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“Don’t Eat This Book”

20 February 2009 1,481 views No Comment

I just purchased a fantastically fun, easy read from Powell’s books yesterday. The cover caught my attention, “DON’T EAT THIS BOOK, Fast Food and the Supersizing of America,” by Morgan Spurlock who brought us the outsanding documentary, “Super-Size Me.”

In quickly scanning the first chapter, I knew that I would buy the book when I read this paragraph at the end of chapter one:

Like this book, the epidemic of overconsumption that’s plaguing the nation begins with the things we put in our mouths. Since the 1960’s, everyone has known that smoking kills, but it’s only been in the last few years that we’ve become hip to a new killer, one that now rivals smoking as the leading cause of preventable deaths in America and, if current trends continue, will soon be the leading cause: overeating.

Americans are eating themselves to death.”

The titles of the following chapters are hilarious. “Girth of a Nation” “McD-Day” “Sex, Fries and Videotape” “McFree at Last” “Vote with your Fork” to name a few.

The bulk of the book includes startling statistics (we rarely, if ever, exercise anymore, meanwhile our caloric intake has steadily increased) fast food, marketing, politics and consumption. “Consume. Consume. Still not happy? Then you obviously haven’t consumed enough.”

If you’re in denial about how little you exercise and how much crap you eat, do not read this book.

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