The Fat of the Land:
The Obesity Epidemic and How Overweight Americans Can Help Themselves


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An epidemic is sweeping America that no one is talking about: Obesity. It contributes to more than 300,000 deaths a year.

Now Michael Fumento — himself a veteran of the diet wars — turns his searing eye to the quick-fix weight-loss programs that misinform the public while reaping billions in profits and leaving America among the fattest of nations.

In the first book based on a systematic review of thousands of scientific studies and interviews with dozens of health experts, Fumento proves that extra weight is harming our health.

He exposes the diet industry for what it is, explodes the myths of "setpoint theory" and low metabolism, and dissects the billion-dollar low-fat-food fib, showing that "lite" is loaded with unwanted calories, and "non-fat" makes us fatter.

The Fat of the Land offers solid advice to dieters and examines ways in which our society fosters obesity.

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Praise for The Fat of the Land

"Entertaining, intelligent, and comprehensive." - The Detroit News

"Putting theories to test and shysters to shame, the book is worth reading for its lively look at the confusing ideas out there." - San Diego Union Tribune

"A call to action." - The Wall Street Journal

Additional praise for The Fat of the Land.

Read an excerpt from The Fat of the Land and a review, "’Fat’ Sheds Light on Weight Myths" (The Detroit News, December 31, 1997).

Read the transcript from Michael Fumento’s appearance on CNN Morning News, "The Loss of Two Popular Diet Drugs Ignites Search for Alternatives."

Read Michael Fumento’s article, How to Win the War on Weight: Why We Need a New War on Weight (USA WEEKEND, September 14, 1997)

Fat People, Get Real! Stop the Insanity, Get Out of the Zone, and Don’t, Under Any Circumstance Tell Yourself It’s OK To Be Obese — An interview with Michael Fumento by Salon Magazine

Read about Michael Fumento’s additional books and his additional work on obesity.