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Food Fight: The Inside Story of The Food Industry, America's Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do About It Paperback – September 16, 2004

ISBN-13: 063-9785390770 ISBN-10: 0071438726 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071438726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071438728
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Food Fight is... an important contribution to the discourse around the obesity epidemic. I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to learn more about the role of the food industry, and especially to public health advocates looking for clearly presented research and ideas for positive change."

About the Author

Kelly D. Brownell, Ph.D., is one of the nation's best-known experts on nutrition and weight disorders. He is a psychology professor at Yale University and the director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders. He regularly appears in the media as an expert on obesity, nutrition, and eating disorders.

Katherine Battle Horgen, Ph.D. , is on the staff at the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders.

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By takingadayoff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2005
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After reading the first few chapters of Food Fight, I thought "same old stuff." Americans are too fat, eat a poor diet, don't get enough exercise, what else is new.

After a few more chapters, I became overwhelmed with the magnitude of the problem. The fast food companies and agribusiness corporations are too powerful, health care organizations are not really interested in solving the problem, and even the schools are inundated with Channel One advertising and contracts from soft drink companies. How on earth can we even begin to address this problem? Is there any hope?

Then Brownell gets into solutions. Of course the individual needs to take responsibility and eat less, eat better, and exercise more. But communities need to demand changes, such as limits on what kind of advertising the kids see while they are in school, classes (for kids and adults) on nutrition and exercise, neighborhood walking and bicycle paths in safe places. And governments should be involved as well, providing national ad spots about health and fitness, perhaps using the anti-tobacco campaigns as a guideline.

Brownell discusses the solutions in the last part of the book, then ends with a handy summary of recommended actions. What starts as a rather depressing book turns out to be a positive, optimistic look at what we can do at different levels to tackle a growing problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Young on July 18, 2014
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Food Fight is about the inside story of the food industry, America's Obesity Crisis, and what we can do about it. It is a very interesting read. But it does take a while to get through. Or it did for me. It's not a book you are just going to sit down and read from cover to cover. It's one you are going to read a little at a time as it is a very long, fact filled book.

If you have ever wondered how the food industry markets their products, you will find this very interesting. Food Fight gets into the studies that have been done and the processes the food industry goes through to attracts its target audience. Mostly this book focuses on children as the target audience. Both through tv and product packaging. Food Fight also shows what can be done to put a halt to children being the target of unhealthy foods as well as what can be done to get healthier foods into the schools.

This is a very good book. It would be very good for someone to read who is in a place of power to be able to implement the actions that are talked about in this book. Just be prepared for a long read. Because this book really is. But I did find it to be very informative. And it gave me lots of ideas on food health that I can practice in my own home.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa W. on February 2, 2010
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This book is more about the "Duh", and less about the interesting insight as to WHAT is in our food, which is what I was hoping to learn about. I wanted to know the "inside story of the food industry" - essentially, what exactly is in the food, how is it processed, what are its effects, etc. etc.

If you've seen the movie "Food, Inc.", that is more of what I wanted. I suppose I should buy the book that goes along with that movie. =)

This book was basically a regurgitation of the obvious state of the country...and a long one. Yes - people are fat b/c they eat too much and don't exercise at all anymore. It is heavily focused on obesity in children, which makes sense, because that is where it seems to start these days.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Xiaan on July 6, 2008
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This is more of a practical manual on how to get some change done than a page turner meant for entertainment. I laud the authors for this, but for those of us who don't have time to get out and become community organizers, I think other books offer the same expose.
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6 of 23 people found the following review helpful By jackbauer on June 1, 2008
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There's some very good research revealed in this book however the authors ignore (or simply don't know) the true to the culprit of obesity.... processed carbohydrates. They are right on track with corporate America's involvement with our obesity epidemic however they believe fat and calories play a role in body fat...they don't. I lost 70lbs in 3 months consuming 4000-5000 calories a day, 400 fat grams per day. I simply avoided man altered carbs (not natural carbs).
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