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The Resource A big fat crisis : the hidden forces behind the obesity epidemic - and how we can end it, Deborah A. Cohen, MD, MPH

A big fat crisis : the hidden forces behind the obesity epidemic - and how we can end it, Deborah A. Cohen, MD, MPH

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A big fat crisis : the hidden forces behind the obesity epidemic - and how we can end it
Title
A big fat crisis
Title remainder
the hidden forces behind the obesity epidemic - and how we can end it
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Deborah A. Cohen, MD, MPH
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Language
eng
Summary
  • " In the hot days of the summer of 1972, the New York City Health Department investigated an unusually high incidence of deaths among toddlers who fell out of tenement windows. Initially mothers and caregivers were blamed for not being alert, not properly supervising children, or simply neglecting naturally curious toddlers and adventurous young children who leaned out of apartment windows, or crawled onto fire escape stairwells to try and cool off. After an investigation, the health department launched a campaign, "Children Can't Fly" and offered free window guards to families in tenement buildings. The next summer, there were no falls from buildings that had the new window guards. The story of "Children Can't Fly" is an apt analogy for the problem and the solution to the obesity epidemic. Children are born curious and may wander to an open window even if (or because) we tell them to stay away. All of us were born with the capacity and inclination to eat more than we need. In a world where there is too much food, we currently have no constraints that limit our natural tendencies to automatically eat what is readily available. Dr. Cohen has created a major new work of nonfiction that will transform the national conversation surrounding the weight crisis in this country and throughout the world. Based on her own research at the RAND corporation, as well as the latest insights from behavioral economics, psychology, cognitive science, and the social sciences, A Big Fat Crisis reveals the surprising forces behind the obesity epidemic and how we, as a nation, can overcome it. Her conclusions contradict conventional wisdom and widely held expert opinion, and go against our own intuitive beliefs about the way we eat. They represent, in short, a paradigm-shift in how we approach the problem of obesity-and the solution. A Big Fat Crisis argues that the obesity epidemic is the product of two forces: (1) Immutable aspects of human nature, namely the fundamental limits of self-control, the lazy decision-making of the brain's non-cognitive system, and the automatic and unconscious way that we are hard-wired to eat; and (2) A completely transformed food environment: all of the food-related elements of our surroundings, including food stores and restaurants, prices, portion sizes, the types of food available to us, and food marketing and advertising. A Big Fat Crisis offers concrete solutions, arguing that the most important and modifiable steps in the chain of events that leads to obesity are at the point of purchase and the point of consumption. Like cholera and typhoid in the 19th century, obesity is a public health crisis. Ending it requires solutions that transcend individual behavior. Change begins with a fresh perspective and a clearer vision of what we need to do. We can tackle the obesity epidemic. We just can't do it alone"--
  • "Dr. Cohen has created a work of nonfiction that will transform the national conversation surrounding the weight crisis in this country and throughout the world. Based on her own research at the RAND corporation, as well as the latest insights from behavioral economics, psychology, cognitive science, and the social sciences, A Big Fat Crisis reveals the surprising forces behind the obesity epidemic and how we, as a nation, can overcome it. Her conclusions contradict conventional wisdom and widely held expert opinion, and go against our own intuitive beliefs about the way we eat. They represent, in short, a paradigm-shift in how we approach the problem of obesity--and the solution. A Big Fat Crisis offers concrete solutions, arguing that the most important and modifiable steps in the chain of events that leads to obesity are at the point of purchase and the point of consumption. Like cholera and typhoid in the 19th century, obesity is a public health crisis. Ending it requires solutions that transcend individual behavior. Change begins with a fresh perspective and a clearer vision of what we need to do."--
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Dewey number
362.1963/98
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RA645.O23
LC item number
C64 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2014 B-218
  • WD 210
Label
A big fat crisis : the hidden forces behind the obesity epidemic - and how we can end it, Deborah A. Cohen, MD, MPH
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-247) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
Contents
Human nature and food : It's not your fault ; The limits of self-control ; The overwhelmed brain ; Eating is automatic -- The food environment : Abundant and cheap ; A food desert? Try a swamp ; Marketing obesity -- An alternate vision : A plea for change: we are all in this together ; A safer food environment ; The supermarket of the future ; Fit and fat: what about physical activity? ; In the meantime: what individuals can do ; Conclusion -- Healthier meal guidelines for adults and children
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9781568589671
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013024389
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)851572821
  • UtOrBLW
Label
A big fat crisis : the hidden forces behind the obesity epidemic - and how we can end it, Deborah A. Cohen, MD, MPH
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-247) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Human nature and food : It's not your fault ; The limits of self-control ; The overwhelmed brain ; Eating is automatic -- The food environment : Abundant and cheap ; A food desert? Try a swamp ; Marketing obesity -- An alternate vision : A plea for change: we are all in this together ; A safer food environment ; The supermarket of the future ; Fit and fat: what about physical activity? ; In the meantime: what individuals can do ; Conclusion -- Healthier meal guidelines for adults and children
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9781568589671
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013024389
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)851572821
  • UtOrBLW

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