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Food Fight: the Inside Story of the Food Industry, America’s Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do About It

BOOK REVIEW

Food Fight: the Inside Story of the Food Industry, America’s Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do About It
by Kelly D Brownell and Katherine Battle Horgen, 2003, 352 pages, hardcover, $24.95. McGraw-Hill, Columbus, OH.
June Stevens
Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology
University of North Carolina
School of Public Health, CB 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
june_stevens@unc.edu

Obesity now rivals smoking in terms of health care costs and adverse effects on health and well-being, and the rapid rise in the prevalence of obesity over the past 2 decades shows no signs of leveling off. The current and future consequences of the obesity epidemic for national health make Food Fight a very timely book. Brownell and Horgen challenge the reader to reexamine the toxic environment in which we live and take note of many of the ways in which we, as a nation, have allowed this environment to encourage overeating and inactivity.

Link: http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/80/1/239-a