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.
Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology
University of North Carolina
School of Public Health, CB 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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.