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on July 18, 2014
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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on February 9, 2004
Dr. Kelly Brownell has spent much of his career fighting the food industry's attempts to make us all fat. He brings a crusader's passion and a scientist's accuracy and thoroughness to "Food Fight". He and co-author Katherine Horgen see obesity as a public health crisis like smoking or drunk driving. They take the social movement against smoking as a model and call on us all to get involved, for our own sake and our children's.
This book is extremely well-referenced, drawing on scientific articles, popular journalism and books like Fast Food Nation. Brownell and Horgen reveal the huge scope of America's problem with weight and tell how the problem is spreading all over the world. They show how the food industry has penetrated schools, government agencies, and entertainment media to market sugary, fatty foods to adults and children.
Brownell is especially concerned about children, who lack the power to defend themselves against food advertising and easily available sweets. He demolishes the "personal responsibility" argument used by the calorie pushers. How can children be expected to say "no" to food that tastes good, is readily available in their schools and communities, is recommended by their favorite media characters or sports stars, and which nobody is warning them against?
The authors give dozens of suggestions for social changes that could increase physical activity (ex. bike paths), reduce soft drink consumption (ex a small tax that would go to fund nutrition education and provision of healthy school lunches), and make healthy food more available (a problem for a very large number of people in America.) They also have lots of good suggestions for political activism.
What "Food Fight" does not include is strategies for individuals and families to protect themselves and live healthier lives. That's not what the book is about - it's about the politics of food, and how we can change the environment so that healthy living becomes easier.
The writing style is clear, although not especially entertaining. But there is some humor, such as a subheading on the huge size of restaurant portions: "Nelson, party of four: your muffin is ready."
Food Fight is a political manifesto by a crusader who has already been attacked repeatedly by the food industry. He makes a strong case, one I will use in my upcoming book, "The Politics of Diabetes." I encourage readers to support Dr. Brownell and Horgen's cause.
David Spero RN, author of The Art of Getting Well: Maximizing Health When You Have a Chronic Illness (Hunter House 2002) [...]
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on February 17, 2015
Excellent. Academically of a very high standard. Compulsive reading.
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on September 2, 2003
A very good book: easy to read, cogent and worth reading, but not as good as Marion Nestle's "Food Politics" which is more incisive, detailed and analytical.

The simple fact is that the community's health is not compatible with capitalistic food industries with one goal: getting us to consume more of their ( highly processed/ high calorie/ high profit) products regardless of their inevitalble effect on our wellbeing and WAISTLINES.

The food industries' products are far less easy to demonise than tobacco- and tackling that was hard enough ( one quarter of the population still smokes even though everone has know for 30 years how devastating it is!).

Taking on Big Food is going to be almost mpossible because of their enormous political and ecomomic influence and because food is not inherently dangerous unless eaten inappropriately- which inevitably it WILL BE with Big Food spending billions on advertising and marketing.

CSPI seems to be the only lobby group I know that is trying to stop the insanity. Governments- its time to act!

Over here in australia you need to be a rocket scientist to even work out from the label how much calories are in the food. The best suggestion I ever heard was from a Canadian doctor who said the number of Calories should be put in big red letters on the front of all products.

On personal level on knowing about what to really eat, I highly recommend Walter Willett's book "Eat drink and be heatlhy". It will be a life changer for you!
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on February 2, 2010
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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on July 6, 2008
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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on July 4, 2015
If only more people were concerned with what we are putting in our bodies and who is in control of it!
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on June 21, 2016
As expected
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