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Finding Your %
Feed Your Head
by Marion Nestle
Marion Nestle (Nutrition chair at New York University and editor
of the 1988 Surgeon General Report) Food Politics shows in absorbingly details how the food industry--through lobbying, advertising, and the co-opting of experts--influences our dietary choices to our detriment.
Central to her argument is the American "paradox of plenty," the recognition that our food abundance (we've enough calories to meet every citizen's needs twice over) leads profit-fixated food producers to do everything possible to broaden their market portion, thus swaying us to eat more when we should do the opposite.
The result is compromised health: epidemic obesity to start, and
increased vulnerability to heart and lung disease, cancer, and
stroke--reversible if the constantly suppressed "eat less, move more" message that most nutritionists shout could be heard.
by Eric Schlosser
Amazon.com's Best of 2001
On any given day, one out of four Americans opts for a quick
and cheap meal at a fast-food restaurant, without giving either
its speed or its thriftiness a second thought. Fast food is so
ubiquitous that it now seems as American, and harmless, as apple
pie. But the industry's drive for consolidation, homogenization,
and speed has radically transformed America's diet, landscape,
economy, and workforce, often in insidiously destructive ways.
Eric Schlosser, an award-winning journalist, opens his ambitious
and ultimately devastating exposé with an introduction
to the iconoclasts and high school dropouts, such as Harlan Sanders
and the McDonald brothers, who first applied the principles of
a factory assembly line to a commercial kitchen. Quickly, however,
he moves behind the counter with the overworked and underpaid
teenage workers, onto the factory farms where the potatoes and
beef are grown, and into the slaughterhouses run by giant meatpacking
Schlosser wants you to know why those French fries taste so
good (with a visit to the world's largest flavor company) and "what
really lurks between those sesame-seed buns."
Land : How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World
by Greg Critser
In this astonishing expose, journalist Greg Critser looks
beyond the sensational headlines to reveal why nearly 60 percent
of Americans are now overweight. Critser's sharp-eyed reportage
and sharp-tongued analysis make for a disarmingly funny and
truly alarming book.
Critser investigates the many factors of American life -- from
supersize to Super Mario, from high-fructose corn syrup to the
high cost of physical education in schools -- that have converged
and conspired to make us some of the fattest people on the planet.
He also explains why pediatricians are treating conditions rarely
before noticed in children, why Type 2 diabetes is on the rise,
and how agribusiness has unwittingly altered the American diet.
Size Me - DVD
What would happen if you ate nothing but fast food for an
entire month? Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock does just that and
embarks on the most perilous journey of his life. The rules?
For 30 days he can't eat or drink anything that isn't on McDonald's
menu; he must wolf three squares a day; he must consume everything
on the menu at least once and supersize his meal if asked.
Spurlock treks across the country interviewing a host of experts
on fast food and an equal number of regular folk while chowing
down at the Golden Arches.
Spurlock's grueling drive-through diet spirals him into a physical
and emotional metamorphosis that will make you think twice about
picking up another Big Mac.
Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America
by Morgan Spurlock
From Publishers Weekly
Fact-packed and funny, this offshoot of Spurlock's Oscar-nominated
documentary Super Size Me serves both as a substitute
for and addition to the movie. Spurlock spent a month not exercising
and eating nothing but food from McDonald's, filming his declining
health and ballooning size. It was a terrific premise for a movie;
the book provides even more of its backstory and outtakes.
Spurlock describes America's obesity epidemic, its relation
to the fast food industry, the industry's cozy relations to U.S.
government agencies and how the problem is spreading worldwide.
He details the long-term and often fatal (albeit well-known)
health hazards of the high-fat, high-sugar, factory-farmed fast
food diet combined with the sedentary lifestyle prevalent among
The statistics, while grim, aren't as compelling as Spurlock's
often humorous descriptions of his own gradual disintegration
into exhaustion, mood swings, liver deterioration and high blood
pressure as his month progresses. Spurlock's wisecracks make
the statistic-laden information easily digestible and possibly
useful as a classroom text.
He includes inspiring examples of schools that provide healthy,
local (even student-grown) food in their cafeterias, and offers
lists of resources for parents and educators wanting to make
changes in their own communities. Spurlock is surprisingly optimistic
about the future, and his book is a powerful tool in his rip-roaring
campaign to turn around America's love-hate relationship with
fast food. Agent, Elyse Cheney Literary. (May 19)