidemic I don t agree with everything the author states, but it s interesting, nonetheless Good for public health professionals interested in chronic disease prevention.

    18. Catherine on said:

      Excellent I couldn t put the book down I encourage anyone to read this book It will change your outlook regarding the diet and medical industries.

    19. Jen on said:

      A v good book on America s obsession with thinness and understanding that you can be fit and NOT thin and being fit is far important to overall health.

    20. Lachelle on said:

      I read a chapter out of this book for my Politics of Public Affairs class It was pretty interesting Perhaps I can handle the whole book

    21. Kim on said:

      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.

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