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The Resource The fattening of America : how the economy makes us fat, if it matters, and what to do about it, Eric A. Finkelstein, Laurie Zuckerman

The fattening of America : how the economy makes us fat, if it matters, and what to do about it, Eric A. Finkelstein, Laurie Zuckerman

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The fattening of America : how the economy makes us fat, if it matters, and what to do about it
Title
The fattening of America
Title remainder
how the economy makes us fat, if it matters, and what to do about it
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Eric A. Finkelstein, Laurie Zuckerman
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Language
eng
Summary
"What's behind the sudden, explosive rise in obesity rates? In a word, it's economics. Author Eric Finkelstein, a renowned health economist who has spent much of his career studying the economics of obesity, with the help of coauthor Laurie Zuckerman, reveals why America's growing waistline is a by-product of our economic and technological success. Because of declining food costs, especially for high-calorie, low-nutrient foods, and increasing usage of technology, which make Americans more sedentary, the environment has changed in such a way that we're eating more calories and burning off less." "Finkelstein and Zuckerman blend theory, research, and engaging - sometimes hilarious - personal anecdotes to break down the causes and the consequences of America's obesity epidemic. One by one, they explore the media's claim that obesity is making our businesses less competitive, pushing good jobs overseas, hurting our military readiness, increasing our taxes, and helping to bankrupt the Medicare and Medicaid Programs. Along the way, the authors also reveal how the obesity epidemic has spurred tremendous demand for all sorts of new products and services, creating a flourishing new market that they call "The ObesEconomy."" "The Fattening of America outlines the issues we must deal with to confront obesity. The authors explore the role that businesses and policymakers play in America's obesity epidemic, and explain that successful obesity prevention strategies need to do exactly the opposite of where the economy is taking us. They need to make it cheaper and easier to be thin - not fat. However, because obesity is a natural by-product of an expanding economy, the authors question whether or not obesity prevention efforts, even if successful, would actually leave some individuals worse off."--Jacket
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Finkelstein, Eric
Dewey number
362.196/39800973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RA645.O23
LC item number
F56 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2008 B-904
  • WD 212
NLM item number
F499f 2008
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1972-
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Zuckerman, Laurie
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  • Obesity
  • Obesity
  • Obesity
  • Diet
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Risk Factors
  • United States
  • Obesity
  • Wirtschaftliche Lage
  • Übergewicht
  • USA
  • Obesity
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The fattening of America : how the economy makes us fat, if it matters, and what to do about it, Eric A. Finkelstein, Laurie Zuckerman
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction : answering the age-old question : why is Uncle Al so fat? -- 1. Craze or crisis? -- So why now? -- My soccer team eats oranges -- So how about adults? Are we gaining, too? -- A growing waistline can be bad for your health -- But are we the only ones gaining weight? -- The longer you stay, the bigger you get -- 2. I'll take a deep-fried coca-cola -- First things first -- Cheap food gets cheaper -- The rise of French-fried potatoes -- Please pass the high-fructose corn syrup -- A full pound of sausage, bacon, and ham : have a meaty morning -- Too much of a good thing -- Kids are also drinking the Kool-Aid -- When is enough enough? -- 3. Why we're moving less (Hint : it's not just the La-Z-Boy) -- But I don't have time! -- Not quite the Jetsons, but ... -- Just be a marathon runner -- We're not farmers anymore -- Sprawling out -- Our kids are also slowing down -- Wrapping it up
  • 4. So where else can we lay the blame? -- Blame mom and dad -- Then just blame mom (you know you will anyway) -- Blame the meds -- Blame the cigs (one more theory goes up in smoke) -- Blame the all-nighter -- Blame the air conditioner (not cool) -- Blame pollution (it's dirty business) -- Blame that nasty "fat bug" -- It's the economy, stupid -- 5. Beware : moral hazard -- Just bill my health insurance -- Is obesity as bad as it used to be? -- Just take a pill or get a procedure -- 6. So we're fat, who cares? -- Is Uncle Al overweight? -- C'mon now, we're only utility maximizing -- Now, let's tear this argument apart (and put it back together) -- So should dad (and the government) care that Uncle Al is obese? -- Just follow the money -- 7. The role of government -- Market failures -- Externalities -- Market power -- Public goods -- Obesity and national defense -- Imperfect (asymmetric) information -- Is there a role for government?
  • 8. Weighing the public policy issues (for adults) -- Equity -- Irrationality -- Compelling public need -- Revisiting past policy -- The road ahead -- Summing up -- 9. Weighing the public policy issues (for kids) -- First, a step back -- Child abuse? -- School-based regulations -- Your mouth will really groove -- In closing -- 10. The employer's dilemma -- Why don't businesses invest more in the health of their workforce? -- The dirty secret about employee wellness programs -- So what's an employer to do? -- Could these programs get me in legal hot water? -- 11. The obeseconomy -- Just how big is the weight-loss industry? -- Just take a pill -- Bigger and better -- Invest in new technology -- In the name of progress -- 12. How to lose weight like an economist -- Economic weight-loss techniques -- A few more secrets to success -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn156994530
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 274 pages
Isbn
9780470124666
Lccn
2007029932
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) o156994530
  • (OCoLC)156994530
Label
The fattening of America : how the economy makes us fat, if it matters, and what to do about it, Eric A. Finkelstein, Laurie Zuckerman
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction : answering the age-old question : why is Uncle Al so fat? -- 1. Craze or crisis? -- So why now? -- My soccer team eats oranges -- So how about adults? Are we gaining, too? -- A growing waistline can be bad for your health -- But are we the only ones gaining weight? -- The longer you stay, the bigger you get -- 2. I'll take a deep-fried coca-cola -- First things first -- Cheap food gets cheaper -- The rise of French-fried potatoes -- Please pass the high-fructose corn syrup -- A full pound of sausage, bacon, and ham : have a meaty morning -- Too much of a good thing -- Kids are also drinking the Kool-Aid -- When is enough enough? -- 3. Why we're moving less (Hint : it's not just the La-Z-Boy) -- But I don't have time! -- Not quite the Jetsons, but ... -- Just be a marathon runner -- We're not farmers anymore -- Sprawling out -- Our kids are also slowing down -- Wrapping it up
  • 4. So where else can we lay the blame? -- Blame mom and dad -- Then just blame mom (you know you will anyway) -- Blame the meds -- Blame the cigs (one more theory goes up in smoke) -- Blame the all-nighter -- Blame the air conditioner (not cool) -- Blame pollution (it's dirty business) -- Blame that nasty "fat bug" -- It's the economy, stupid -- 5. Beware : moral hazard -- Just bill my health insurance -- Is obesity as bad as it used to be? -- Just take a pill or get a procedure -- 6. So we're fat, who cares? -- Is Uncle Al overweight? -- C'mon now, we're only utility maximizing -- Now, let's tear this argument apart (and put it back together) -- So should dad (and the government) care that Uncle Al is obese? -- Just follow the money -- 7. The role of government -- Market failures -- Externalities -- Market power -- Public goods -- Obesity and national defense -- Imperfect (asymmetric) information -- Is there a role for government?
  • 8. Weighing the public policy issues (for adults) -- Equity -- Irrationality -- Compelling public need -- Revisiting past policy -- The road ahead -- Summing up -- 9. Weighing the public policy issues (for kids) -- First, a step back -- Child abuse? -- School-based regulations -- Your mouth will really groove -- In closing -- 10. The employer's dilemma -- Why don't businesses invest more in the health of their workforce? -- The dirty secret about employee wellness programs -- So what's an employer to do? -- Could these programs get me in legal hot water? -- 11. The obeseconomy -- Just how big is the weight-loss industry? -- Just take a pill -- Bigger and better -- Invest in new technology -- In the name of progress -- 12. How to lose weight like an economist -- Economic weight-loss techniques -- A few more secrets to success -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn156994530
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 274 pages
Isbn
9780470124666
Lccn
2007029932
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o156994530
  • (OCoLC)156994530

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