Fat Politics

ebook The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic

By J. Eric Oliver

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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 millionAmericans 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 anyhealthier. Our concern with obesity is fueled more by social prejudice, bureaucratic politics, and industry profit than by scientific fact...

Fat Politics